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 BidenRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE and his wife, Jill Biden, visited the Capitol on Monday to pay their respects to the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisMore than 50 Confederate monuments have been removed since Floyd's death: report Trump rips Bill Maher as 'exhausted, gaunt and weak' Trump's personality is as much a problem as his performance MORE (D-Ga.) as he lay in state in the Rotunda. 

The Bidens were accompanied by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Bass on filling Harris's Senate spot: 'I'll keep all my options open' Win by QAnon believer creates new headaches for House GOP 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 John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' 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 PenceBiden pays his respects to John Lewis at the Capitol Trump will not visit Capitol to pay respects to civil rights icon John Lewis The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - High-ranking White House official tests positive MORE are expected to pay their respects at the Capitol on Monday evening.