Biden campaign walks back the VP’s stump speech tale about being arrested trying to visit Nelson Mandela
Former Vice President Joe Biden (Photo: Screen capture)

Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign walked back a tale that he has repeatedly told on the campaign trail.

On Friday, The New York Times reported Biden had told similar versions of the same story "at least three campaign appearances over the past two weeks."

“This day, 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and entered into discussions about apartheid,” Biden claimed. “I had the great honor of meeting him. I had the great honor of being arrested with our U.N. ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on Robbens Island.”

The claim was awarded "Four Pinocchios" by The Washington Post.

Following Tuesday's Democratic debate, Biden's deputy campaign manager walked back the claim.