Virginia Beach, VA —
Standing side-by-side with televangelist Pat Robertson at a campaign rally in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Republican Mitt Romney suggested that Democrats wanted to take the word "God" off the American currency, a claim made in a debunked chain email.
"I will not take God out of the name of our platform. I will not take God off our coins. And I will not take God out of my heart," Romney told the crowd.
A Romney advisor later admitted the candidate was not referring to any specific push to remove "God" from U.S. currency.
Robertson is anti-gay and vehemently opposed to marriage equality. The 82-year-old blasted the Democratic party as "godless" earlier this month for supporting gay marriage.
"Back in the 1850s or 60s there was a charge that one party was the party of rum, Romanism and rebellion. I don't know what you label the Democrats now but it's the party of gays, godlessness and whatever else. I mean, same-sex marriage is in the platform, they want to go along with that as a right, I'm just astounded," Robertson told viewers of The 700 Club.
Despite insisting in October of last year that he would not endorse a candidate, Robertson - an evangelical Christian - has now endorsed Romney - a Mormon. Robertson has said that it was unlikely Romney's faith would play a part in his presidential decisions.
Romney's Mormonism has been a point of contention for many evangelical Christians.
Obama campaign spokesperson Lis Smith called Romney's appearance with Robertson a ‘Hail Mary.'
"This isn't a recipe for making America stronger, it's a recipe for division and taking us backward," she said.