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Biden: ‘Make sure the record player is on at night’ so kids hear more words

In a meandering answer to a question about racial inequality in schools, Biden said one way to help educate kids is to “make sure the record player is on at night.”

Biden said social workers should be brought into homes to help parents “deal with how to raise their children.” He then said it’s not that some parents don’t want to help, they just don’t know what to do.

“Play the radio, make sure the television, excuse me, make sure you have a record player on at night,” Biden said, “make sure that kids hear words, a kid coming from a very poor school, or a very poor background, will hear four million fewer words spoken by the time they get there.”

Castro, who spoke next, said, “Well, that’s quite a lot.”

Third Democratic debate: Analysis and fact-checking

Ten Democratic candidates will be on stage Thursday night for the third debate of the presidential primary race. The previous two debates have been held over two nights, but the Democratic National Committee tightened the donor and polling requirements for participation, decreasing the field.

The debate is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Eastern and last three hours. It’s being held in Houston and will be aired on ABC.

On stage will be former vice president Joe Biden; Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.); Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.); South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former congressman Beto O’Rourke; Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.); businessman Andrew Yang; former HUD secretary Julián Castro; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).