By Ben Adler
Charlotte, N.C. — Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will speak to the Democratic National Convention here Tuesday night. And he told Lean Forward he wanted to see the confab focus on equality.
“You have to speak to the issue of fairness,” said Lewis in an interview Monday evening. “We’re going to have a tax reform, and we have all got to pay our fair share. We have to use our limited resources to take care of the American people.”
Lewis—a civil rights icon who worked with Martin Luther King in the 1960s, who’s seen by many as the conscience of the Democratic Party—said he was unimpressed by last week’s Republican convention.
“Except for Condoleezza Rice there was very little said about fairness and justice, or those left behind,” he noted. “There was a lot distortion and a lot of generalities with few specifics.”