Romney, Billy Graham Rally Base: `I’ll Do All I Can… Quote Me’

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Mitt Romney met with the Reverend Billy Graham at Graham's Cabin in Montreat, North Carolina, today.

When pro-life credentials are questioned, call out Mike Huckabee.

Stop by Billy Graham’s homestead.

Republican Mitt Romney has done both today.

Two days after Romney downplayed his plans to fight abortion rights, the Republican presidential candidate met privately today with evangelists Billy and Franklin Graham at the family’s home in Montreat, North Carolina.

The visit was part of an effort by his campaign to reassure some in his party that Romney would stand with them on fighting abortion and same-sex marriage, even as he works to moderate the tone of his message for swing voters.

In an Oct.9 interview with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register in Iowa, Romney said he would not pursue any abortion-related legislation as president.

The visit to Graham’s mountaintop retreat is a standard stop for Republican presidential candidates, eager to boost their support from evangelical voters.

“Prayer is the most helpful thing you can do for me,” Romney said in the meeting.

After discussing religious persecution and the growth of his ministries in China, North Korea and Sudan, Billy Graham led the group in a prayer.

“I’ll do all I can to help you. And you can quote me on that,” Graham told Romney.

Graham issued a statement of his own later commending Romney’s commitment to family and his values and “strong moral convictions.” Graham said: “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.”

Former Arkansas Governor Huckabee, a Baptist pastor who ran for president in 2008 and favorite of evangelicals, will join Romney at his campaign rally tonight in Asheville, North Carolina.

 

 

 

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