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Romney's English roots surprise cousins left behind

Sunday, October 07, 2012 - 01:37

Oct. 8 - A world away from the corridors of power in Washington, one English family are following the U.S. Presidential election more closely than most -- they've recently found out they are distant relatives of Republican hopeful, Mitt Romney. Georgina Cooper reports.

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Mitt Romney may be struggling in presidential campaign, but he can take comfort from the backing of new friends.....his relatives in England. Jennie Iveson is Romney's fourth cousin. She lives here in Barrow-in-Furness, northwest England - a world away from the Washington corridors of power. SOUNDBITE: JENNIE IVESON, MITT ROMNEY'S FOURTH COUSIN, SAYING (English): "I've got somebody going for the job, you know, going for Presidency. Quite a really surprise. Big surprise." Jennie and Mitt share a great great great grandfather, George Romney. Mitt's side of the clan left for America in 1841, while Jennie's stayed behind. SOUNDBITE: JENNIE IVESON, MITT ROMNEY'S FOURTH COUSIN, SAYING (English): "He looks a bit like my brother, one of my brothers. When he had dark hair like him, it's all grey now." The family link was discovered by Jennie's grand-daughter, Maria and her husband Simon Nash. SOUNDBITE: MARIA NASH, FOURTH COUSIN TWICE REMOVED OF MITT ROMNEY'S, SAYING (English): "Just a surprising feeling really, because it's not what you expect to find in your family tree really is it? So yeah, very much shocked." Politics has never been Jennie's thing, but she will take a keener interest now. SOUNDBITE JENNIE IVESON, MITT ROMNEY'S FOURTH COUSIN, SAYING (English) : "I will follow his thing, see if he gets to President and wish him luck and everything else." When asked how Mitt Romney feels about his English roots -- his campaign spokeswoman simply said "no comment."

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Romney's English roots surprise cousins left behind

Sunday, October 07, 2012 - 01:37