Trump for President? Evangelicals Paying Attention

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NEW YORK CITY - If nothing else, people know two things about Donald Trump: He's got a lot of money and the bravado to go with it.

The outspoken billionaire is attracting attention, as he rises in GOP polls and decides by June whether he will run for president.

In an exclusive interview with CBN News, Trump talked about his faith, his views on the Koran, gay marriage, and everything in between.

"I think people want the truth. I think they're tired of politicians. They're tired of politically correct stuff." Trump told CBN News.

A Frontrunner?

That could be one of the reasons behind his recent bold questioning of President Obama's birth certificate. Recent polls show Trump gaining against other potential presidential contenders.

"I would much prefer that Barack Obama was a great president He's one of our worst presidents ever and something has to be done, because it's only going to get worse." Trump said.

Click play to watch David Brody's report. Also, watch more analysis here with Regent University distinguished professor of government Charles Dunn.  He discusses how Trump's possible bid for president could impact the Republican Party.

In our wide-ranging interview, "The Donald," as he is known, was in rare form, whether standing up for American business interests or discussing who gets the oil in Iraq once the U.S. leaves.

"I look at what's happening with so many other nations ripping off the United States, we're like a laughing stock." Trump said. "We won the war. We take over the oil fields."

"There's no way on my watch that we leave those oil fields and let Iran take them over," he said. "That ain't going to happen."

A Softer, Gentler Trump

That kind of talk is his public persona. But what about the softer side of Donald Trump?

CBN News spent time talking about the part of his life you might not know about, like his brother Fred who died at the age of 42.

"He had everything going, but when he went to college, for some reason he started drinking," Trump explained. "That was before the drug age, and before other things, but drinking essentially, it's all one big problem but he drank."

"And he smoked also but he drank. And he drank a lot," he continued. "And he started drinking more and more. And he ultimately died of alcoholism."

"Life is fragile but I have wonderful children and from the time they were old enough to listen to me and speak, from a very young age, I used to say no drinking, at all. No drugs. No smoking," he said.

"I even used to say no coffee. Okay? And now I add no tattoos." Trump said.

Trump on God

The iconic billionaire spoke a little bit about how he views God.

"I believe in God. I am Christian. I think the Bible is certainly, it is the book, it is the thing," he said. "First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, Queens, that's where I went to church. I'm a Protestant. I'm a Presbyterian."

"Do you actively go to church?" CBN News asked.

"Well I go as much as I can. Always on Christmas. Always on Easter. Always when there's a major occasion," he explained. "And during the Sundays. I'm a Sunday church person. I'll go when I can."

And there are no shortages of Bible's in Trump's possession.

"Well, I get sent Bibles by a lot of people," he said, adding that he keeps them all in a special place.

"There's no way I would ever throw anything to do anything negative to a Bible, so what we do is we keep all of the Bibles," he explained. "I would have a fear of doing something other than very positive."

Evangelical Attention

That's the kind of talk that will get the attention of evangelical voters. However, he will also need to build trust on some key issues like abortion.

"One thing about me, I'm a very honorable guy. I'm pro-life, but I changed my view a number of years ago," Trump told CBN News. "One of the reasons I changed, one of the primary reasons, a friend of mine, his wife was pregnant, in this case married. She was pregnant and he didn't really want the baby."

"He ends up having the baby and the baby is the apple of his eye. It's the greatest thing that's ever happened to him," he explained. "And you know here's a baby that wasn't going to be let into life. And I heard this, and some other stories, and I am pro-life."

"So those stories did change you? They came around and changed you?" CBN News asked.

"They changed me. Yeah, they changed my view as to that, absolutely." Trump said.

When it comes to the landmark Roe v. Wade, decision, Trump said he stood firmly in the pro-life camp, though was less certain on his thoughts about the law's constitutionality.

"I really don't. It's standing right now we'll see what happens, but I am pro-life and I'll defend that."  Trump said.

"It's really something that will evolve. It has evolved," he said about the law. "It will keep being evolved, but I'm on the side of pro-life and I'll stick that way."

Social Issues 

Trump says he is for traditional marriage but has not made up his mind about civil unions.

"Well civil unions, look. First of all, I live in New York. I know many, many gay people. Tremendous people. And to be honest with you, as far as civil unions are concerned, I haven't totally formed my opinion," he said. "But there can be no discrimination against gays. I'm against gay marriage, I took a lot of heat for that."

Regarding radical Islam, Trump explained further what he meant when he said America has a Muslim problem.

"Bill O'Reilly asked me, is there a Muslim problem? And I said absolutely, yes," he said. "In fact I went a step further. I said I didn't see Swedish people knocking down the World Trade Center."

"I'm certainly not an expert to put it mildly, but there's something there that teaches some very negative vibe" Trump said about the Koran.

"There's a lot of hatred there that's some place," he continued. "Now I don't know if that's from the Koran, I don't know if that's from some place else. But there's tremendous hatred out there that I've never seen anything like it."

Evangelicals for Trump?

Even if Trump might sound solid on many social issues, he carries the potential baggage of two failed marriages.

"I'm a very hard worker, and I've always said it's very difficult for a woman to be married to me because I work all the time," Trump said.

"Is there a lesson you learned in those two failed marriages?" David asked.

"Well, I think the lesson is, and they were both wonderful women, I think the message is you do have to devote the requisite time to your marriage," Trump said.

So is there an opening for Trump among Evangelicals?

Top strategist Ralph Reed said,"There is a nascent and growing curiosity in the faith community about Trump."

"They know how important this election is that's coming up. I think that they want to get somebody in who is going to win," Trump said. "And perhaps they look at me as somebody who can win."

In a GOP field void of a frontrunner, anything's possible.

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