Bernie Sanders Speaks at Conservative Christian College

A self-proclaimed Democratic socialist is an odd choice for the convocation speaker at the world’s largest evangelical Christian college. Nonetheless, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke at Liberty University in Virginia Monday morning.

“I think it is a very good idea for people in politics and government to reach out and talk to people whose views may be very different,” Sanders told USA Today. “It’s easy enough to talk to people who agree with you, but it’s a lot harder to talk to people who have some fundamental disagreements with you.

Sanders said that his support of gay rights and pro-choice ideologies clash with the university’s faculty and staff, but he hopes to find common ground, discussing income inequality, morality and childhood poverty.

“I believe in women’s rights and the right of a woman to control her own body. I believe in gay rights and gay marriage,” Sanders began at Liberty, which was met with an applause from students.

In March, Senator Ted Cruz used Liberty’s convocation as his platform to announce his run for presidency. This past weekend, Sanders joined forces with Cornel West on the campaign trail in South Carolina at Benedict College.

Watch the speech below:

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