Why Is Hillary Clinton in England?

She's spending her July Fourth weekend in an ironic locale.

National Journal

Hillary Clinton is spending her Fourth of July weekend visiting — where else? — the United Kingdom.

Clinton has been doing a media tour across the pond, promoting her book against flagging sales. But she's already gotten cries of "gaffe!" from some conservative media outlets and British commentators alike.

In an interview with the BBC's Woman's Hour show, Clinton misidentifed the two largest political parties in the U.K. after being asked about the "special relationship" between the American and British governments.

"It is so special to me, personally, and I think it is very special between our countries. There's just a — not just a common language — but a common set of values that we can fall back on," she said. "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."

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For those of you not super into British politics: A Tory is the same thing as a Conservative. They are the same party — it would be like saying the GOP is different from the Republican Party. Granted, it's not exactly a Kinsley gaffe, but it does look somewhat embarrassing for a former secretary of State and, as Alex Seitz-Wald points out, one who has championed her own worldliness.

Along with the "special relationship" question, Clinton was asked, for the millionth time, if she would run for president. "I'm not sure I want it to continue, that's why I haven't decided," she said. "The right question is not are you going to run ... it's what is your vision for the country."

Clinton isn't the first former (or future) presidential candidate to stumble through a visit to the U.K. In 2012, Mitt Romney annoyed some Brits by calling the preparations for the London Olympics "disconcerting" and by saying it was "hard to know just how well it will turn out."

The Beeb was just one stop on Clinton's British invasion. She'll also make appearances on The One Show, and on Friday, Clinton will join The Guardian for an interview. That interview will include crowd-sourced questions from readers, as well as from British cultural figures like Jamie Oliver, Alastair Campbell, and Caitlin Moran.

Which raises the question: Why is Clinton in the United Kingdom in the first place? Our best guess is that it's 1) to promote her book, 2) to keep her name in the headlines, and 3) because for Hillary Clinton, the world is never enough.