LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Civil rights icon and United States representative John Lewis visited the capital city today. The Georgia congressman was at the rally in support of Clarke Tucker.

Tucker is running for Arkansas’s 2nd Congressional seat against Republican incumbent Congressman French Hill.

Lewis spoke alongside Tucker to students, volunteers, and members of the community at Philander Smith College, saying, “It doesn’t matter if you’re Black, White, Latino, Asian American, or Native American – we must learn to live together as brothers and sisters.”

Congressman French Hill released the following statement in response to Lewis’ visit to Little Rock and to Lewis’ endorsement of the Clarke Tucker campaign for the 2nd Congressional seat:

“Congressman Lewis is a great American and a good man. I have enjoyed getting to know him in Congress, particularly during the time we spent on our visit to Selma in 2015 to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Marches from Selma to Montgomery. I hope while he is in Little Rock that he also has time to stop by Central High to observe the good work he and I collaborated on last year to expand the school’s National Historic Site boundary. Despite our bipartisan work together, it is no surprise that he supports my opponent in the upcoming election. Congressman Lewis and he both share very similar ideas for how to run the government, including increasing taxes and increasing the size and scope of the federal government. Arkansans are excited about our economy growing at an inspiring pace and don’t want to revert back to the failed progressive economic policies that for years Democrats in Washington have foolishly embraced.”