MONTREAT, NC - Rev. Billy Graham has told Mitt Romney he'll do
all he can to help the GOP nominee win the presidency.
Romney visited Graham at the 93-year-old
evangelist's home in North Carolina Thursday and said prayer is
what he needs most. A Romney adviser says the Romney camp and
Graham's son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, have been discussing how
the younger Graham will encourage churches to boost voter
Larry Ross, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic
Association, spoke with OneNewsNow.
"The men discussed a wide range of topics, including the broad
issues of faith and the political landscape and the moral decline
in our country, as well as the importance of emphasizing biblical
values amidst the cultural shift of our nation," says Ross. "And
they also spoke broadly about the church in America and the faith
community, including recent reports on trends and spiritual beliefs
and religious affiliation."
In a statement, Billy Graham said while he was
honored to host Romney, "What impresses me even more than [his]
successful career are 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
At the close of their time together, the famed evangelist
offered a prayer for the Romney family and the nation. According to
Ross, the elder Graham urged Christians to get out and vote in
"... He also said it was a privilege to pray with Governor
Romney, for his family and our country -- and said that he believes
America is at a crossroads and hoped that millions of Americans
would join him in praying for our nation and also voting for
candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage, who
protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious
Graham will celebrate his 94th birthday the day after
Romney later spoke at a rally in Asheville, NC, where former
Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he was a Southern Baptist urging
Americans to vote for a Mormon from Massachusetts.
Associated Press contributed to this report. Photo
courtesy of A. Larry Ross Communications.