Referring to himself as “the poorest man in Congress,” Vice President Joe Biden appeared to take a swipe at Hillary Clinton on the issue of wealth.
Clinton, the likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, has taken a lot of heat for recent efforts to downplay her substantial wealth — something Biden won’t have to contend with, should he decide to challenge her in the primary.
“Don’t hold it against me that I don’t own a single stock or bond, I have no savings account,” Biden said Monday at the White House Summit on Working Families. “But I get a great pension and I get a good salary. For real, for real.”
But is it for real?
According to Time political reporter Zeke Miller, who tweeted a link to Biden’s public financial disclosure report, the vice president’s claims are not factually accurate:
Fact Check: Joe Biden has a savings account http://t.co/xLZ8esjFMQ
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 23, 2014
Miller also tweeted a link that show’s Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, is in a mutual fund.
As might be expected, Twitter users responded with the usual snark:
— Amani Mansour (@AmaniMansour94) June 23, 2014
— L (@OrwellForks) June 23, 2014
@OrwellForks @ZekeJMiller In my head, Joe Biden continues to sound closer and closer to Will Ferrell’s Harry Caray
— Chris Hynes (@realchrishynes) June 23, 2014
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