Billy Graham prays with Mitt Romney

Melina Mara THE WASHINGTON POST MONTREAT, NC – OCTOBER 11: Republican nominee for President Governor Mitt Romney meets with Reverend … Continued

Melina Mara

THE WASHINGTON POST

MONTREAT, NC – OCTOBER 11: Republican nominee for President Governor Mitt Romney meets with Reverend Billy Graham, and son, Franklin Graham, at the Graham home on the top of a high ridge in Montreat, N.C. on Oct. 11, 2012.

The Rev. Billy Graham prayed with Romney and offered support during a visit Thursday while Romney stumped in North Carolina. Graham lives in western North Carolina.

Graham has met with every sitting American president from Harry Truman to President Obama. For more than 50 years, he has staged revivals he called crusades around the world.

Graham, accompanied by his son Franklin Graham, who heads up the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, prayed for Romney, his family as well as the nation.

“The 30-minute meeting between the world-renowned Christian leader and Romney could provide the former governor with a major boost among evangelical Christians skeptical of supporting the first Mormon nominated for president,” The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe reported Thursday.

Melina Mara

THE WASHINGTON POST

MONTREAT, NC – OCTOBER 11: A Bible sits on a living room as table, Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney meets with the Rev. Billy Graham, and son, Franklin Graham, at the Graham home on the top of a high ridge in Montreat, N.C.

In a statement released Thursday night, Graham said that he knew Romney’s father, whom he considered a friend. He also said he’s followed Romney’s career, but has been most impressed by his “values and strong moral convictions.

“I appreciate his faithful commitment to his impressive family, particularly his wife Ann of 43 years and his five married sons.

“It was a privilege to pray with Governor Romney—for his family and our country. I will turn 94 the day after the upcoming election, and I believe America is at a crossroads,” according to the statement. “I hope millions of Americans will join me in praying for our nation and to vote for candidates who will support the biblical definition of marriage, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious freedoms.”

Reporters were not permitted into the meeting, but photographers and television producers were able to record the last moments, O’Keefe reported. According to a transcript of their exchange, provided by NBC News, the ailing evangelist asked the GOP nominee how he could help.

“Prayer is the most helpful thing you can do for me,” Romney said, according to the transcript. “And 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.”

“Romney’s embrace of Franklin Graham draws in an evangelical leader who has been criticized for his harsh views of Islam,” the Associated Press reported Thursday. “The younger Graham has described Islam as evil and offensive and has said Muslims should know that Christ died for their sins.

Earlier this year, Franklin Graham endorsed primary rival Rick Santorum, a Catholic. “Pressed during an interview on MSNBC, Graham would not say that Romney was a Christian,” the Associated Press reported. “’He is a Mormon. Most Christians would not recognize Mormonism … but he would be a good president if he won the nomination.’”

In the same interview, he also apologized for refusing to say if President Obama was a Christian.

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  • ex-Navy

    that’s nice, maybe the Rev graham can cure his mormonism and bring romney to truly become a christian.

  • brotherstaker

    “Graham said that…he’s followed Romney’s career, but has been most impressed by his ‘values and strong moral convictions.'”

    Billy Graham, at 93, and his son, Franklin, can see through the smoke and mirrors–Mitt Romney is a great candidate!

  • edismae

    The Family/The Fellowship/C Street religio-political cult at work.

    Until the MSM, like WaPo, decides to do regular and serious coverage of this group, founded in the 30s to fight the labor movement and New Deal, and it’s members in Congress, this part of the vast right wing conspiracy will continue to work against our country from within our government.

  • edismae

    Billy Graham has actively suckedup to every president since Truman – who saw right through him – for 60 years.

    Oh, yeah, I will sure side with the preacher man who participated in anti-semitic tirades with Richard Nixon.

  • GWBequalsWPE

    Excuse me while I puke…

  • SWDCreader

    Has anyone else been wondering who the Evangelicals will be voting for this year since one candidate supports same-sex marriage and the other is a Mormon?

  • sherrifrdrck

    Nice photo of Moe, Curly, and Larry.

  • Perd Ferguson

    No surprise here. Graham has weaseled his way into the political arena as often as he possibly could.
    Maybe he should read his Bible instead of using it as a photo prop. He might notice where Jesus told a political ruler that his “kingdom is no part of this world”, indicating his rejection of his involvement in political matters.

    What a SHAM!

  • Perd Ferguson

    BTW- which one of their gods did they pray to? The one that Mitt believes that he is equal to, or the Trinity that Graham supports.

    Maybe Mitt can get a planet for Graham and they can honor all of the black people that will go to heaven (after the white Mormon’s have all been received into the celestial kingdom), with the privilege of being their servants. Look it up. That has all been stated by the Mormon hierarchy. I wish that I was making this up….
    Also, if you make the mistake of having intercourse, spouse or not, with a black person (seed of Cain) you can only be saved if you are beheaded and spill your blood on the altar. Straight from Brigham Young on that one.

  • Perd Ferguson

    Maybe Mitt will explain to Billy G, as did leadership the Mormon church , how God allowed black people to remain on the earth so that the devil could have representation…

    that might answer a few questions in Graham’s mind.

  • Perd Ferguson

    Hey Franklin looks really natural with a silver tray of COKE under his nose….just like the good-old days before he realized he was missing out on a fortune and one sweet hustle by dissing dear ol’ Dad and the family bizness!

    Booger-sugar, anyone?

  • West3

    I’ve long admired Billy Graham and considered him to be a man of integrity, despite his previous association with presidents. As long as he met with and prayed with all he couldn’t be called partisan. Meeting and praying with a candidate crosses the line.

    I really thought his view of Christianity extended far beyond a few wedge issues and that he was smart enough to not be fooled by a modern-day Pharisee like Mitt Romney.

    Franklin is a different story and I’m wondering if his father is becoming senile and he is taking advantage of that in order to score political power. Jesus said he kingdom is not of this world. It appears Franklin doesn’t believe that. What is appalling, though, is if he is smearing his father’s reputation just to store up riches for himself here on Earth.

  • njg45

    Romney has convictions?

  • read5

    We join with Rev, Billy Graham to pray for Romney to save America.

  • JOJO

    First and foremost I WROTE TO MITTS WEBSITE and suggested he go see Billy like “all” potential presidents and elected presidents have (he is now blessed). SO BLAME ME. I live in a small town of Pennsylvania and could care less of your ignorant comments or ignorant opinions. I am not a Reverend Wright fan or follower as Obama is nor find the logic why anyone would put Rev. Wright as their religious mentor; UNLESS YOU “GOD DAMN AMERICA AND AMERICANS as he does. Prayer is a strong form of “meditation”, it relaxes a person, so people can think and see clearly what must be fixed in their lives when nothing else works. The average human only uses about 5% of their brains, leaving about 95% as wasted mass. Another 4 years of Obama and no prayer in the world will fix what is YET to come. Those of you who use less than the average 5 % of your brains, I can only feel sorry for you because YOU do not know what you are saying and pretend what you know by being foolish.

  • B Harmon

    You should be ashamed of accusing Franklin of taking advantage of his father. You don’t understand Christian love brother! Shame!

  • B Harmon

    Everyone can change their mind – even pastors! Let God be the judge!

  • B Harmon

    Shame on you – Ever hear the saying, IF YOU CAN’T SAY SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT SOMEBODY – DON’T SAY ANY THING? I’d leave Christians alone if I were you – God will take care of the judging.