Washington (CNN) – Several potential Republican candidates emphasized various themes important to social conservatives – a key constituency in Iowa - during speeches there at a conference of several hundred pastors.
On Thursday night, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee told the Rediscover God in America event, held in West Des Moines, that the country is in a battle pitting good against evil.
"I pray that God will raise up spiritual warriors who will say America will not fall – that we will not let this nation fall to the hands of those that will enslave us. This battle is one that pits good against evil. There are things that are right and there are things that are wrong and the great battle that we will live or die by to preserve this nation is one in which we identify and then we fight for until the last breath – that there are some things that are holy and pure and that are just," he said.
"I still want you to understand fully that the greatness of this nation and the hope and future of this nation is not dependent on who we elect in a human position as much as it is that the pastors of this nation on their faces before God then on their feet before their people bring fire to their pulpits and bring revival to this great land and remind us whose people we are and we say we will never fall again," he told the group.
He praised the efforts last year in which three Iowa judges were recalled because of their ruling that same sex marriage was constitutional.
On Friday former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour spoke as they try to build support among the evangelical Christians in the state a group which is considered key in order to do well in the state's caucuses next year.
As he has in previous speeches in the state, Gingrich talked about being ready on his first day in office to sign a number of executive orders. He would revoke some of the czars put in place by the Obama Administration as well as reinstate a permanent ban on federal money for abortions.
"I believe if we have the right in 2012 and elect the right Congress," then he said the nation can correct some of the problems it faces now. "We can change this country. We have changed this country before."
He attacked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a federal appeals court based in California, for being too liberal.
A webcast showing the event will be played in thousands of churches across the state on Saturday. This event came one day before six prospective candidates, including Barbour, Gingrich, and Rep. Michele Bachmann from Minnesota, speak Saturday before a day-long Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines. That event's sponsor is Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who wants to see social issues play a major influence in the Republican nomination process.