8:02 AM, Jul 3, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken her book tour abroad. But in an interview with the BBC, when answering a question about how specialness of the special relationship between the U.S. and UK, the nation's former top diplomat gets the names of the political parties in the UK wrong.
The BBC host asked, "So how special is the special relationship?"
"It is so special to me, personally, and I think it is very special between our countries," Clinton said. "There's just a -- not just a common language -- but a common set of values that we can fall back on. It doesn't matter in our country whether it's a Republican or Democrat, or frankly in your country whether it's a Conservative or a Tory. There is a level of trust and understanding. It doesn't mean we always agree because of course we don't."
It would seem Hillary Clinton meant to refer to the Conservative and Labour parties.
Yesterday she tweeted from the JFK Airport, where she stopped to sign books on her way to London:
Daniel Halper is online editor at The Weekly Standard and author of the forthcoming Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine.
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