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Hillary Clinton trips up over her family roots

Raf Sanchez

Published 18/04/2015 | 02:30

Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a roundtable discussion with members of the small business community at Capital City Fruit in Norwalk, Iowa. Getty Images
Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a roundtable discussion with members of the small business community at Capital City Fruit in Norwalk, Iowa. Getty Images

Hillary Clinton's British roots tripped her up on the campaign trail on Thursday after she inaccurately claimed that her grandmother was born in Wales.

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While many Americans can trace some family history back to the UK, Ms Clinton does have an unusually direct connection to Britain.

Her grandfather, Hugh Rodham, was born in Northumberland in 1879 and brought to Pennsylvania as a child along with his six brothers and sisters.

His father - Ms Clinton's great-grandfather - had been a coal miner but came to the US to seek his fortune.

Ms Clinton accurately described his journey while speaking to a small group in Iowa about her immigrant roots during the first trip of her presidential campaign this week, telling her audience how her British-born grandfather grew up as an American and worked in a lace factory until he was 65. But she stumbled when it came to the story of her grandmother, Hannah Jones. While Jones's father was a Welsh coal miner who moved to the US in 1879, his daughter was in fact born in Pennsylvania three years later.

Mrs Clinton falsely said both her grandmother and grandfather were born abroad and emigrated to the US, saying "all my grandparents, you know, came over here". When the inaccurate statement was pointed out by Buzzfeed, the Clinton campaign put out a statement acknowledging the error.

"Her grandparents always spoke about the immigrant experience and, as a result, she has always thought of them as immigrants," a Clinton spokesman said.

"As has been correctly pointed out, while her grandfather was an immigrant, it appears that Hillary's grandmother was born shortly after her parents and siblings arrived in the US in the early 1880s," he added. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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