“When I go to speak to voters, I don’t necessarily have to embrace the policies of the university,” he said.
Later, after losing the Michigan primary to Mc Cain, he further distanced himself from the school while taking a swipe at Mc Cain’s tactics.“I reject bigotry, I reject prejudice, I repudiate anti-Catholicism and racism,” he declared.
In 2008, past president Stephen Jones, great-grandson of evangelist and university founder Bob Jones, apologized for the school’s past racial discrimination.
The university didn’t admit any black students until 1971, 17 years after .
“We are considered leaders in the Christian community, the strong evangelical conservative community, so they are obviously wanting to have us interested in them,” he said.