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 (CBN). As host of a television talk show (1968–86, 1988–) on CBN and its cable channel (later the Family Channel; sold in 1997) 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 CoalitionChristian Coalition,
organization founded to advance the agenda of political and social conservatives, mostly comprised of evangelical Protestant Republicans, and to preserve what it deems traditional American values.
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, a conservative Christian political group that has been influential in the Republican party; he served as its president until 2001. In 2005–6 he attracted attention with a number of highly controversial remarks, including calling for the assassination of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. Robertson is the author of a number of books, including an apocalyptic novel (1996).


See his autobiography (rev. ed. 1995); biographies by D. E. Harrell, Jr. (1987) and J. B. Donovan (1988); studies by G. T. Straub (1986), H. Morken (1988), A. D. Hertzke (1993), R. Boston (1996), and A. Foege (1996).

Robertson, Pat (Marion Gordon)

(1930–  ) Protestant evangelist; born in Lexington, Va. The son of a conservative Democrat who served 34 years in the U.S. House and Senate, he graduated from Washington and Lee (1950), took a law degree from Yale, and was ordained a Southern Baptist minister in 1961 after being "born again." He established the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia (1961) where he appeared as an evangelical preacher. His network eventually reached 30 million cable television subscribers in the U.S.A.; it enabled him to launch a career as a leader of the religious right. After an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, he returned to his television ministry.
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The organisers were (from left) Sandra Robertson, Pat McPhillips, Margaret Provencal, Denise Garton and Doreen Hudson.
Pat Robertson, Pat Robertson's Perspective, April, 1978.
Our alternative to Clinton, friends, is Jack Kemp, Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, Pat Robertson, Pat Buchanan - well, I think you know to which group I'm referring.