Franklin Graham: Palin Not Running for President

Sunday, 24 Apr 2011 05:48 PM

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The Rev. Franklin Graham said Sunday that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin doesn't like politics and is not running for president.

Graham, one of the most influential evangelical ministers in the country and the son of the legendary Rev. Billy Graham, knows Palin well. He told ABC News' Christiane Amanpour that he traveled with her to Haiti and said the former Republican vice presidential candidate "likes speaking on the issues, and I agree with many of the issues she brings up. I don't see her as running for president," according to Politico and ABC News.

AMANPOUR: You have traveled to Haiti with Sarah Palin.

GRAHAM: Yes.

AMANPOUR: Is she the kind of candidate you would like to see run for election? Would she be your candidate of choice?

GRAHAM: I don't think Sarah's going to -- I don't think she// likes politics. I think she likes speaking on the issues, and I agree with many of the issues that she brings up, but I believe -- I don't see her as running for president.

AMANPOUR: If she did, would you support her? Would she be your candidate?

GRAHAM: It depends on who the other candidates are.

AMANPOUR: So, that's not a yes.

GRAHAM: No. I mean, we're so early. But I do like Sarah.

sarah,palinGraham said he is undecided on the other presidential candidates, but did give a shoutout to both Mitt Romney and Donald Trump during the interview Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

Mitt Romney has "proven himself" and is "a very capable person," Graham said.

"Donald Trump, when I first saw that he was getting in, I thought ‘Well this has got to be a joke,'" Graham said. "But the more you listen to him, the more you say to yourself, ‘You know maybe the guy’s right.’"

When Amanpour asked whether he might support Trump, Graham said, "Sure, yeah. Sure."

President Barack Obama, whom Graham has met with, is "a very nice man.

"He's a very gracious person," Graham said. "But I think our country is in big trouble."

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