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The Difference Between Michele Bachmann's and Rick Perry’s Liberty University Pitches

An analysis from someone inside the university.
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Two presidential contenders took up Liberty University's standing offer to all 2012 candidates to address students at the school's thrice-weekly convocations. Michele Bachmann spoke yesterday in Liberty's 10,000-seat Vines Center, following an appearance by Rick Perry on September 14.   

Bachmann's closest aide is reportedly Brett O'Donnell, the former coach of Liberty's championship debate team, a fact that may have helped her to outshine her contender between the appearances.

Perry seemed less at home than Bachmann in speaking before a college audience, admitting that he had to look up the word "convocation" before coming, and a pun he made on the word fell flat.

Bachmann was introduced by Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., as a "constitutional conservative" committed to "bold reforms" in fighting the "evils of big government," as well as a "defender of the unborn" and a "deeply committed Christian." Falwell also noted her role as the first woman elected to Congress in Minnesota.

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