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Billy Graham Offers Romney ‘Help’ During Meeting at N.C. Home

Evangelist skirts outright endorsement in Election Day 'crossroads' comments.

(RNS) Billy Graham offered to "do all I can to help" GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a Thursday (Oct. 11) meeting at the evangelist's North Carolina home.

Romney campaign spokesman Rick Gorka told reporters after the visit that Graham told Romney: "I'll do all I can to help you. And you can quote me on that."

Graham spokesman A. Larry Ross, who was not at the meeting, confirmed Friday that the evangelist made the comment privately to Romney.

"Throughout his ministry, Mr. Graham has been careful to remain nonpartisan, but at the same time has consistently been an advocate and taken a strong stand for biblical values," Ross said.

Graham issued a statement after the meeting, which included his son, evangelist Franklin Graham, saying the nation is at a "crossroads" as Election Day approaches.

"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 ...

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