Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) - Mitt Romney grew reflective when asked about God and government at a town hall in Iowa Friday.
A man asked the GOP candidate about the role of religion in American society.
"I know there are some people who would like to make this nation a secular nation, who want to take God out of everything that exists in this country," Romney said. "They try to say it's unconstitutional."
Romney pointed to the Declaration of Independence, saying the document "points out that it's God who gave us those rights in the first place."
The former Massachusetts governor is a Mormon and has at times shrugged off detractors who do not consider his religion to be Christian.
Romney told the audience at an Iowa plant that he believed there should be more prayer in schools and more "religious ornamentation" in the public square.
"I'm not looking for teachers to have prayer every day in the classroom but I do think at special ceremonies - graduation, football games and the like, that calling on our creator is a good idea," he said.
He continued: "I trust in God, and I know you do, and I believe it's appropriate for us to recognize in the public square that we do indeed have a creator and that we trust in our creator, particularly at this time of year," he said.