MONTREAT, N.C. -- Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney paid a visit to Rev. Billy Graham at his home near Asheville on Thursday.
Romney arrived around 4 p.m., just a few hours before the Vice Presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky.
Graham, 93, was admitted to a North Carolina hospital for a bronchitis infection this past August.
Romney told the Grahams that "prayer is the most helpful thing you can do for me."
The Republican nominee has faced some difficulty making inroads with evangelical voters, in part because some believe his Mormon faith means he is not a Christian.
Romney also once supported abortion rights, and raised questions again this week when he told a newspaper he would not pursue abortion-related legislation as president. He later said he would be, quote, "a pro-life president."
Graham's son, Franklin Graham, sparked a political controversy in February when he questioned President Barack Obama’s religious views in a controversial appearance on MSNBC.
The younger Graham, who was present during Thursday's visit, was asked during an interview if he believes America’s President is a Christian.
“I think you are going to have to ask President Obama,” Graham replied. “I think people have to ask Barack Obama. He’s come out saying that he’s a Christian. The question is, what is a Christian?”
He later apologized in a statement, saying, "I regret any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president, Mr. Obama...The president has said he is a Christian and I accept that (and have said so publicly on many occasions)."