The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden comes to Washington to honor John Lewis

The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden comes to Washington to honor John Lewis
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE is slated to visit Washington, D.C., to pay his respects to the late civil rights icon Rep. John LewisJohn LewisHillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close Underwood takes over as chair of House cybersecurity panel Trump to pay respects to Ginsburg at Supreme Court MORE (D-Ga.), who is lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda. Biden’s campaign made the announcement late Sunday evening.

Lewis endorsed Biden and actively supported the former vice president in the final days of his life.

"It is my belief that we need Joe Biden now more than ever before," Lewis said in a call with reporters when he endorsed Biden in April. "We need his voice. We need his leadership now more than ever before," he continued. "We need someone who is going to get our country on the right side of history and help save our planet."

Lewis died on July 17 at the age of 80 after a battle with cancer.

The civil rights icon’s hearse traveled through the streets of the district en route to the Capitol on Monday, passing through Black Lives Matter Plaza.

Members of Congress gathered in the rotunda to honor Lewis’s memory after the hearse’s arrival. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocratic senator to party: 'A little message discipline wouldn't kill us' Overnight Health Care: New wave of COVID-19 cases builds in US | Florida to lift all coronavirus restrictions on restaurants, bars | Trump stirs questions with 0 drug coupon plan Overnight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocratic senator to party: 'A little message discipline wouldn't kill us' House to vote on resolution affirming peaceful transition of power Republican lawyers brush off Trump's election comments MORE (R-Ky.) delivered remarks remembering Lewis before members of Congress surrounded his flag-draped coffin to pay respect.

Lewis made history on Monday, becoming the first Black lawmaker to lie in state in the rotunda. Late Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBlack GOP candidate accuses Behar of wearing black face in heated interview Overnight Health Care: US won't join global coronavirus vaccine initiative | Federal panel lays out initial priorities for COVID-19 vaccine distribution | NIH panel: 'Insufficient data' to show treatment touted by Trump works House Oversight Democrats to subpoena AbbVie in drug pricing probe MORE (D-Md.) also made history last year when he became the first Black lawmaker to lie in state in Statuary Hall.


Vice President Pence is expected to pay his respects to Lewis at the Capitol later on Monday. President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE told reporters before leaving the White House for a trip to North Carolina that he would not be making his way to the Capitol on Monday.

Lewis was a key figure in the U.S. civil rights movement, working with other icons like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. He was the youngest speaker during the March on Washington, which was led by King. He survived a brutal beating by Alabama state troopers in 1965 during the 1965 march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery that has become known as “Bloody Sunday.”

The congressman voiced support for continuing the civil rights movement in the U.S. in the final weeks of his life. 

--Julia Manchester


The first presidential debate in September has been moved from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The move came after Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins announced Monday that the school would withdraw as host of the debate, saying the burdensome health precautions required to address the coronavirus would interfere with student education. Jonathan Easley reports.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTexas Democratic official urges Biden to visit state: 'I thought he had his own plane' The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden on Trump: 'He'll leave' l GOP laywers brush off Trump's election remarks l Obama's endorsements A game theorist's advice to President Trump on filling the Supreme Court seat MORE (D-Calif.) reportedly referred to her tense debate stage exchange with Biden over busing during the 2020 campaign as “just politics.” Politico reports that Harris made the remarks during an exchange with former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Ct.), who is on Biden’s vice presidential selection committee. Julia has more.

The Biden campaign went on the air in Nevada for the first time on Monday, rolling out a new ad slamming Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and appealing to senior voters who supported Trump at the ballot box in 2016. Jonathan reports.

The Lincoln Project released a new ad attacking Trump on Monday, featuring a former Navy SEAL who claims the president is not a real conservative. The Hill’s Rebecca Klar reports.

Less than 100 days out from Election Day, President Trump and former Vice President Biden’s supporters have expressed concerns over what could be a chaotic presidential contest, marked by disenfranchised voters, administration errors and mountains of litigation. The Hill’s Reid Wilson reports.



Trump’s executive order to exclude undocumented immigrants from the decennial reapportionment process could potentially cost the nation’s three largest states at least one seat for each in Congress. Reid reports on the analysis from the Pew Research Center.



The Texas Democratic Party says it will roll out a seven-figure digital ad buy closer to Election Day in an effort to turn the Lone Star State blue. The Hill’s Marty Johnson reports that the buy will materialize as we get closer to November. “Our basic theory is that the more voters that we register, the more likely the state is to turn blue,” Abhi Rahman, director of strategic communications for the Texas Democratic Party, told The Hill in an earlier interview. “We feel like for every Republican voter that’s unregistered, there’s three or four Democrats that are unregistered.”




Biden: 55%

Trump: 45%



Biden: 51%

Trump: 41%


Biden: 51%

Trump: 44%




Bernard Goldberg: Today's protests are a preview of our progressive future.

Maria Cardona: An indomitable Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline McCarthy says there will be a peaceful transition if Biden wins Anxious Democrats amp up pressure for vote on COVID-19 aid MORE leads the way.

Antjuan Seawright: We have less than four months to make this nation right.

Jon Bateman: American voters deserve the facts on election influence



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