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Biden: ‘I’m more Jewish than Hillary’

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 10/27/16

From The Times of Israel:

Joe Biden wants you to know, he’s more Jewish than Hillary Clinton. The famously Catholic vice president allowed this revelation on Monday in Dayton, Ohio, where he was campaigning for the Democratic presidential nominee and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, the Democrat attempting to unseat Republican Sen. Rob Portman. The moment comes 19 minutes into the speech, courtesy of C-Span, and counter-intuitively enough, after Biden crosses himself to emphasize that he does not like saying the words “Donald Trump.” The crowd laughs appreciatively, and Biden tosses out a self-deprecating line he often uses when he gets a little irreverent: “No one ever doubts I mean what I say, the problem is, I sometimes say all that I mean and it gets me in trouble.” Someone in the crowd interjects, “You’re a real mensch!” Biden grins. “Thank you, it’s a high compliment, a high compliment,” he says, and digresses for a moment into one of his favorite lines when he’s stumping the Jewish circuit. “By the way, I’m the only Irish Catholic you know who had his dream met because his daughter married a Jewish surgeon, I just want you to know that,” he says, to applause and laughter. (Biden’s daughter, Ashley, married Philadelphia surgeon Howard Krein in 2012.) Marc Daniels, who has been ubiquitous this year on the campaign trail selling specialized kippahs, tells me he was in the second row with a stack of Hillary kippahs. Biden seemed to notice. “I have more yarmulkes — as many yarmulkes as you do,” Biden says, and suggests he’s contemplated conversion. “If I’m going to switch, I know where I’m going.” Then he tries out another line he’s tested on the Jewish circuit. “I just want you to know, the oldest Catholic church in Delaware, my daughter got married several years ago and there was a huppah on the altar.” This is where Daniels interjects, “I have Hillary yarmulkes!” and Biden rejoins: “Those are Hillary yarmulkes, I’m more Jewish than Hillary is, I’ve been there a lot longer than even Hillary.”

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Photo: C-Span/Times of Israel

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