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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 BidenSenate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill Rural Americans are the future of the clean energy economy — policymakers must to catch up WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year MORE and his wife, Jill BidenJill BidenCan a common bond of service unite our nation? Biden pledges support for Texas amid recovery from winter storm The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill MORE, visited the Capitol on Monday to pay their respects to the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDOJ faces swift turnaround to meet Biden voting rights pledge Harris holds first meeting in ceremonial office with CBC members Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy MORE (D-Ga.) as he lay in state in the Rotunda. 

The Bidens were accompanied by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRepublican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote Clinton, Pelosi holding online Women's Day fundraiser with Chrissy Teigen, Amanda Gorman What good are the intelligence committees? 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 TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend 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 PenceCan 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 Pence announces post-White House office, plans to move back to Indiana MORE are expected to pay their respects at the Capitol on Monday evening.