On September 14, the Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke at Liberty University. To establish “common ground” with conservative Christian students, Sanders reflected upon Bible teachings.
“‘So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets,’” Sanders recited.
The New York Times reported that the Jewish presidential candidate is the first Democrat “so far to reach out to them in such a direct manner.”
Sanders politely acknowledged the crowd and its view on issues including abortion and gay marriage. Monday’s speech was to address the central issues of his campaign to Christians.
Issues including childhood poverty and increasing minimum wage were discussed in the context of following the golden rule: do to others what you would want others to do for you.
“It is not very complicated,” he added. “I want all of you, if you would, to put this in the context of the Bible.”
The Democratic candidate had “cultivated, intentionally or not, that his message aligns occasionally with the beliefs of those in religious communities,” according to The New York Times.
Sanders did not receive enthusiasm similar to that of his Republican opponent Senator Ted Cruz of Texas “when he announced his candidacy here in March;” however, the message’s intentions were recognized.
“We have the same goals, helping people in need, we just have different philosophies on how to get there,” said Jerry Falwell, Jr, the president of Liberty University.