U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann brought the fire and brimstone in Iowa over the weekend, showcasing her appeal to evangelical voters as she preached America should turn from its "wicked ways" so that God will heal the nation.
Iowa holds the first test in the Republican nominating contest with its caucuses, which have been dominated by Christian conservative voters in the past. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, won Iowa in 2008, when 60 percent of caucus attendees were born-again Christians.
Bachmann wants to appeal to a variety of conservatives, but the church crowd is an important part of her base.
As reported by the Des Moines Register here, Bachmann spoke from the pulpit on Sunday at Point of Grace Church in Waukee. She noted that the church has a replica of a painting of George Washington praying at Valley Forge, the same image the Minnesota congresswoman has in her Washington office.
“We, too, are at a crucial time today," Bachmann said, according to the Register. "It is for us to remember, that if we do as Chronicles tells us, if we humble ourselves and pray and confess our sins, and turn away from our wicked ways, and ask an almighty God to come and protect us, and fight the battle for us, we know from his word, his promise is sure. He will come. He will heal our land. And we will have a new day."