Romney to deliver Liberty University commencement speech
April 19th, 2012
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Romney to deliver Liberty University commencement speech

(CNN) – Mitt Romney will deliver the commencement address at the evangelical Christian university led by Jerry Falwell, Jr., Liberty University said in a Thursday post to their website.

The school, located in Lynchburg, Virginia, will host the likely GOP nominee for their May 12 graduation.

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In the statement, Falwell said he is "delighted" that Romney will attend, and noted that President George H.W. Bush delivered the university's 1990 commencement address. Ten years earlier, the university was visited by then-presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, he said.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona spoke at the university's 2007 commencement.

The university says it has over 12,000 residential students and over 70,000 enrolled in online programs.

Recent high-profile commencement speakers at the university have included movie director Randall Wallace, radio host Glenn Beck, and writer and actor Ben Stein.

– CNN Senior Producer Vaughn Sterling and CNN Political Coverage Manager Steve Brusk contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Virginia
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I wonder if Mittens knows that this does not help him with independents, it only reinforces that he will do anything to be a teavangelical.

    April 19, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I see there are no minorities in Romney's Nevada campaign function.

    April 19, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. melvin

    the gop keeps talking about how they create jobs in the democrats dont create jobs,well i did some soul searching on google in found out in the past 100 years the republicans have only created 34 million jobs,and the democrats have created 77 million jobs.

    the democrats needs to let the american people know about this,because this is unbelievable.reagan created half of the gop jobs in the past 100 years,that means the other 8 republican presidents only created 17 million jobs in the past 100 years.

    April 19, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Democrats create jobs, republicans declare wars.

    April 19, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. king

    Romney will be saying; sacrifice your interest so that us rich folks can be more comfortable; the trickle down will reach you if China doesn't get it first. Obama is not one of us, even though you know if I was born here or in. mexico, drill baby drill and forget about clean energy; and the fact that drilling wont do nothing to lower oil prices, we will ballance the budget, even though I'm planing on expanding the military to fight other folks wars, and run up the bill to put on another president credit card, like what bush did to Obama.

    April 19, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Sandy

    Melvin, not only that. Republicans always run up the debt and claim deficits don't matter, then when a Democrat gets in office they start screaming about the debt and deficit.

    April 19, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Jesse

    Remember: Romney pays people to hold signs for him and attend rallies.

    There's what...100-150 people there? Ron Paul brought in 3,300 in RI last night.

    April 19, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. mario

    Sure good start to cut the help on educatiion

    April 19, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. GI Joe

    Romney's plans – he won't tell us what they are until after he is elected. it's a SECRET. All he does is bash President Obama. Don't fall for it.

    April 19, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    We believe you're going to lose.

    April 19, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The university says it has over 12,000 residential students and over 70,000 enrolled in online programs"

    And this is important why ... ?

    April 19, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Matthew

    Yo Bishop romney, you think if you promised the minorities & the Hispanics & the disabled & the workin man & the middle class Majic underwear the would come around to support you????

    April 19, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Will his celebrity endorser Ted Nugent be introducing him to the crowd, I wonder.

    April 19, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    I guess a capive audience is ONE way to get people to attend ..............................

    Just saying.

    April 19, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    Is he gonna brain-wash them?

    April 19, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    GI Joe - Romney's plans – he won't tell us what they are until after he is elected. it's a SECRET. All he does is bash President Obama. Don't fall for it.
    But I thought the Democrats LIKED secrets! Obamacare was a big secret to everybody when Pelosi infamously said they'd have to pass it so we could see what was in it. And Obama ran on "hope & change" in 2008 but he didn't tell us the "change" was to massive debt, deficits and bankrupt European style socialism.

    April 19, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one) "Am I mistaken or did I read somewhere that Mittens is actually selling tickets to Camp David to donors that contribute $50,000 to his Victory Fund? Perhaps tickets is not the right word but it was something along the lines of preferred seating at Camp David during his victory celebration or something to that effect."
    Yeah, I heard that as well. From what I gather, if you donate $50,000 to his Victory Fund you then become a "founding member" (whatever the hell that is) and will be given the luxury to attend his Victory Tour Retreat, (again, whatever the hell that is) the actual route which has yet to be determined (California is being mentioned), and may or may not include Camp David. Awfully "preppy" of Mittens, don't you think? And droll...

    April 19, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |