TRENDING: Rev. Graham on 2012: Maybe Trump?
April 24th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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TRENDING: Rev. Graham on 2012: Maybe Trump?

Washington (CNN) - The Rev. Franklin Graham said he might support real estate mogul Donald Trump as his candidate of choice in the 2012 presidential election.

Graham, whose family has close ties to past presidents, said when Trump began interjecting himself in the conversation he thought it was a joke, but “the more you listen to him, the more you say to yourself, ‘You know, maybe the guy’s right.’”

When asked Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” if he would choose the “Celebrity Apprentice” star as his candidate, Graham said “Sure, yeah. Sure.”

And although he has traveled with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, he predicted she will not launch a bid for the White House.

“I don’t think Sarah is going to… I think she likes speaking on the issues,” Graham said. “I don’t see her running for president.”

Would he support her if she did run?

“It depends on who the other candidates are,” Graham said.

Graham, who is president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, said President Obama could silence the birther movement by producing his birth certificate.

“I don’t know why he can’t produce that,” Graham said. “It’s an issue that looks like he could, he could answer pretty quickly.”

In 2008, the Obama campaign released a copy of the certificate. News organizations and the Annenberg Fact Check Project saw the raised seal and signature. The state of Hawaii has certified he was born there.

When asked about the debate over the president’s religion, Graham said Obama has told him he’s a Christian.

“But the debate comes, what is a Christian? For him, going to church means he’s a Christian,” Graham said. “A membership doesn’t make you a Christian … God is the only one who knows his heart.”


Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Sarah Palin
soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Coloradan

    Billy Graham was actually a Democrat who sometimes supported GOP candidates as I recall. His son obviously fell a little further from the tree.

    April 24, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Larry L

    Yawn... another rich "Christian" stepping up in the name of the elite class.

    April 24, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Talk about putting the graham name in the toilet. Children are just NOT what their parents used to be or represent.
    Speaking for myself and members of my family we don't give a hoot about what this frankling guy says.
    Going to church doesn't make you a christian if it's all for show. I know many so called christians who are haters of anything not christian (Jews, gays, pro life, pro anything), I thought Jesus loved everyone. I guess they keep skipping that part of that bible they keep carrying around but have not idea what it really means!

    April 24, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Texrat the Crypticum Keeper

    johnny popper: the documents of Obama's that can be released HAVE been released. Your failure to acknowledge that changes nothing.

    April 24, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Offsuit

    What a shocker. A theo-fascist nutjob supports a lunatic birther nutjob. Folks, the democratic party is a disease sweeping the nation and threatening America's very future, but clearly, the Republican's haven't the the faintest idea how to cure it. That either of these wackos get any attention at all, from anyone, is a sign of how truly ill America is. Palin? Pawlenty? Romney? These are the best minds the Republican party can offer to lead America? Mindless maniacs and religious bigots? Enjoy another 4 years of Obama folks, cause the right are completely bankrupt and have nothing to challenge him with.

    April 24, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. marty

    Mr. Graham is showing his true colors by endorsing an individual who has not been particularly honest and straightforward in his business dealings; who is reputed to be quite a womanizer; and, perhaps the biggest flip flopper (another word for opportunism) to come upon this political scene. Come to think of it, Mr. Graham's personal past might indicate that ,it takes one to know one!

    April 24, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. jma58

    Graham is an embarrassment to his father.

    April 24, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. johnRJ08

    Franklin Graham likes the idea of a wealthy contributor to his church. He doesn't appear to care that Donald Trump couldn't be less Christ-like in his behavior.

    April 24, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. timz

    Is there any evidence, other than that he says he is, that Franklin Graham is a Christian? Remember, going to church doesn't count . . . and I think it's reasonable to assume that applies whether you're sitting in the pews listening or up in front being paid big bucks to talk.

    April 24, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Sue

    How do these religious leaders with non-profit organizations keep their tax exempt status? Religion leaders should never promote candidates. Under no circumstance. Billy is man of integrity because he didn't promote political candidates. He gave spiritual support to any president asking for his spiritual advice, regardless of political party. Franklin is just another greedy evangelical choosing political power before Christ. Jesus would have no part in any political campaign. They're nothing like Jesus but a lot like the politicians they support. Greedy, opportunistic, money hungry, and worship at the throne of Washington DC. Disgusting and disappointing.

    April 24, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. tam

    Why has so much of America dumbed down so much? Somehow I don't think it was always like this. Sad, scary, pathetic. These are our supposed leaders - and some among us want them to be? God help America!

    April 24, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Isaac

    The stupid sure do stick together.... and he has total rape face in that picture staring at Palin

    April 24, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. eddale

    Graham is just another republican nut job. I bet his father is ashamed of him. He needs to go out and get a job and stop living off of his tax free charity.

    April 24, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. jemmy strom

    Trump spews the type of vitriol that energizes the racist element of Mr. Graham's base. Mr. Graham knows where his bread is buttered.

    April 24, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Observer

    "what is a Christian? For (Obama), going to church means he’s a Christian,”

    For "Christians" like Graham and Trump, it's DISOBEYING Jesus' commands not to divorce and remarry.

    April 24, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. michael

    Trump is a very successful at real estate and self-publicity, but he knows absolutely nothing about politics. He is used to doing his things his own way and not listening to opposing points of view and that's not what a President should do. America doesn't have to answer to 'share holders' like he is used to with his companies. It has to answer to people who if the deal goes wrong they may lose everything not just some stock in their portfolio that can be replaced when the market recovers.
    He's a terrible choice.

    April 24, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. jeannettelj

    Why would we care if Franklin Graham would support Trump? There are probably thousands of other nuts who would support him, too. CNN, you should be ashamed for printing every thing that comes out of these losers mouths and give us some real news for a change.

    April 24, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Name annie

    Oh dear Lord what lies the 2 tell..i have lost total respect for Graham. Muslim..what about..yellow white or black..Jesus loves the people of the world.check out the background investigation done by cia/fbi. I have heard more lies from republicans that I would never have a republican as a friend. Crap like these lies...rape?...is just desperate and sick...everytime republicans tell something..google it. They go from birth certificate to muslim...it never ends AND I am an ex republican when obama came. Obama 2012!

    April 24, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. wake up America

    f these people in this country are so stupid to vote foe someone as insane as trump..then we deserve what we get...i mean if someone is right or left thats our democratic choice. we all come from different backgrounds and must learn to respect and live together as a nation..But people like Palin and Trump are truly choices for very low intelligent people who unfortunately don't really know what we could jeopardize bringing this kinda trash to the white house! TRAGIC!

    April 24, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Chris

    What a shame this past drug addict, womanizing, cheating so called "minister" has turned out to be. His father was a kind and generous man, but his son is a complete embarrassment. Shame how he is already tarnishing his fathers long legacy while his father survives.

    April 24, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Dale

    Couldn't wait to see what new smear article infatuated CNN added to its list of Trump articles today.

    Meantime not a single article questioning the President in office's hypocritical handling of Libya, unemployment actually exceeding 12%, investigations into his corruption with Fanny and Freddie, etc etc.

    Terrible journalistic integrity by Obama's Propaganda Cable News Network.

    Terrible journalistic integity. Obama's Propoganda Cable New Network.

    April 24, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. MiddleOfTheRoad

    "I don’t know why he can’t produce that,” Graham said. “It’s an issue that looks like he could, he could answer pretty quickly.”

    Excuse me, but it's not an issue. If there is a problem with Christianity, it's because of people like the Rev Graham.

    April 24, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. mk

    This is not a surprise for a man who dissappointed his father and his followers with a disney'ish barnyard library to his fathers legacy? He's a nut case and an andorsement for Trump makes it that much more real.

    April 24, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. jim

    bragging about screwing a head of state? maybe that's right?
    ignoring multiple facts that have been proven time and time again? maybe that's right?
    pirating a foreign country's resources because you can? maybe that's right?

    and this is coming from a so called christian?

    April 24, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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