Rev Pat Robertson

Robertson, Pat Robertson, Pat (Marion Gordon Robertson), 1930-, American evangelist and politician, b. Lexington, Va. The son of U.S. Senator A. Willis Robertson, he is a graduate of Yale Law School and an ordained Southern Baptist minister. In 1960 he founded the Christian Broadcasting Network (now the Family Channel). As host of a television talk show on that network (1968-86, 1988-) that blends evangelical Protestantism with conservative politics, he has attained a large and loyal following. Robertson campaigned unsuccessfully for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination. In 1989 he founded the Christian Coalition, a conservative Christian political group that has been influential in the Republican party; he is its president. He is the author of a number of books, including an apocalyptic novel (1996).

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