MONTREAT, N.C. - Evangelical leader Billy Graham offered to help Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday in what could prove to be a boost in getting evangelicals to turn out for the Republican in the November 6 election.

Graham, who will turn 94 next month, is one of the most recognized religious figures in the world and has been a spiritual adviser to a number of American presidents and political leaders. He has had talks with presidents going back to Harry Truman and President Barack Obama visited him in 2011.

Romney's motorcade made the trip up a winding mountain road to Graham's compound, where the former Massachusetts governor met with Graham and his son Franklin for about half an hour.

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