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Biden formally accepts Democratic nomination

There’s been a few emotional moments so far tonight, but none have been quite as poignant as Brayden Harrington’s speech.

Harrington met Biden in New Hampshire, where “he told me that we were members of the same club: we stutter.” He’s now here at the DNC, giving a specially prepared speech now Biden has helped him find his voice.

You can watch his speech here:

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“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#DemConvention pic.twitter.com/KoPprXXwCQ

August 21, 2020

There has been an outpouring of support and admiration for Harrington:

Wendell Pierce

My God! Tears of pride as I watch Braden address the country through his stutter! With courage and clarity!!!! #DNC2020

August 21, 2020

Yamiche Alcindor

Brayden Harrington, the 13-year-old boy from New Hampshire with a stutter, was quite amazing. He was so brave and delivered that speech like a champ.

More on him:https://t.co/uiOLfNaJ2z

August 21, 2020

Liz Plank

The fact we are hearing from a child with a speech disability rather than his parents is how far we’ve come in four years. #DemConvention

August 21, 2020

John Hendrickson

Cheers to Brayden for stuttering before an audience of millions. Notice how he struggles for breaths here. Stuttering takes so much air out of you. You may hear Biden struggle to breathe a bit this way later.

August 21, 2020

Dan Rather

Brayden Harrington, the 13-year-old boy with a stutter. Pure, unvarnished, courage.

August 21, 2020

Bloomberg: ‘It didn’t have to be this way’

Among the speakers tonight is Joe Biden’s youngest son, Hunter, who has been a long-time source of Republican ire and conspiracy.

Ahead of Joe Biden’s speech, the Trump campaign released an advert attacking his business links to China, and portraying Joe Biden as being soft on the country. The ad, Politico reported: “Focuses on a 2013 trip the Bidens took to Beijing and intersperses clips of Joe Biden promoting Chinese development. It accuses Hunter Biden of using his father’s position to garner favorable financial deals. Trump called on China to investigate Hunter Biden last year.”

Hunter Biden, an investor and lobbyist who served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company, has long been an obsession for Trump.

It was the president’s urging of Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden – there is no evidence that Biden committed any crime – that led to Trump being impeached last year, and this ad splurge suggests Biden’s son will remain in focus as the election looms.Also slated to speak is Biden’s daughter, Ashley Biden, who launched an ethically produced clothing company in 2017 and is expected to campaign on her father’s behalf until November.

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