The Washington Post reports:
John Lewis, the Georgia congressman and civil rights icon, formally endorsed Joe Biden for president on Tuesday morning, becoming the latest in a long string of elected officials who have backed the former vice president.
“I read about Joe Biden when he became an elected official. I heard him speak. I met him,” Lewis told reporters on a conference call ahead of the announcement. “And he’s been a friend, a dear friend. He’s a man of courage, a man with a great conscience, a man of faith. He will be a great president. He will lead our country to a better place.”
Lewis said that he would urge young black voters in particular to vote for Biden, and he harked back to the work done by civil rights leaders.
Congressman John Lewis is a moral giant who has spent his entire life pushing our nation to live up to our highest ideals. I’m honored to call him a friend — and grateful to have him by my side in this battle for the soul of our nation. pic.twitter.com/kqwe6CGre1
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 7, 2020
Representative John Lewis, an iconic civil rights leader and one of the nation’s most prominent lawmakers, endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential contest https://t.co/OeT1RY2Vq4
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 7, 2020