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Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has dealt with stuttering throughout his life, said he keeps in contact and works with many people who stutter.
“I deal with about 15 stutterers I keep in contact with all the time,” Biden said.
Biden was asked at the CNN town hall what advice he would give a college student who has struggled with stuttering since he was a young child. The question led the former vice president to open up more publicly about his own struggles than he has before in the 2020 race — and acknowledge that he still stutters at times.
“You know, stuttering, when you think about it, is the only handicap that people still laugh about. That still humiliate people about. And they don’t even mean to,” Biden said.
“The point I make to these young people that I still work with, is that in fact it’s critically important for them not to judge themselves by their speech. (To) not let that define them,” Biden said.
“What I say to anybody out there, and any of the people you work with, young people who stutter, I’ll give you my phone number, not a joke, and they can call me. I’ll give you a private number, ” Biden said.