Now, it turns out, that the John McCain campaign is so spooked by preachers that it doesn’t want to meet with Dr. Billy Graham. Which sort of makes his rapprochement with the evangelicals a little difficult, wouldn’t you say?
Remember Brian Jacobs, the George W. Bush activist who helped me put together a meeting between Dr. Billy Graham and George W. Bush the last day of the 2000 election? Well we tried it again with the McCain Campaign and look what happened?
Here is the letter he got back. (He was hosting the Billy Graham Association in Ft. Worth when this came in. He was hosting Will Graham, the evangelist’s grandson this week.)
Go to this link for the full account …. It is an amazing story.
Go to this link to see the actual letter.
Meanwhile, here is the evangelical vote.
The Evangelical Vote from 1976 – 2004.
1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004
Republican 50 61 80 81 59 49 57 62
Democrat 50 34 20 18 21 43 42 38
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2 thoughts on “McCain Camp Says No to Billy Graham”
Evangelical-related article in The NYT, in case you were interested.
I am a Christian who has voted Republican for 18 years, but I will not give John McCain my vote. Any Christian who supports McCain is putting winning the White House ahead of principle. To do so is foolishness as he has openly expressed his utter disdain for the Religious Right for years. If he blatantly ignores us during his campaign because he believes that we will vote for him for lack of better options, imagine how little attention our issues would receive once he was president.
Fortunately Christian evangelicals do have an alternative, Doug, to both McCain and to Obama (or staying home in November). Many like me will be supporting Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin. I invite you and your readers to visit his website at Baldwin2008.com.