LYNCHBURG, Va. – Former Vice President Mike Pence received a standing ovation Wednesday at Liberty University’s convocation.
Pence told the crowd he considers himself a Christian, Conservative, and Republican – in that order.
“Where the spirit of the Lord is there’s liberty. That means liberty always wins,” Pence said.
The former Indiana governor said he came to Liberty with a call to action.
“You must be the freedom generation because, the truth is, your generation may be the last line of defense for the Constitution of the United States,” Pence said.
Pence warned students that they will face challenges, but they must defend their values.
“When your convictions are tested, you will be, at that moment, the man or woman you have been preparing to be on every quiet day before,” said Pence.
Wednesday marked Pence’s third visit to the Christian university – his first since 2019 and the Jan. 6 insurrection, where he was called on to overturn the 2020 election.
With several Trump 2024 flags in attendance, students said they were not surprised by the warm welcome for pence.
“Although not all conservatives agree with Pence’s actions, we do agree with his Christian faith and his values; and that’s something he carried throughout the Trump administration,” said LU student Emily Huseman.
“He got a standing ovation when he left [the stage], so I believe everyone was in support of the vice president,” said Gabriel Spencer, another LU student.
You can watch his full speech here.