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Samaritan's Purse president Franklin Graham addressed questions from ABC's Christiane Amanpour about President Obama's birthplace and religious beliefs. The White House fought back yesterday, calling his remarks "preposterous." This morning, Graham spoke with CT about the administration's response, Obama's birth, his faith and who he likes among the candidates considering a run in the 2012 presidential race.

How would you respond to the White House spokesperson who said, "I would just say I think it's unfortunate that a religious leader would choose Easter Sunday to make preposterous charges"?

First of all, they made a point that I would choose Easter to make these statements. I didn't make these statements on Easter. I taped that a week prior, on Monday that week. It was ABC that [broadcast] this on Easter. I responded to a question. I'm not going out making speeches about where the President was born. I could care less. But when asked, I told Christiane Amanpour that the President has a problem that he could probably address by answering that. How come he doesn't come out at a news conference and hold up his birth certificate? I don't know. I'm only responding to what she asked me. She asked me about Donald Trump. When I first heard about him entering, I thought it was a joke. The more I listen to him, the more I say, "Maybe he's right." She asked, "Could you vote for him?" Vote for him as compared to what? Depends on who else is running. Certainly, America needs somebody like a Donald Trump who's got business experience to get us out of the mess that Republicans and Democrats alike have gotten us into.

Several fact checkers have agreed that Obama was born in the U.S. What would it take to convince you?

I don't care. I'm ...

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