Pat Robertson: Vote Romney because ‘you don’t have Jesus running’

By David Edwards
Monday, May 14, 2012 14:29 EDT
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CBN televangelist Pat Robertson
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Televangelist Pat Robertson may think Mormonism is a cult, but he has given his most vocal endorsement of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney yet because “you don’t have Jesus running.”

Robertson began Monday’s edition of CBN’s The 700 Club by highlighting Romney’s commencement address to Liberty University, a Christian school founded by Baptist Minister Jerry Falwell.

“His opposition to gay marriage scored big points with this audience,” CBN’s Terry Meeuwsen noted.

“Looks like the people who were worried about his Mormonism, that crowd is diminishing somewhat,” Robertson agreed. “The question is if you have two candidates, you don’t have Jesus running against somebody else. You have Obama running against Romney.”

Although Robertson has called Romney “an outstanding Christian,” he had previously declined the to offer an endorsement of the Republican candidate, who a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. CBN’s website lists Mormonism as an example of a “cult,” arguing that “the Mormons are far from the truth.”

Earlier this year, Robertson came to the conclusion that Romney would not “interject the Mormon religion into the way he governs.”

An endorsement of the current Christian White House resident is apparently out of the questions because the TV preacher worries that President Barack Obama may secretly be a Muslim.

“I don’t know if he was trained in a madrassa, one of those Muslim schools, but nevertheless that is his inclination,” Robertson said in 2011.

But Robertson’s endorsement may not even matter because earlier this year, the televangelist revealed that God had already told him who the next president would be — and it’s a secret.

“I think He showed me the next president, but I’m not supposed to talk about that,” Robertson explained. “So I’ll leave you in the dark — probably just as well — I think I’ll know who it will be.”

Watch this video from CBN’s 700 Club via BuzzFeed, broadcast Mat 14, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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