DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – As caucuses around Iowa began, the mood at the campaign headquarters of GOP candidate Mike Huckabee was prayerful.
An evangelical prayer group of eight people held hands in the middle of an otherwise rather empty ballroom and prayed for about 20 minutes here just now.
The group was led by Rebekah Swicegood, a home-schooled 22-year-old music teacher from Lowell, Arkansas, where Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, once served as governor.
Swicegood and others in the group surrounded a Huckabee campaign sign as she uttered a fast-paced prayer about a mile a minute. Barely taking a breath, Swicegood prayed for "a man who will lead our nation back to you, Lord."
Other highlights of the prayer session included:
- "He’s not going to say, 'well maybe abortion is OK.'"
- “It’s not OK for man to be married to a man - or a woman to be married to a woman."
- "When Rome got to the point of accepting sodomy, they fell"
The tiny group of worshippers capped off the moment by singing “God Bless America.”
Afterwards, when asked by CNN what drew Swicegood’s group to gather at Huckabee headquarters to pray, she said, “Because I know this is not controlled by people we can call, or by people who vote, it’s controlled by God in heaven and earth."
- CNN’s Dana Bash