CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two possible Republican presidential candidates are touting the nation's religious heritage as part of a webcast marking the 200th anniversary of the national anthem.

Before Sunday's ceremony that was linked to hundreds of churches, former Gov. Mike Huckabee said the complete lyrics of the Star Spangled Banner declare that God's "providence was at work in the creation of this nation."

Texas Senator Ted Cruz agreed and urged Christians to pray for America and defend their religious liberty.

Neither was ready to announce presidential ambitions prior to the Star Spangled Sunday webcast from First Baptist Church of Charlotte, North Carolina.

But Cruz denounced what he called "the Obama-Clinton foreign policy," and Huckabee said he'll campaign this year to help Republicans take control of the Senate.

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