Georgia Rep. John Lewis backs Joe Biden

'We need his voice,' says the Civil Rights icon, adding Biden's election would 'redeem the soul of America.'

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April 7, 2020 - 10:28 AM

U.S. Rep. John Lewis Photo by (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis is backing Joe Biden for president, giving the prospective Democratic nominee perhaps his biggest symbolic endorsement among the many veteran black lawmakers who back his candidacy. 

“We need his voice,” the 80-year-old Lewis told reporters ahead of the campaign’s Tuesday announcement. He described the 77-year-old Biden as “a man of courage, a man of great conscience, a man of faith,” and said the former vice president would “help us regain our way as a nation.” 

A 17-term Atlanta congressman, Lewis is battling pancreatic cancer but said he’d “travel around America” for Biden if social distancing guidelines are eased amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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