Evangelical Christian leader Rev. Billy Graham offered his help to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday in a meeting between the two at Graham’s North Carolina compound.
The two met to discuss how Graham could help Romney during the few remaining days before the presidential election, according to ABC News.
"What can I do for you?" Billy Graham asked Romney.
“Prayer is the most helpful thing you can do for me,” Romney replied. “And what you’re planning, what your son [Rev. Franklin Graham] has shown me is going to be very, very helpful. I appreciate that, it’s going to be terrific.”
Graham, 93, has been a major figure in American religion and politics for decades. The reverend became famous for his crusades, the first of which he started in 1947. Graham has met with every American presidents since Harry Truman and most recently talked to President Barack Obama in 2011.
Reuters points out that support from Graham could go a long way in galvanizing the conservative Christian base for Romney. Traditionally, many conservative evangelical Christians have been wary of Romney because of his Mormon religion, but an endorsement from such a high-profile figure could help.
Graham has been battling health problems for years. Most recently, the minister developed bronchitis over the summer and was hospitalized. In the past, Graham suffered from prostate cancer and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease as well.
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