The Rev. Franklin Graham says the ongoing greed of both political parties — not President Barack Obama — is the primary root of the fiscal crisis facing the United States. Graham also told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Thursday he disagrees with President Barack Obama on many issues, but it has nothing to do with his theological beliefs.
“I like the man — he’s a very nice man — and yes, I would say I respect him,” Graham said. “I disagree, Bill, with a lot of the policies and the direction that he’s taking our country — but he’s a nice man.”
O’Reilly asked Graham — who has been criticized for supposedly questioning the president’s Christian beliefs -- whether he disagreed with Obama as a preacher or a citizen.
“I disagree as a citizen,” Graham said, adding it has nothing to do with religion. “I’m not a fan of the policies that the Democrats and the Republicans alike have got us into. We are in a mess, Bill, and it’s not Barack Obama that got us into it. It's the Republicans and Democrats over decades of greed,” he said.
“I think the spending that our country is — we are addicted to spending and it’s infiltrated the entire government — we have got to get out of it, Bill,” Graham continued. “I think we help the poor but I think a lot of the spending is more than just helping the poor.”
Graham said, despite his comments, he does not really get involved in politics.
“No, I don't want to get involved in politics
— but I get asked questions, just like you ask me questions now,” he said. “I try to answer those questions, but I don’t go out and campaign — I don’t make speeches.”
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