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Former governor of Alaska and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, visited Liberty University during the final official Convocation of the semester Wednesday, Dec. 4 to talk about her career in politics and her new book, “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.”
“We cannot lose the heart of Christmas because I guarantee you, losing that will erode the heart of America,” Palin said of the motivation behind her book. “That’s what we cannot afford to lose.”
According to President Jerry Falwell, Jr., Palin had been a prospective Convocation speaker for more than two years, but her schedule prevented her from being able to make the trip until Wednesday.
Falwell expressed his support for Palin during the Convocation, commending Palin for her work in politics during her career.
“She’s known for her tireless commitment to conservative values, limiting the size of government, exercising fiscal restraint and protecting religious freedom,” Falwell said in his introduction of Palin.
In a break from the normal Convocation format, Falwell and Liberty Vice President for Communications Johnnie Moore sat down with Palin and interviewed her about both her book and her life in and out of politics. Karen Jeffers, a senior government major at Liberty, said she thought that the unique format allowed students a closer look at Palin’s personality.
“I like those kind of Convocations because you get to see the speaker be a little bit more real with the audience, so I definitely appreciate that,” Jeffers said. “And Sarah Palin is a great person to have that kind of conversation with because she does have such a unique personality for a politician, and it’s a great way to showcase that.”
According to Jeffers, she agreed with many of the opinions expressed by Palin during Convocation about topics such as the subject of her book, the “war on Christmas” as Palin referred to it, and the debate on the separation of church and state.
“She’s definitely what Liberty encompasses,” Jeffers said. “She is a champion for Christ, and she’s definitely not afraid to say what she thinks … She was very funny, and she kind of brings a lightheartedness to the dirty politics that are going on right now, and I appreciate that about her.”
Christmas Convocation, a more lighthearted event at which attendance is optional for students, will bring the fall Convocation schedule to a close Thursday, Dec. 5.