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Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton during Las Vegas speech (VIDEO)

Published time: April 10, 2014 23:41
Edited time: April 11, 2014 11:17
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ducks after a woman threw an object toward her while she was delivering remarks at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries conference on April 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(AFP Photo / Isaac Brekken)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ducks after a woman threw an object toward her while she was delivering remarks at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries conference on April 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(AFP Photo / Isaac Brekken)

​Former US Secretary of State was nearly hit by a shoe during a speech in Las Vegas Thursday, dodging the object at the last second as an usher escorted a young woman from the audience.

Clinton had only been on the stage at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting near the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino for moments when an object flew toward her from the crowd. Clinton, also a former New York State senator and First Lady, stepped out of its path and joked, “good thing she didn’t play softball like I did,” as quoted by the Associated Press.

The young woman was not identified, although security personnel at Mandalay Bay told reporters the police had been called and she would likely be arrested.

Considered likely to run as the Democratic candidate for president in 2016, Clinton is touring the country and delivering a series of speeches while at work on a book about her time in the State Department, a term that stretched across the first four years of the Obama administration. She appeared at the Las Vegas conference alongside Steve Wozniak, an Apple co-founder.