Robertson?s father, Absalom Willis Robertson, was a Democratic congressman (1933-46) and senator (1946-66) from Virginia? According to Pat Robertson?s official biography, he is a distant relative of presidents Benjamin Harrison and William Henry Harrison and ?shares ancestry with Winston Churchill?? The 700 Club took its name from a 1963 telethon in which Robertson asked 700 viewers to pledge $10 a month to meet CBN?s monthly budget? Robertson?s comments about Hugo Chavez were, in part, ?If he thinks we?re trying to assassinate him, I think we really ought to go ahead and do it. It?s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war, and I don?t think any oil shipments will stop? We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability?? Robertson founded Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1977? In January of 2006 Robertson once again stirred the pot by remarking that Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon?s massive stroke was God?s angry response to Sharon?s foreign and domestic policies? On 13 January 2010 he said ?a pact with the devil? made ?a long time ago? by the people of Haiti was related to the previous day?s catastrophic earthquake there.
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