Statement by the Rev. Billy Graham Supporting George W. Bush

July 7, 2008 - 7:26 PM

(What follows is the text of Graham's comments as he appeared with George and Laura Bush on Sunday, Nov. 5, in Jacksonville, Florida)

Well, it's a privilege for me to be here with Governor and Mrs. Bush. We've known them since almost [when they were] children and spent a great deal of time with him both in Maine and in Washington when they were there. I've seen them many times in other places. I had the privilege of leading the inaugural prayer when he was inaugurated Governor of Texas. And I have been praying for this crucial election. And I think it's a crucial election, a critical election in the history of America. And I think that, uh, I've been praying that God's will shall be done. I don't endorse candidates. But I've come as close to it, I guess, now as any time in my life, because I think it's extremely important.

We have in our state absentee voting I've already voted. I'll just let you guess who I voted for. Any my family the same way. And we believe that there's going to be a tremendous victory and change by Tuesday night in the direction of the country -- putting it in good hands. I believe in the integrity of this man. I've known him as a boy, I've known him as a young man, I've known him now still as a young man. And we're very proud of him. I'm very thankful for the privilege of calling him friend, and his wife. It's worth getting him the White House to get her in the White House. Laura is a special person, I can tell you. The things that she can dream of and do! When we were in Puerto Rico holding meetings, the governors were having their governors' convention down there. I suppose it was the Southern governors. And she brought some of the governors' wives to our meeting. And just little things that I can remember many times that has bonded my heart and life to them. And if they, by God's will, win, I'm going to do everything in my power to help them make it a successful presidency. God bless all of you.