Did Billy Graham Endorse Mitt Romney?

Matthew Schmitz, writing at First Thoughts, thinks that he did.  Here is Graham’s statement after his recent meeting with Romney:

It was an honor to meet and host Governor Romney in my home today, especially since I knew his late father former Michigan Governor George Romney, whom I considered a friend. I have followed Mitt Romney’s career in business, the Olympic Games, as governor of Massachusetts and, of course, as a candidate for president of the United States.

What impresses me even more than Governor Romney’s 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 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. 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.

On another Graham issue, Grant Wacker, the author of a forthcoming biography of the evangelist, recently spoke at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri.  (Wacker was in town to speak and donate his collection of Pentecostal materials to the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center).  Joy Qualls, a political science professor at Evangel, tweeted the following line from Wacker’s lecture:

Rev. Billy Graham to historian Dr. Grant Wacker when told Dr. Wacker was writing a book about him…”Why would you want to do that?”

Classic Graham!

One thought on “Did Billy Graham Endorse Mitt Romney?

  1. The LA Times had a piece titled, “Evangelist Billy Graham all but endorses Mitt Romney.” It made me chuckle, because at the very least the same headline could have been written in 1952 and 1956 (substituting Ike), 1960 (Nixon), 1964 (Johnson), 1968 and 1972 (Nixon again), 1976 (Ford), 1980 (Reagan), 1988 (Bush I), definitely in 2000 (GWB) and possibly in 2008 (McCain).

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