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Palin to dine with Billy Graham and son Sunday night

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Sarah Palin, who will sign books Monday at Fort Bragg, plans a stopover in Montreat, N.C. today to have dinner with 91-year-old Billy Graham and his son, Franklin Graham, who issued the invitation.

"He just saw that she was going to be in the area and he said to come by," said Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for Franklin Graham. Former Alaska Gov. Palin, who was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, will fly into Asheville this afternoon, Blume said, and then go to Billy Graham's mountaintop home in Montreat for dinner.

The Charlotte-born evangelist has never met Palin, who is now on a national book tour promoting her new memoir, "Going Rogue: An American Life." But Graham's oldest daughter, Gigi told the Observer last year that he commented to her that Palin was "mighty pretty."

Franklin Graham got to know Palin early this year in Alaska. She accompanied him as Samaritan's Purse, a Boone-based international relief agency he heads, delivered 44,000 pounds of groceries to Alaska families in villages along the frozen Yukon River who had been hit by a harsh winter.

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