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‘Is that true?’: Joe Biden claims his wife Jill once complained about him being labelled the ‘poorest’ man in Congress in his latest questionable tale — after suggesting he was ‘raised’ in the Puerto Rican community in Delaware

  • Joe Biden has claimed his wife complained that he was the poorest senator 
  • He said Jill Biden told him a newspaper in Delaware described him as such  
  • Just last month President also claimed he was raised in Puerto Rican community 

Joe Biden claimed his wife complained that he was the poorest man in Congress in the President’s latest questionable tale.

Just last month he said he was ‘sort of’ raised in the Puerto Rican community in Delaware.

He told a New Mexico community college yesterday that he had been the ‘poorest man in congress’ and added it was a ‘true story’.

The couple (pictured at JFK Airport on October 31) have been together for 45 years. They got married in 1977

The couple (pictured at JFK Airport on October 31) have been together for 45 years. They got married in 1977

He said: ‘I called [Jill] one morning. I was up in the state of Vermont campaigning for Pat Leahy. 

‘I said, “Hi, honey. How are you?” She said, “Fine.”’

He added sarcastically: ‘Well, you know that’s a good start.’

President Biden continued: ‘She said, “Did you read today’s paper?” True story. “Did you read today’s paper?” — meaning the local Wilmington paper.

While Joe Biden (pictured as a young man with his wife Jill) was likely one of the least wealthy congressmen, it is difficult to prove he was the poorest

While Joe Biden (pictured as a young man with his wife Jill) was likely one of the least wealthy congressmen, it is difficult to prove he was the poorest

He previously claimed just last month that he was 'raised in the Puerto Rican community' in Delaware

He previously claimed just last month that he was ‘raised in the Puerto Rican community’ in Delaware

‘I said, “No, honey. I didn’t see it.” She said, “Headline, front page, top of the fold: ‘Biden: Poorest Man in Congress.’ Is that true?”

‘Well, I didn’t think you were supposed to make money when you’re in Congress. 

‘I didn’t feel poor. No, no, and by the way, I got elected when I was 29. 

‘I had no income. I mean, I had a little. I was just starting my law practice. 

‘But I had a good salary as a senator. I thought that was just fine.’

When Biden started out as a senator his annual salary was $42,500 and by the time he married Jill in 1977 it had raised to $57,500.

At the time, the average income for American households was more than 76 per cent less at just $13,570. 

Biden was likely one of the least wealthy senators when he first entered Congress but since there are not records of all senators in 1973, when Biden joined, it is impossible to prove he was the poorest.

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It’s not the first time the President has made a questionable claim.

Just last month he claimed he was ‘raised in the Puerto Rican community’ in Delaware.

He said: ‘We have a very large Puerto Rican population in Delaware relative to our population.

‘We have the eighth largest Black population of the country and between all minorities, we have 20 per cent of our state [that] is minority. 

‘And so I was sort of raised in the Puerto Rican community at home, politically.’

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