The Rev. Billy Graham, one of America’s most well-known and respected Christian leaders, has offered his full support for Mitt Romney as he campaigns for the presidency.
Graham offered to help Romney on Thursday as the two met along with his son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, in Graham’s home state of North Carolina before Romney headed to a campaign rally. The evangelist told Romney he pledged to do “all I can” to help him win the election against pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
Before the meeting ended, Graham led a prayer for Romney and said: “I’ll do all I can to help you. And you can quote me on that.”
According to an AP report, Romney said the younger Graham has already been helping is campaign and giving him advise and counsel.
“What you’re planning, what your son has shown me, is going to be very, very helpful. And I appreciate that. It’s going to be terrific,” he said.
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As AP noted:
Romney adviser Mark De Moss later said Romney and Franklin Graham had been discussing how the younger Graham is doing everything he can “to encourage churches to encourage their people to get out and vote.”
At the meeting, Romney and Graham discussed religious freedom and religious persecution, Romney adviser Mark DeMoss said. DeMoss, who sat in on the meeting, said they also discussed the growth of Graham’s ministry in China, Sudan and North Korea. Graham also mentioned Romney’s father, George, whom the elder Graham considered a friend.