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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 BidenExpanding child tax credit could lift 4 million children out of poverty: analysis Maria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back MORE and his wife, Jill BidenJill BidenBiden, Harris send well wishes for Father's Day Jill Biden remembers her father, celebrates President Biden on Father's Day Bidens announce death of their German shepherd, Champ MORE, visited the Capitol on Monday to pay their respects to the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisThis Juneteenth, will Congress finally ensure Black freedom? Black lawmakers warn against complacency after Juneteenth victory Commemorating Juneteenth: Learn from the past to improve the present and future MORE (D-Ga.) as he lay in state in the Rotunda. 

The Bidens were accompanied by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack GOP increasingly balks at calling Jan. 6 an insurrection 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 TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat 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 PencePence buys .9M home in Indiana There is no pandemic recovery plan without the arts and culture Karen Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' MORE are expected to pay their respects at the Capitol on Monday evening.