Pat Robertson, a well known Christian televangelist has recently stated that he's no longer in the business of endorsing candidates:
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson took a tiny television station in southeast Virginia and turned it into a global network that helped him launch a presidential bid and become one of the nation's most influential conservative Christians. But as the televangelist's network turns 50 on Saturday, he says he's getting out of the political endorsement game.Robertson's decision marks a significant departure for the founder of the Christian Coalition, who was once a central figure in Republican politics. Robertson, 81, was frequently sought out by GOP candidates hoping to curry favor with religious conservatives. His news-and-talk show on the Christian Broadcasting Network, the "700 Club," is viewed by about 1 million people in the U.S. each day."I've personally backed off from direct political involvement," Robertson said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press this week. "I've been there, done that. The truth of the matter is politics is not going to change our world. It's really not going to make that much of a difference."
Pat Robertson explains why he's made the decision to not endorse any candidate any more:
"When I was in charge of the Christian Coalition I was available to mobilize grass roots support for somebody," he said. "I don't have any army right now. It's just an opinion, and that isn't quite as good as it used to be."
Shortly after announcing that he's no longer directly endorsing political candidates, he makes this interesting comment about Mitt Romney's faith:
Robertson said he would continue to comment on the news of the day and noted he likes Mitt Romney's politics. He said he considers the Mormon candidate "an outstanding Christian," but declined to say if he would be OK with a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the White House.
Pat Robertson isn't the only well known Christian minister to accept the idea that Romney's faith is a part of Christianity. Joel Osteen, during the 2008 Presidential election, had this to say about Mitt Romney:
Joel Osteen also made some positive comments about Mitt Romney's faith in an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox New. His comments come at around the 1:35 mark if you want to go straight to his statement: