Vice President Biden Says He Doesn't Know who Van Jones Is

In a radio interview Tuesday, Vice President Biden said he didn't know who Van Jones, the former so-called White House "Green Czar," who resigned amid controversy in 2009, is.

Biden was asked about the Tea Party and Van Jones' organization while talking to Tampa radio station 970 WFLA. Jones recently announced he was creating a movement out of the "Occupy Wall Street" group which has been protesting the financial sector in New York City this week.

"I really don't know about the Van Jones group, except what I read in the press," the vice president said when asked.

He went on to say, "There's a great frustration here in America that the two parties haven't been able to get very much moving. We have been in this period where there is just nothing but fighting, and so you have on the one hand Van Jones' guys. whoever he is."

Host Jack Harris then interrupted and pointed out Jones used to work in the Obama administration, at which the host and Biden briefly laughed.

"Oh is that - alright," Biden said.

The Jones group has been presenting its ideas this week at a conference in D.C. Over the weekend, Jones announced he would be launching an "October Offensive" out of the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street protests as a chance to counter the influence of the Tea Party.

Biden was in Florida touting the American Jobs Act and said how it would help jobs for teachers.

As for the Tea Party, Biden actually had some positive things to say, even connecting their mission to Jones'. "And, by the way, I don't disrespect the Tea Party, I think the Tea Party and the Van Jones folks are part - different halves of the same concern, there's an overwhelming frustration," he said.

"The point is talking about the excesses of Wall Street and there's some truth in what he [Jones] says and the Tea Party, there's some truth in what they say, I don't have a disagreement."

Jones left his position as "Green Czar," which was a new administration position, after there were questions raised about his political past, including allegations of ties to a group in the 1990s that associated with Marxism, and his name appearing on a petition for the so-called 9/11 "truther" movement, which questions what happened and if the government actually was covering something up or mischaracterized what happened on September 11th.