Grapevine: Whose pension is actually bigger?

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Star Power

A tense discussion of hypocrisy and China set up this memorable exchange during Tuesday's debate.


MITT ROMNEY, R – PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: Mr. President have you looked at your pension?


ROMNEY: Have you looked at your pension?

OBAMA: I've got to say –-

ROMNEY: Mr. President, have you looked at your pension?

OBAMA: Ya know, I don't looked at my pension. It's not as big as yours, so it doesn't take as long.

ROMNEY: Well, let me give you some advice --

OBAMA: I don't check it that often.

ROMNEY: Let me give you some advice. Look at your pension. You also have investments in Chinese companies, you also have investments outside the United States, you also have investments through a Caymans trust --


Politifact rated Romney's statement about the president's pension as mostly true.

The site clarified Romney's claim by noting that the investments are indirect and done without knowledge of the account holder.

CNBC took on the pension size question by noting that when the president leaves office he will receive a public pension of $191,000 a year.

Given average life expectancy that works out to about $6 million.

That does not include Secret Service protection.

Governor Romney has no public pension at all so the president does indeed have a bigger pension than Romney, though it is worth noting the governor's IRA is said to be in the neighborhood of about $90 million.

Words That Work?

Here's one that Vice President Biden probably wishes he could take back. Listen carefully to what he said today during a campaign event.


VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: How many of you know someone who served in Iraq or Iran? How many of you know someone who has been injured or lost in Iraq or Iran?


Know anyone who served in Iraq or Iran -- also did you see Senator Harry Reid raise his hand? He said that twice.

Out of Print

Newsweek's December 31st issue will be its last print.

The magazine will transition to an all-digital format December 31st, confirming reports this summer that had been originally rebuffed.

Editor Tina Brown sent a letter to her staff in July -– quote -- "Owner Barry Diller would like to make it clear that he did not say...Newsweek is going digital in September. He made the uncontroversial, industry-wide observation that print is moving in the direction of digital."

NewsBusters' Noel Sheppard quips -- quote -- "You were saying, Tina?"

Again, the last Newsweek in print, December 31st.

Best Dressed List

And finally, Michelle Obama and Ann Romney both dressed up for Tuesday's debate, both in pink.

US Magazine's headline, "Ann Romney Wears $1,690 Oscar de la Renta Dress to Presidential Debate." Big headline.

Three paragraphs into the article -- quote -- "Obama...styled a shift dress and cropped jacket from Michael Kors' 2013 Resort Collection. The dress retails for $1,795 and the jacket is $1,495."