Former Vice President Joe Biden never said that he attended Delaware State

Biden was referring to when he announced his first Senate bid on the campus of Delaware State College in 1972.
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30-Sep-2020 2:50 PM EDT, by Newswise

Fact Check By: Craig Jones, Newswise

Truthfulness: False

Claim:

To Joe Biden: You said you went to Delaware State but you forgot the name of your college.

Claim Publisher and Date: President Donald Trump on 2020-09-29

In the first televised debate between Pres. Donald Trump and Former President Joe Biden, Trump said to Biden, "You said you went to Delaware State but you forgot the name of your college." This is a false claim. 

The claim was a reference to a rally in 2019, where Biden said he got his "start" at Delaware State University, a historically Black university — but he wasn't implying he attended DSU. Biden was referring to when he announced his first Senate bid on the campus of Delaware State College in 1972. Biden actually attended University of Delaware for his undergraduate studies, and Syracuse University for law school. At the time Biden announced his candidacy on the campas of DSU in 1972, Delaware State University was known as Delaware State College. 

As reported by Politifact...

Trump’s claim was putting words in Biden’s mouth. The former vice president never said that he attended Delaware State. 

Trump appeared to be referring to a remark that Biden made at a town hall in Florence, S.C., where he said that he got his "start" at DSU. In context, it’s clear that Biden wasn’t implying that he went to the university, but referencing the support he received from the school in 1972 when he announced his run for U.S. Senate on the campus. 

 

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