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Biden: 'I've Served Longer in the Senate ... than All but 13 People in the History the United States of America'

Not true.

12:52 PM, Jun 6, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Joe Biden, speaking earlier today in North Carolina:

"The president has a plan to move this country forward," Biden said. "People’s lives and livelihoods are hanging in the balance while the politics on Capitol Hill is being played in a way that I haven’t seen  -  and I’ve served longer in the Senate, I’m almost embarrassed to admit, than all but 13 people in the history of the United States of America. God. God, I’m getting old. I don’t feel that way."

 In fact, Biden's version of Senate history is wrong. The vice president served longer than every senator but 14, according to the Senate's website:

1. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV)
2. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI)
3. Strom Thurmond (R-SC)
4. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA)
5. Carl T. Hayden (D-AZ)
6. John Stennis (D-MS)
7. Ted Stevens (R-AK)
8. Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC)
9. Richard B. Russell (D-GA)
10. Russell Long (D-LA)
11. Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT)
12. Francis E. Warren (R-WY)
13. James Eastland (D-MS)
14. Warren Magnuson (D-WA)
15. Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE)

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