- Brayden Harrington, a 13-year-old kid who met Joe Biden at a campaign event earlier this year, spoke at the Democratic National Convention about how Biden helped him overcome his stutter.
- “Without Joe Biden, I wouldn’t be talking to you today,” Harrington said, adding that Biden told him they were “members of the same club: we stutter.”
- Harrington went on to say Biden gave him tips on how to overcome his stutter.
- “I’m just a regular kid, and in a short amount of time, Joe Biden made me feel more confident about something that’s bothered me my whole life.”
- Scroll down to watch a clip of Brayden Harrington’s speech.
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Brayden Harrington, a 13-year-old boy from New Hampshire, spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday about how Joe Biden helped him overcome his stutter after the two met earlier this year.
“My name is Brayden Harrington and I am 13 years old,” Harrington said. “And without Joe Biden, I wouldn’t be talking to you today.”
He went on to say that when he met Biden at a New Hampshire event a few months ago, Biden told him they were “members of the same club.”
“We stutter,” Harrington said. “It was really amazing to hear that someone like me became vice president. He told me about a book of poems by Yeats he would read out loud to practice.”
“He showed me how he marks his addresses to make them easier to say out loud, so I did the same thing today,” Harrington added, while holding up his prepared speech.
“We all want the world to feel better,” he said. “We need the world to feel better. I’m just a regular kid and in a short amount of time, Joe Biden made me feel more confident about something that’s bothered me my whole life. Joe Biden cared. Imagine what he could do for all of us. Kids like me are counting on you to elect someone we can all look up to, someone who cares, someone who will make our country and the world feel better. We’re counting on you to elect Joe Biden.”
Harrington met Biden at a campaign event in Concord, New Hampshire in February. His father, Owen, told CNN that Biden talked with Braydon on the rope line and then invited him backstage.
“He put his focus on Brayden and made time for him, talked to him, explained that it doesn’t define him, he’s stronger, that he’s a good person,” Owen said. “It was really overwhelming for Brayden. He started breaking down a little bit.”
Biden has spoken openly about his struggles with stuttering as a child and says he regularly talks with about 15 people who stutter.
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