Republican presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum took a day off from talking politics Wednesday, and instead talked about his faith.
Santorum traveled to McKinney, Texas, located about 40 miles north of Dallas, where he spoke to a chapel filled with about 175 pastors.
The former Pennsylvania senator told them of the role his faith has played in his life and how it continues to guide every decision he makes.
"I have an obligation as a public official to rigorously advance both," Santorum said.
"Your prayers are the reason I am here," he continued. "And I encourage you and your congregations to continue to pray."
At the end of the hour-long event, the pastors gathered around Santorum and prayed blessings over him as he continues his campaign for the Republican nomination.
Pete Briscoe, a pastor at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Dallas, told The New York Times he did not yet know whom he would support, but learned at the event that Santorum "has a heart."
"I believe that everyone has a faith in something, and that dictates how they do things," Briscoe said.