Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden desperately tried to relate to the average American during last night’s CNN debate, and claimed he could not afford childcare on a $42,000 salary in 1973.

The former VP was asked,”Infant care is more expensive than in state public college tuition in more than half the country. Do you support free universal infant care?”

Biden replied, “There should be free universal infant care. I was a single parent, too. When my wife and daughter were killed, my two boys I had to raise. I was a senator, a young senator, I just hadn’t been sworn in yet. And I was making $42,000 a year.”

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“I commuted every single solitary day to Wilmington, Delaware … 250 miles a day,” Biden continued. “Because I could not afford, but for my family, childcare. It was beyond my reach to be able to do it.”

As the Washington Free Beacon points out, Biden’s freshman Senate salary of $42,000 a year is the modern day equivalent of $250,000 when adjusted for inflation:

While living on $42,000 would place Biden in the bottom half of U.S. households in today’s dollars, it placed him firmly among the richest Americans when he was sworn in as senator in 1973. Biden’s freshman Senate salary of $42,500 would be the equivalent of $256,370.77 in 2019 dollars, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator.

Furthermore, as the Beacon points out, Biden penned an op-ed in 1981 titled “Congress is supporting deterioration of family,” where he argued that families in his income bracket did not need federal assistance in providing for their childcare.

“What I do not accept as legitimate is a social policy that encourages a couple making $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 or more a year to evade full responsibility for their children by granting them a tax credit for day-care expenses,” Biden wrote.

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer reacted to Biden’s claim, writing on Twitter, “Biden just said he couldn’t afford child care in 1972 when he was making $42,000/yr. Today, that’d be $256,000/yr. Really Joe? If you can’t run your own household efficiently, I don’t think you can run our country! Vote @realDonaldTrump

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