McCain meets with evangelist Billy Graham and son, Franklin

John McCain met Sunday with evangelist Billy Graham and his son, Franklin, at the family's mountaintop retreat. The Republican presidential candidate, who is actively courting religious voters and trying to reassure skeptical conservatives, visited privately with the Grahams on the grounds of Little Piney Cove in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. McCain and the elder Graham, 89, have known each other for years; the meeting was McCain's first with Franklin Graham. The world-renowned evangelist is in poor health but apparently felt well enough to visit with McCain, who flew to North Carolina with the expectation of meeting only with Franklin Graham, who is president and chief executive of the evangelistic association his father founded in 1950. After the 45-minute meeting, Franklin Graham issued a statement praising the Arizona senator's "personal faith and his moral clarity."