As Mitt Romney hit the campaign trail in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Saturday, sitting in the front row, very quietly, was televangelist Pat Robertson.
Robertson did not appear at last month’s Republican National Convention, but WAVY-TV’s account of Romney’s speech suggests the GOP presidential nominee’s remarks were tailored to reach out to Robertson’s Christian fundamentalist fanbase — particularly a knock at the Democratic Party’s disagreement over whether to include “God” in its platform at its own national convention this past week.
“I will not take God out of our platform,” Romney said. “I will not take God off our coins and I will not take God out of my heart.”
Earlier this week on his show The 700 Club, Robertson said the Democrats were “going after God” and called them “the party of gays, godlessness and whatever else.” The remarks followed both a long line of slams against the Democrats for, among other things, embracing marriage equality (“it will mean the death knell of their party”) and his own endorsement of Romney (“you don’t have Jesus running”).
WAVY-TV posted video of Romney’s appearance Saturday. Robertson can be seen most visibly around the 6:15 mark, after Romney makes his way to the stage.