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.”

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soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Marjee123

    I hope I am like most Americans. I hope I make the decision on who to vote for from my OWN POINT OF VIEW. I do not think any religious individual should medal in politics. And the people in charge of the IRS were doing they job, they would weed them out. The way these tea bags and republicans who call themselves Christian act, denying money for heat, food, cutting medicare and any benefit for the poor and middle class while cutting and cutting and cutting taxes for the rich and piling on the tax breaks for corporations are the further from being Christian. I think they are secretly Satanist and want to kill off the elderly, the poor and what's left of the middle class. BUT TELL ME THIS, who then will pay taxes so these corporations and the rich can perch on their thrones. Wonder if they would have to then.

    April 24, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Donny

    Grahams nothing but a con artist – he and his father been running his religion scam for years.

    April 24, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. DGM

    Apparently God and Graham are the only ones who can tell if someone is 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.” All this divisiveness over an old book of fables.

    April 24, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Daniel

    Franklin Graham and George W. Bush have this in common: famous, accomplished fathers and severe brain damage from twenty years' abuse of drugs and alcohol. The latter should preclude them (or should have precluded them) from any position of responsibility without a certificate of successful completion of a treatment regimen.

    April 24, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. BENJI

    Well I have lost respect for him. It is obvious this guy harbors racist beliefs along with the birthers. Since he is a reverend he should read the part in the Bible where it says, "God appoints those over us." I guess hypocritical christians like him miss those verses.

    April 24, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Shannon

    Hasn't he already proven he's a bigoted loon, no surprise here.

    April 24, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Thomas

    I can see why Graham would consider endorsing Trump. The Donald is arrogant, greedy, self-absorbed and has a history of infidelity - all of the qualities of a strong modern Christian.

    April 24, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. FM

    Let Republicans continue supporting Trump, when he will continue refusing shaking hands with them, or does it while wearing gloves, or immediately apply disinfectant, they will realise he is not one of them!

    April 24, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. steve

    I can,t believe that the son of the most well known evangelist,is that stupid? Sounds like "Evangelical" ways of thinking? He will back anything that has to do with "Women not having health choices, anti-gay,anti-Affordable health insurance for the poor and "Elderly" Shame on you Mr.Graham,that is not "Christian" I,m afraid?

    April 24, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. JohnB

    Franklin Marshall isn't even a shadow of his great father. His endorsement is a kiss of death as far as I'm concerned.

    April 24, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. hillcrester

    The GOPhers are masters of the circular firing squad. The more weirdo candidates they have, the more body hits they will inflict on each other. Life is good!

    April 24, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Steven Bannister

    Trump Vs Obama? I would choose Trump for ONE REASON ONLY.

    No, it's not money, it's not celebrity, it's not even business experience. It's PATRIOTISM. Trump has a patriotic streak, he loves this country and wants to see it work. Obama does NOT. Obama is a manufactured creation of the Globalist crowd that wants to see the United States open it's borders and be merged into a one-world system . THEY put him in office. He's a fraud and a fake that has given BILLIONS of tax dollars to the banksters.

    April 24, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    GI Joe: "Listened to the line-up on Crawley for Sunday and it couldn't be more republican if it was the RNC. What's with the two-faced fat woman these days?"

    Now that we've established you've got the emotional maturity of a well, GI Joe doll, by calling Crowley "fat," my guess is you're the type of person who complains about the "media" not giving equal time to Republican candidates.

    She's interviewing people who are expressing interest in the 2012 presidential election – what's wrong with that?

    April 24, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. kate

    i thought only in the philippines where a "celebrity" with no political experience whatsoever can actually be the head of the country...NOT! i guess in America too. the Donald may sound convincing to the people who listens to him but darn it! we are talking about being the president of the country here, not a company. i am all for giving people a chance but with proper qualifications and experience that is.. and to talk and talk just for the sake of talking certainly is not helping for either the donald or franklin. pls stop adding to the circus. the president has shown proof but apparently not enough proof. i am not sure what else he can do but i am glad he is not stooping down to these people's level. and pls quit talking about christianity..i voted for the pres obama and will vote for him again in a heartbeat.

    April 24, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. stwebb

    Billy Graham was a religious icon for the USA...his son is a fruitcake!

    April 24, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. reality

    thus, sealing the coffin of any remote chance Trump had of appealing to moderates or independents.

    April 24, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Jeff Orlando

    On this day of "rebirth", non Christians could ask Mr. Graham to produce similar documents..... perhaps President Obama should just tell everyone to have "faith", like Mr. Graham asks of us.......

    April 24, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. bible student

    If Jesus said his followers were no part of the world, what's this guy doing endorsing political candidates?

    April 24, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Susan: Good point about thechurches today that are failing those less fortunate – the megachurches with their private jet-owning pastors and the Catholic Church with its largest-in-the-world real estate holdings, to name a few.

    I just don't recall anywhere in the Bible where Christ said, Go forth and amass wealth and power at the expense of the least among you ... I do recall Christ saying we are all children of God and in Matthew 25:40, "'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!"

    April 24, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. kyle

    Like Father, not like son!!!!!!!!!

    April 24, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. keeth in cali

    "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." ~M. Gandhi

    April 24, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    Yay, the crazier the Repubs look and the more divided they are, the better it is for us Democrats! It WILL BE Obama/Biden in 2012. Hurray! It is so sweet to see the Repukes destroy their party this way.

    April 24, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Brian

    Franklin Graham is more a Republican than a Christian, he can quote all the scripture he wants, but his actions give him away. Sadly, he is not the inheritor of Billy graham's legacy – he is judgemental and intolerant, everything his father was not.

    April 24, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. The Greedy Old Pigs got no religion but money!

    For such an allegedly "religious Christian" to speak highly of Trump, and un-Christian rich man who flaunts his wealth with no care for the poor and middle class, tells you all you need to know about Graham's true devotion to Christ (which would be near zero).

    April 24, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Ah, the birther issue ... The GOP can't argue their policies are better than the President's, because the President's policies are turning the economy around and the GOP policies are all PROVEN FAILURES.

    It's also the only way the GOP – after 8 years of telling us that to criticize the President (GW Bush) is anti-God, anti-country and aiding our enemies – can grant permission to its sheep (I mean, party members) to criticize President Obama without their heads exploding. It's OK to trash the Prez, because he's not really American and his whole presidency is illegitimate!

    Karl Rove must have fainted from delirium when he came up with that one ...

    April 24, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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