Christian Leader Launches Nationwide Religious, Political Crusade in Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- One of the most well-known Christian leaders is on a nationwide political and religious crusade, and it took him through Iowa on Tuesday.

Franklin Graham is trying to encourage Christians to become more involved in picking a president.

Graham wanted people to know that he's not telling them which candidate to choose, but rather to let faith guide them in choosing the right Christian candidate and reach out to other believers who haven't believed in getting involved in politics.

The front steps of the Iowa Capitol filled quickly, and several thousand people formed their own mobile megachurch.

“Our job as Christians is to make the impact of Christ felt in every phase of life: religion, social, economic and political,” Graham said.

Polls show 40-60 percent of Republicans who caucus consider themselves Evangelical Christians. Graham is focusing on the ones who don't turn out.

“A lot of people say my vote doesn't count... really? It is estimated in the last election, 20 to 30 million Evangelical Christians did not vote. They stayed home,” Graham said.

He said too many people, like the Christians gathered around him Tuesday, don’t vote. He said that's left the country with same-sex marriage, abortion and too much sex and violence in entertainment.

Frank Hartzler, of Des Moines, went to the Statehouse on Tuesday to listen to Graham.

“I agree 100 percent. Our nation is in trouble,” Hartzler said.

Hartzler also said that he votes and will encourage those who don’t to turn out on Election Day.

Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses prompted Graham to choose Iowa to launch what he's calls his Decision America tour. He's planning on touring to all 50 states to reawaken Christians in becoming a greater part of the political process.

Graham did not endorse any specific candidate.

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