Washington (CNN) – Christian evangelicals will surely have a major say in who becomes the next Republican presidential nominee. On Wednesday, a trio of conservative possible presidential contenders courted evangelicals with full-throated support for one group's cause.
The potential presidential candidates are Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and businessman Herman Cain. At an event in Des Moines, Iowa, all three expressed adamant support for home schooling to a group organized around that issue.
The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators, a well-organized evangelical group in the state, sponsored the event. The organization aims to curb government interference as parents opt to teach their children at home. Kay Henderson, News Director for Radio Iowa News, provided audio of the speeches.
Bachmann, mulling a presidential bid, played up her Iowa roots in the state that will hold the first major presidential contest: the Iowa caucus.
"I'm a seventh-generation Iowan…What I love about Iowans is that we're fighters," Bachmann told the crowd.
The congresswoman then turned to the subject at hand.
"My husband and I also home schooled our children for a number of years," Bachmann said, mentioning her five biological children and 23 others she parented through Foster care.
Home schooling is "about freedom," Bachmann added. "It's about liberty. It's about knowing our children better than the state knows our children."
Cain echoed a similar theme.
"Get this government out of the way," he told the crowd. "Government is trying to strangle education in America by strangling what you have the right to do."
Cain was the first Republican to establish a presidential exploratory committee and is also considering a White House bid.
It was perhaps Ron Paul, who is also weighing another presidential run, who made the strongest claim about the nation's education system.
"The public school now is a propaganda machine," Paul said. "They start with our kids even in kindergarten, teaching them about family values, sexual education, gun rights, environmentalism, and they condition them to believe in so much that is totally un-American."
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report