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Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested Wednesday on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "The 700 Club" that Herman Cain should get out of the 2012 presidential race due to the generally negative mood surrounding the sexual scandal that has enveloped the Republican candidate.
Cain, previously accused of sexual harassment, was also recently accused of being in an extramarital relationship for 13 years.
Robertson said on air that allegations of sexual misconduct and a longtime affair are too much for Cain's candidacy to overcome, The Associated Press reported. He reportedly said that since Cain cannot win the nomination, "It's time to get out."
Robertson also referenced Cain's clumsiness in talking about foreign policy issues.
The Christian Broadcasting Network founder, a one-time GOP contender himself for the presidency, has been expressing his observations about the 2012 campaign field.
In October, he evoked a storm by saying that President Barack Obama was "inciting people to revolt," when talking about the "Occupy Wall Street" movement.
Also recently, the Christian broadcaster said the Republican Party was becoming too "extreme" and could lead to President Obama winning a second term in 2012.
Robertson said during the October broadcast, "I believe it was Lyndon Johnson that said, 'Don’t these people realize if they push me over to an extreme position I’ll lose the election? And I’m the one who will be supporting what they want but they’re going to make it so I can't win.' Those people in the Republican primary have got to lay off of this stuff. They're forcing their leaders, the frontrunners, into positions that will mean they lose the general election."
The Christian community has also become increasingly skeptical amid the allegations.
Dallas, Texas, megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress told CP recently he thinks the adultery allegations will hurt Cain's campaign more than the allegations of sexual harassment.
"While some people may not be bothered by a consensual sexual affair between two adults, many Americans, including evangelical Christians, would be greatly troubled if it turns out that Cain violated the [most] sacred vow a person can make," the pastor said.