|Members of Liberty University's Student Government Association Executive Council attend the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.|
More than 80 Liberty University students spent the weekend learning how they can impact America politically while staying firm in their Christian faith at the fifth annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. The summit was co-sponsored by Liberty University and Liberty Counsel, as well as the Family Research Council, AFA Action, American Values and the Heritage Foundation. About 2,000 people attended the event, according to Mat Staver, dean of Liberty University School of Law.
The three-day conference included book signings, exhibit halls and a presidential and vice presidential straw poll.
Students heard from several speakers, such as Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. Staver and Liberty campus pastor Johnnie Moore also spoke at the summit during breakout sessions.
Sean Maguire, a sophomore environmental science major at Liberty, attended the summit on Friday and Saturday. He said his favorite part was the exhibit halls set up by the Creation Museum, Live Action and Susan B. Anthony List, who were also co-sponsors of the event.
“It was good for Liberty to be a sponsor at this event because it gave Liberty students an opportunity to get informed about the issues that face our country right now. It also gave us an opportunity to see our leaders like Dean [Shawn] Akers (Helms School of Government), Dean Staver and Pastor Moore in a different situation and in a new light,” Maguire said.
|Mike Huckabee speaks at the summit.|
Amanda Haas, a junior political science major at Liberty, had never been to the Values Voter Summit before but has always wanted to go. Haas, who attended the Saturday session, is president of the Liberty University chapter of Concerned Women for America and strongly believes college students should be active and interested in politics.
“If you don't care now, when will you? We are all of age to vote now that we are in college, so we should be voting our values,” she said. “College students need this kind of education. No matter what degree an LU student is going for, they should know how to vote for what they value as a Christian.”
In November, all seats in the House of Representatives and 37 of 100 seats in the Senate will be up for re-election.