Fact Check: Joe Biden Was NOT Wearing An IV Or A Wire In His Sleeve During The Cleveland Debate

Fact Check

  • by: Maarten Schenk

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Fact Check: Joe Biden Was NOT Wearing An IV Or A Wire In His Sleeve During The Cleveland Debate Rosary Beads

Did Joe Biden wear an IV or a wire up his sleeve during the Presidential Debate in Cleveland on September 29, 2020? No, that's not true: viral photos making that assertion or just questioning what is up Biden's sleeve actually show a rosary Biden wears in remembrance of his late son Beau. The rosary has a tiny medallion attached to it that appears to have poked out of Biden's sleeve at one point when he moved his arm upwards.

An example of this claim can be seen in this Facebook post (archived here) published during the debate. It read:

My cousin seen this and pointed it out. Was he on an IV?

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Sep 30 13:19:44 2020 UTC)

A similar claim was made in this YouTube video:

Lead Stories was able to get clearer footage from C-Span's YouTube channel:

It shows the rosary Joe Biden wears in remembrance of his son Beau who passed away from a brain tumor on May 30, 2015.

Below you can watch a 2017 interview with Megyn Kelly in which Biden talks about wearing the rosary that used to belong to his son.

Here is a close-up of the rosary taken from that interview in which you can see the medallion dangling from it:


(Source: screenshot from Megyn Kelly Today)

A similar claim emerged during the debate saying Biden was wearing a wire under his jacket, that turned out to be a shirt crease as you can read in this earlier fact check from Lead Stories.


  • 2020-09-30T19:14:45Z 2020-09-30T19:14:45Z
    Added more info about the medallion.

This fact check is available at IFCN's 2020 US Elections #Chatbot on WhatsApp. Click here, for more.

  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.

Read more about or contact Maarten Schenk

About Us

International Fact-Checking Organization Meta Third-Party Fact Checker

Lead Stories is a fact checking website that is always looking for the latest false, misleading, deceptive or inaccurate stories, videos or images going viral on the internet.
Spotted something? Let us know!.

Lead Stories is a:


Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from Lead Stories LLC:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

Most Read

Most Recent

Share your opinion