Mitt Romney to Speak At Bastion of Far-Right, Liberty U
Mitt's trying to make nice with Jerry Falwell, Jr, and his friends at the ultra-conservative Liberty University:
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will deliver the commencement address at Liberty University's graduation ceremony May 12, the school said today.
Liberty University bills itself as the world's largest Christian university with more than 12,500 students on its Lynchburg campus and more than 70,000 enrolled in its online programs.
At HuffPo, Jon Ward notes that this embrace of extremism--clearly meant to pander to far-right evangelical voters--may prove fortunate for his opponents:
Romney's choice to address the school on May 12 is a sign that he is not taking the conservative Republican base for granted, but will continue to court these voters despite the fact that he is now the GOP's presumptive nominee for president.
Democrats welcomed the news, hoping it can help them frame the former Massachusetts governor as extreme. Lis Smith, director for rapid response for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, retweeted the news without comment. Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Melanie Rousell tweeted it with the comment "Severely conservative embrace."
Read more about Liberty University--and its use of taxpayer money to promote its agenda--in this piece AlterNet ran by Bill Berkowitz.