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Clinton Camp's Explanation for Her Misleading Immigration Statement About Her Grandparents

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the reporters at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Clinton conceded that she should have used a government email to conduct business as secretary of state, saying her decision was simply a matter of "convenience." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Hillary Clinton made what appears to be a misleading comment about her ancestry when talking about immigration to a gathering in Norwalk, Iowa.

She told a group of Iowans that, “all of my grandparents, you know, came over here.”

AP Photo/Seth Wenig

But BuzzFeed checked Census data and found that only the Democratic presidential candidate’s paternal grandfather, Hugh Rodham Sr., was born in England and came to the United States as a young child. Her paternal grandmother was born in Pennsylvania, and two maternal grandparents were born in Illinois.

"Her grandparents always spoke about the immigrant experience and, as a result she has always thought of them as immigrants," a Clinton campaign spokesperson said in response. "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 U.S. in the early 1880s."

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