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“It is very easy for a candidate to speak to people who hold the same views,” Sanders said Wednesday in comments relayed by a spokesman.Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.), Heritage Foundation president and former senator Jim De Mint. Nasser asked, Sanders accepted, and when the convocation schedule was announced Wednesday, the whole world (or at least the political press) asked, “Why?” It’s obvious why Sanders would want to speak at Liberty: He’s running for president.Speaking to large and sometimes skeptical audiences is what presidential candidates do.And Sanders, who’ll be speaking from the most left-leaning end of the political spectrum, probably has more trouble reaching audiences like Liberty’s than almost anyone else.
But the following spring, the club’s leadership received an e-mail from the vice president of student affairs: “I must inform you that the College Democrats club is no longer going to be recognized as a Liberty University club,” it read.“We are unable to lend support to a club whose parent organization stands against the moral principles held by Liberty University.” Citing problematic aspects of the Democrats’ platform — support for federal funding of abortion and hate crime legislation, promotion of the “LGBT agenda,” “socialism,” etc.