"Without Joe Biden, I wouldn't be talking to you today," Harrington said in a video that aired during the virtual convention. "A few months ago, I met him in New Hampshire. He told me we were members of the same club."
As Harrington explained, they both stutter, and they both are working to move past the obstacle.
"It’s really amazing to see that someone like me became vice president," Harrington explained. "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."
Harrington said he did "the same thing today" to be able to deliver his powerful testimonial.
"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," Harrington continued. “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."
“I’m just a regular kid, and in a short amount of time, Joe Biden made me more confident about something that’s bothered me my whole life. Joe Biden cared.” – Brayden Harrington#DemConventionpic.twitter.com/KoPprXXwCQ
Biden has been open in the past about his challenges with stuttering, and how he's worked hard to overcome the speech issue in the past.
Harrington's courage in delivering such a public address to support Biden was met with a lot of love on Twitter from those who were moved by his story.
One of my kids is a stutterer. No matter how much courage you think Brayden Harrington's talk just now took, believe me, it's way more. God bless that kid, and God bless Joe Biden for giving him hope, and a chance to speak. [Retweeted this to fix typo]
Talked to Brayden Harrington's father shortly after he met Biden. "He was basically showing him a strategy. He normalized it," Owen Harrington said. "That meant a lot for both of us."https://t.co/u4zmmJjTZc