Forum Post: Bernie Sanders’s speech at Liberty University wasn't a stunt. It's core to his campaign.
Posted 5 years ago on Sept. 15, 2015, 9:02 a.m. EST by factsrfun
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Updated by Andrew Prokop on September 14, 2015, 1:10 p.m. ET
Throughout much of his presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders has been speaking to friendly, liberal crowds. There's nothing unusual about that — it's the best way to win the Democratic primary, and it's certainly helped him get to the front of the polls in Iowa and New Hampshire.
But Sanders's theory of change demands more than that. He wants to bring about a "political revolution" in which he mobilizes the American public to back an explicit, full-on challenge to the power of billionaires and corporate interests. He believes his focus on economic and political inequality will appeal to both apathetic non-voters and traditionally Republican constituencies. Only with such broad support, he argues, does he have a shot at passing his agenda.
So on Monday, Sanders put that theory to the test, when he spoke at the convocation of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, Liberty is the largest evangelical Christian university in the world, and known as a hotbed of conservative activism.
There, Sanders made the case that these religious and Republican Christians should look past their disagreements with him on abortion and same-sex marriage — and give his economic agenda a chance. Here was his pitch: