January 3rd, 2008
08:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Caucuses prompt prayers at Huckabee HQ

An unidentified group of supporters of Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, pray before the start of caucus night in Des Moines, Iowa

An unidentified group of supporters of Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, pray before the start of caucus night in Des Moines, Iowa

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

Filed under: Mike Huckabee
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Bob


    The Bible also prohibits menstruating women from being in public because they are unclean, and anyone who works on the Sabbath to be stoned... among others.

    Let's hear him defend those "laws of God."

    January 3, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. Mary

    I am an educated person in Iowa. Fortunately in my caucus common sense prevailed. In fact when someone tried to bring up a pro-life platform issues, my fellow Republicans said we would not debate the issue. At my caucus there was informed discussion and conversation about a myriad of issues that matter to the state and our country.

    I've lived other places and taught at other universities. Iowans are an educated and throughful lot. This story makes for expectional and attention getting reporting, but does not reflect the thoughtful process that occurred in almost every town and city tonight.

    Remember the cigarette ad from a lont time ago–You've come a long way baby! We thought the reporting of what Iowa was about had come a long way. In fact, when watching CNN tongiht every Iowan you interviewed had teeth and no bib overalls. Unfortunately this story is looking to stereotype and capture the exception not the rule.

    January 3, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. Mike

    They still don't get it do they?


    Ohh Lord, I beg you to let huckabee win the nomination so he'll be crushed in the Gen Election


    January 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. That's Reality

    Brandon, Guess what – Jesus IS still alive.

    sprootles, I don't know what Bible you read but that's not what mine says. A man may not beat his wife to death and God was only testing Abraham when He told him to sacrifice his son (which he didn't do because God wouldn't let him).

    To those who feel it's necessary to bash Christians: You really don't understand them or the God they believe in. That is why you either hate them or are afraid of them. Granted, Christians are not perfect and I never met one who claimed to be. But neither are you and we all have the right to believe and say and conduct our lives the way we choose. A lot of people hated Christ, too, even though he was the Son of God and in fact, God Himself.

    To those who believe we evolved from animals: It really hasn't been proven, and that is the absolute truth. Do you believe in absolute truth? Are you absolutely sure there isn't absolute truth?

    January 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  5. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    The Evangelicals have fallen for the bait. They have unwittingly become the destroyers of the Republican Party, by screwing the Mormon. Mormons and conservative Catholics have been offended by this county bumpkin and will not vote for him, if the Republican Party gives him the nod. Why would the large Mormon-inhabited areas of Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Colorado vote for the bigot? And please, don't forget the massively Catholic areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticutt, New York, Maryland, etc. THE FRAGMENTATION OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS NOW BEGUN. Thanks a lot Dixie! The Democratic camp, (especially Hillary Clinton), is cackling insanely, as well as the liberal news media. They promoted Huckabee and propped him up well and it worked.
    WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Idiots of Iowa. And South Carolina is next.

    January 3, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  6. Josh

    as a Republican living in Arkansas, the fact that anyone WANTS to vote for that man after all the messes he caused in the state once he knew he didn't have to face another re-election is beyond my imagination.

    When three major laws that he passed in his last term are passed, agreed upon by both houses of Congress, sent to the new governor, and signed THAT DAY.....that should tell you something.

    January 4, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  7. Gina

    "To those who feel it's necessary to bash Christians: You really don't understand them or the God they believe in. That is why you either hate them or are afraid of them."
    The same can be said for Christians too, That's Reality, they are just as hateful towards and afraid of people of different faiths as they claim people are towards them. And That is REALITY.
    It wasn't the Mormons who murdered thousands of innocent women during the witch hunts, they were murdered by people who claimed to be Christians.
    It wasn't the Pagans who invaded South America and murdered thousands of innocent people, the Aztecs, Incans, Mayans and countless other cultures, because they believed differently. It was people who claimed to be Christians.
    It wasn't Buddihst who came to this country and proclaimed the Native American Indians heathans just because the bleieved in a Great Spirit, and then forced their beliefs upon them, it was people who claimed to be Christians.
    See the pattern?
    So tell me why shouldn't people be afraid of you and feel hatered for you, can you really blame them?
    The only sad thing is that not all Christians are that way, but look what history has shown us about Christian religion.
    Maybe if Christians were more accepting and tolerant of others of different beliefs and less condemning then maybe Christians would be accepted more themselves.
    God says in the bible that He goes by many names, so how can someone be a Christian if they condemn someone just because they call God by a different name? Or just because their interpretation of the word of God is different then the Christian interpretation?
    Growing up my father took me and my family to church every Sunday and Wednesday, the Church of God to be exact. They called themselves Christians too, but yet I saw more bigotry, discrimanation and hatered against others in that church then any place else I had been. And honestly if thats the definition of a Christian then I'd rather be a Heathen.
    I thought the whole idea of God was to Do unto others as you would have done unto you and to Love thy neighbor. I thought God stood for love not for hate and violence. I don't recall ever seeing anything in the bible that said Go out and murder thy neighbor in cold blood because he believes differently then you.
    Since when did God become being about hate and prejudice. And if you say that it's not like that then go back and reread the posts above. There's more talk of violence and hating and bigotry and the likes then there is in the news about Iraq. I know thats an overstatement just trying to make a point.
    So please don't do the whine and cry thing about people hating you because of your religious beliefs. Maybe if so called Christians hadn't been so closed minded and violent about others beliefs in the past you wouldn't feel so misunderstood in the present.
    I feel sorry for these socalled Christians who believe that theirs is the only "true" religion and that if you don't agree with them your going to go to Hell. I have a feeling that when They get to heaven their gonna get a big surprise. Remember Judge not least you be judged.

    January 4, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  8. David, Encinitas, CA

    That's (Un)Reality:

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but man's evolution from earlier forms has absolutely been proven via the fossil record and DNA. PBS has a very good summary at their site:


    No, it's not a "liberal plot".

    And no, I don't hate christians. I do have an issue with any group that tries to break down the barriers separating church and state. This country has been successful because of the the spirit of the reformation, not because of religion. Let's not rewrite history and try to undo all the good that's been done.

    And Ellen, last time I checked, the bible was not the basis for our laws. That honor belongs to English common law, the magna carta and other influences. I for one don't wish to live in a theocratic society.

    January 4, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Ken

    I consider myself a devout Christian but when i read this I felt sorry for this Swicegood girl. sorry for her ignorance. God will not pick the next president. we have a certain thing called free agency to decide things for ourselves. so this nation will pick the president. and so if Huckleberry snows enough people he wins.

    January 4, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Robert

    There is HOPE! Barack Obama's articulate intelligent passionate comments last night were so refreshing. It is such a joy to think that we may have this brilliant man as president and to have his wonderful family represent the REAL values of the people of this country. We have had the Jesus Pimps run this country into the sewer long enough! There is HOPE!

    January 4, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Tim

    Didn't G.W. run on values? Look where that got us. I am a Christian but I will only vote for the man or woman with the better plan...period. There's Christian, but then there's stupid. Everyone has the freedom to decide what they want to be, but let's not be stupid.

    January 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. sprootles

    Excellent post, Gina! Yours was what I was trying to say, except not abrasive.

    I am constantly stunned by Christians who hate people who don't believe they way they do and who think their religion is the 'one true way'.

    This country has been snowed for 8 yrs. If citizens fall for another candidate in the same vein, well, I fear for the future of the United States.

    I suppose the 23% of citizens who still think Bush is an excellent leader will vote for Huckabee. So, if that's the case, let 'em. It's only 23%, given no fraud with the ballot machines.

    Lastly, I find these caucuses ridiculous. Lots have gone on to win the presidency without winning either Iowa or New Hampshire. It's the media who try to make them in to a huge deal.

    January 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. alex

    mike huckabee's campaign is based on corny one-liners and affability without really saying anything substantive. for example, "people want someone who looks like their coworker rather than the person that fired them". this says nothing about what his decisions will be as president. if these trite statements are what win elections i fear the direction of the country.

    January 5, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Jeremy

    "The Bible also prohibits menstruating women from being in public because they are unclean, and anyone who works on the Sabbath to be stoned… among others."

    The Bible talks about the woman with the issue of blood (which according to the Jews back then she was unclean because of her disease) it does not mean according to the Bible women are unclean. And again your second comment is also incorrect because it was the Jewish law not God's (Jesus made this clear) Understand the Bible before voicing an opinion.

    Since when was it wrong to pray for our leaders and country? This girl is doing us a favor. Since when did people not want to follow our founding fathers? Has this country gone so far away from the principles that this country was founded on that they don't even want them anymore?

    Did the 10 commandments offer us anything? I guess its ok to steal, kill and sleep with other peoples husbands and wifes.. right?

    Lets remove all the things this country was founded on so we can do those things!
    Sounds like a plan to me!

    YEE HAA!

    January 10, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
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