Joe Biden: I May Have Relatives in India

Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 01:47 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Vice President Joe Biden said that he might have Indian relatives, while speaking at the Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday.

"It's an honor to be back in India and to be here in Mumbai," Biden said to the crowd, The Weekly Standard reports.  "Off script for a second here, I was reminded — I was elected to the United States Senate when I was a 29-year-old kid back in 1972 — and one of the letters I received and I never followed up on it."

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"Maybe some genealogist in the audience can follow up for me, I received a letter from a gentleman named Biden — Biden, my name — from Mumbai, asserting that we were related. Seriously," the vice president said. "Suggesting that our mutual, great, great, great, something or other worked for the East India Trading Company back in the 1700s and came to Mumbai."

With the crowd laughing, the vice president suggested he might have a political future in India.

"And so I was thinking about it, if that's true, I might run here in India for office. I might be qualified," Biden said. "But I've never followed up on it. But now that I'm back for multiple times, I'm going to follow up to find out whether there is a Biden and whether we're related. I hope he's in good standing if we are."

Biden added that after his trip that he would have "bragging rights" when he returned home to the "tight Indian-American community" in Delaware because he would now be able to tell them that he "visited the home of the best cricket team in the world."


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