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Biden pays his respects to John Lewis at the Capitol

Biden pays his respects to John Lewis at the Capitol
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Olympics, climate on the agenda for Biden meeting with Japanese PM Boehner on Afghanistan: 'It's time to pull out the troops' MORE and his wife, Jill BidenJill BidenJill Biden to appear in 'Sesame Street' documentary Biden accompanies first lady to medical procedure The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause MORE, visited the Capitol on Monday to pay their respects to the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDemocrats face mounting hurdles to agenda Democrats see opportunity as states push new voting rules Lobbying world MORE (D-Ga.) as he lay in state in the Rotunda. 

The Bidens were accompanied by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Republican proposes constitutional amendment to prevent Supreme Court expansion Business groups oppose Paycheck Fairness Act, citing concerns it could threaten bonuses and negotiating New US sanctions further chill Biden-Putin relations MORE (D-Calif.) as they approached Lewis's flag-draped coffin. The couple then placed their hands over their hearts in a sign of respect to the late civil rights icon. 

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee later put his hand on Lewis's coffin.  

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

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“We are made in the image of God, and then there is John Lewis,” Joe Biden said in a statement at the time. “How could someone in flesh and blood be so courageous, so full of hope and love in the face of so much hate, violence, and vengeance?”

Biden, a former senator from Delaware, served with Lewis in Congress during the lawmaker’s 34-year tenure and wrote that it is “rare to meet and befriend our heroes.”

The former congressman had endorsed Biden's presidential bid a couple of months before he died. 

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"It is my belief that we need Joe Biden now more than ever before," Lewis said in a call with reporters 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."

Biden's visit comes hours after President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE, who traveled to North Carolina on Monday to highlight progress on a coronavirus vaccine, told reporters that he would not be visiting the Capitol personally while Lewis lies in state. 

Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePences announce birth of first grandchild Can a common bond of service unite our nation? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - House boots Greene from committees; Senate plows ahead on budget MORE are expected to pay their respects at the Capitol on Monday evening.