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Arkansas political leaders pay tribue to Billy Graham

Feb 21, 2018

Billy Graham, American religious figure.
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Two former Arkansas governors who were involved in national politics are expressing their condolences after the passing of Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday.

The Associated Press reports former President and Arkansas governor Bill Clinton released this statement on behalf of him and former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton:

"I will never forget the first time I saw him, 60 years ago in Little Rock, during the school integration struggle. He filled a football stadium with a fully integrated audience, reminding them that we all come before God as equals, both in our imperfection and our absolute claim to amazing grace. ... Billy has finished his long good race, leaving our world a better place and claiming his place in glory."

Former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee had this to say:

"When the news broke that Billy Graham had died, my first reaction was 'there's a real example of "Fake News.'" Billy Graham has passed from this life for sure at the age of 99, but he is anything but dead. He is more alive now than ever before, and living a life that will never end."

Graham's spokesman, Mark DeMoss, told the AP that Graham passed away at his home in North Carolina.  Graham, know as "America's Pastor," played confidant to various political leaders in his lifetime and has preached in more than 185 countries.