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Sweet blog extra: Clinton clinches endorsement of civil rights giant Rep. John Lewis. Was wooed by Obama.

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WASHINGTON---White House hopeful Sen. HIllary Rodham Clinton on Friday locked up a big endorsement, from Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) a giant among the pioneers who fought in this country for civil rights.

Lewis is one of the most influential African-American veterans of the civil rights movement and a power in Congress. Obama and Clinton are running about even in endorsements from the Congressional Black Caucus.

This is a setback for Obama. A few months ago they thought they could snare Lewis.
Here's what I reported last March..

"Last week, Obama spokesman Bill Burton told me they had the endorsement of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who was beaten in the March 1965 Selma protests. On Sunday, Burton told me he was 'mistaken.'" LINK

The campaign made the announcement on its news web site,

Civil Rights Pioneer John Lewis Endorses Hillary

“I have looked at all the candidates, and I believe that Hillary Clinton is the best prepared to lead this country at a time when we are in desperate need of strong leadership. She will restore a greater sense of community in America, and reclaim our standing in the world.”--Rep. John Lewis

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John Lewis made a MAJOR mistake. Unfortunately, any promises Hill and Bill made to him will not be kept. I'm sure he now regrets this unwise decision.

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