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Pat Robertson Encourages Man To Move To Saudi Arabia So He Can Beat His Wife

Romney ally is joking. But, "something's got to be done," he tells a man whose wife won't submit.

Posted on September 10, 2012, at 2:37 p.m. ET

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Televangelist Pat Robertson, who campaigned with Mitt Romney this past weekend in Virginia, advised a viewer of his show today to move to Saudi Arabia in order to be able to beat his wife.

Robertson's tone indicates he's joking โ€” โ€œWell, you could become a Muslim and you could beat her,โ€ he said, adding that the man "canโ€™t divorce her according to the Scripture, so I say: move to Saudi Arabia.โ€ The response came as part of the 700 Club's "Bring it On" segment, where viewers can send in questions for Robertson to answer.

Robertson refers to the woman in question as a "rebellious child," and says, โ€œThis manโ€™s got to stand up to her and he canโ€™t let her get away with this stuff."

โ€œI donโ€™t think we condone wife-beating these days but something has got to be done.โ€

A spokeswoman for the Romney campaign didn't respond to a request for comment.