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Evangelist Franklin Graham is launching a nationwide effort to urge Christians to get out and vote in 2016, but the son of the legendary Billy Graham isn’t backing any one candidate or party, insisting his aim is to launch a “campaign for God.”
In an exclusive interview with NBC News in Des Moines, Iowa on the opening day of his Decision America tour, Graham said his only goal is to get millions of Americans who identify as Christian and didn’t vote in the last election to become engaged in the political process.
“We need to get Christians to run for office. We need Christians to vote for politicians that stand for Biblical principles and Biblical truth,” Graham said.
Graham is planning a 50-state bus tour to spread his message preaching political engagement this election year. After his first stop in Des Moines, he is headed to New Hampshire, also an early nominating state, and then on to Louisiana.
Graham insisted that he wouldn’t endorse a candidate even though he has backed Republican presidential candidates in the past and has written favorably about Republican front-runner Donald Trump in the past. On his Facebook page he said he admired Trump for shaking up the political process.
“This is not about Donald Trump,” Graham said. “I’m here running a campaign for God.” …Even though Christian conservatives tend to vote Republican, Graham said he’s working outside any political party because the Republicans are just as disappointing as the Democrats.
“I’m very unhappy with the entire political process – Democrats and Republicans,” he said. “I have no hope in the Democratic Party and I don’t have any hope in the Republican Party and turning this system around …. We need to get Christian men and women into Washington. Otherwise, without Almighty God, I promise you, I don’t see any hope for this country.”
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