Evangelist Franklin Graham, son of legendary Evangelist Billy Graham, will be preaching and leading the Festival of Hope event set for Aug. 14-16 at UAB’s Bartow Arena in Birmingham.
The elder Graham was a friend and adviser to many presidents including Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. Franklin Graham, president of both the Samaritan’s Purse relief agency and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has not been shy about expressing his political opinions.
Last night, he watched the Republican presidential debate. In an interview today with AL.com, Graham offered some thoughts on the debate and the 2016 presidential election.
AL.com: What did you think of the debate?
Franklin Graham: There were several, a few, candidates, who had expressed their faith in God. That’s encouraging. I communicated with a few of them before the debate and told them I was praying for them. I think the Republicans have a strong field. These are strong individuals and capable people. The faith of some of them certainly came out.
AL.com: Do you know which candidate you will endorse?
Graham: I don’t want to get involved in the primaries. There are going to be a lot more debates. I’ve been disappointed in politicians, very disappointed in the Democratic Party, very disappointed in the Republican Party. I think Americans across the board are fed up with the shenanigans that go on, politicians who go to Washington to benefit themselves, who promise one thing and deliver another. Americans are ready for a change.
AL.com: Which candidates did you communicate with before the debate?
Graham: There are several who love God. I told them I’d be praying for them. I would not want to say who.
AL.com: In the past, you’ve expressed your admiration of Donald Trump. What did you think of his performance last night?
Graham: I’m met him and talked to him. I think everybody who watched last night couldn’t help but agree with some of the things he said. He’s not a politician. He says what he thinks. He’s no dummy. He’s worth a lot of money. Whether he’ll see this all the way through, who knows? He’s a very smart man.
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