'Good against evil' in Iowa
March 25th, 2011
05:36 PM ET
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'Good against evil' in Iowa

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.

Filed under: Haley Barbour • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Mike Huckabee • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. john in cal

    My main concern is, who is going to determine who or what is good and who or what is evil. I'm sure that those who are evil think that they are good. Hmmm so then those that are really evil, but think they are good come out with laws and bills which in reallity are bad and evil but are good to them. Do you see a problem here.

    March 25, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. B

    It is not good against evil, it is now about haves and have nots. The republicans and their greedy corporate bosses that are destroying this country! If the GOP has it’s way, the 2% at the top will have most of everything their own way with the rest of the WORKING People in this declining country.

    They also should grow up and join the 21st century as a diverse society that includes -everyones freedoms -under the constitution and not just White Christians..

    March 25, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Henry

    And the culture wars move right along. It is time to get the religious crazies back on board. The Repubs do it every time and with great success. That is because the religious right is a group of DUMB followers. Threaten them with God and there they spring into action. But wait .......... the religious right is the same group as the tea party as the anti muslim crowd as the Obama is an alien crowd (birthers), the I don't like a black man in the White House crowd. They are all the same people.

    March 25, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Huckabee is nothing but a fraud now that he and his look-alike wife can build their million dollar mansion in Florida thanks to Fox cause preaching couldn't afford him that luxury. Huckabee is unfit to speak and good and evil because he has sold his soul to the devil for the love of money.

    March 25, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. Jim

    This is easy! The EVIL is the workers, the GOOD is Wall Street. All Republicans hate the worker and love Wall Street because they get their cash from Wall Street. When the Republicans get done there will be no minimum wage and children will be in the work force. Remember in 1911 there was a fire that killed many children and workers that started the child labor laws and the unions that started the fair labor act.

    March 25, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    From what I see and hear from most republicans (candidates and regular people I know personally), I don't think we have to worry about them infiltrating Heaven. Jesus surely would have been labeled a Democrat and hated by all of them.

    March 25, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |

    Mmmmmmmmmkay. So, back to the matters at hand, for example, how will they help create jobs? Pray us up some jobs? We can already do THAT on our own so I'm waiting to hear concrete plans. Demagoguery only works with uneducated, low information voters.

    These potential GOP candidates must think we're as dumb as they look.

    March 25, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. Herbie Walker

    So, if you are elected President, Pastor Huckabee, who'll decide which Americans are good and which are evil?


    That's always the problem isn't it?

    March 25, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. Chris

    I've heard this kind of thing more and more frequently from people on the right. They believe that liberals are the source of all evil in the world and Conservatives have been annoited by God. That this simply isn't about poltics, but they are engaged in a righteous crusade against the Anti-Christ, Obama

    The wild eyed extremism coming from the right is becoming truly frightening.

    March 25, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. azmary

    Oh come on! Why are we continuing the "divide" policy of the Right Wing of the GOP? Next we will hear the old canard of "Real America", vs. "Not Real America" that came out of Ms. Palin's campaign events in 2008. All Americans are a mixture of good and bad, and the vast majority of us demonstrate every day we are most often chosing to be good and fair to our fellow humans, both here in America and all over the globe.

    March 25, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. willie floyd

    If Reps. could ever embrace "SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE" what a wonderful country we would be. I'm a Christian, but I can't relate to these right wing extremists and their ideas of the teachings of Jesus. Sometimes I think either my Bible or theirs must have some mis-prints.

    March 25, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    Which side is the RIGHT on and how do you judge 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..."]

    Who are the WARRIORS and who are the ENSLAVERS??? No more comments – just keep RELIGION out of POLITICS!!!

    March 25, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. Larry L

    Newt would sign an executive order giving the okay to congressmen who want to sex with their staff. Palin would write one to make New Mexico a part of the United States. Trump would try to order a official day honoring himself. Huckabee would make Fox News the official replacement for NPR and doughnuts the National food. Bachman would make white the official color of the U.S. There's just too many clowns in the a republican circus to joke about them all. Fortunately, they're all a giant joke so the effort isn't required.

    March 25, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
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