Trump speaks to packed house at Liberty University

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Presidential candidate Donald Trump visited Liberty University Monday, a familiar stop for Republicans with their sights set on the White House.

A large crowd showed up for Trump's visit.

The billionaire businessman spoke at Liberty's convocation.

The Republican presidential candidate talked about poll numbers and quoted scripture. He also talked about building a military and the Middle East.

Liberty University said they do not endorse candidates and have invited all presidential candidates to speak. Other candidates to visit Liberty recently include Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and Ben Carson.

Liberty President Jerry Falwell has spoken favorably of Trump in the past, saying he reminds him of his father. The elder Falwell was an early conservative cultural warrior.

In recent months, the younger Falwell has himself emerged in the debate over gun control. For instance, he has encouraged the Liberty campus to arm itself.

The encouragement came after the mass shootings in San Bernardino, California, in December that left 14 dead.