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Friday, May 22, 2015

The Brody File Show: Jeb Bush Iowa Style

The Brody File sits down one-on-one with future presidential candidate Jeb Bush in Iowa to talk about the battle over religious freedom.

Plus, we also talk with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., about the GOP's so-called war on women, as well as the 20-week abortion ban recently approved by the House.

Finally, Kirsten Powers talks with us about her new book, The Silencing: How the Left Is Killing Free Speech.

Watch below:

posted @ Friday, May 22, 2015 11:05 AM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ted Cruz To Liberal Reporter: "Do you have a personal animosity against Christians, sir? "

The video below explains perfectly why many evangelicals like Ted Cruz as a presidential candidate. He’s bold and has no problem taking on the liberal media and defending traditional values. Video and transcription below.



Ted Cruz:  “Let me ask a question: Is there something about the left -- and I am going to put the media in this category -- that is obsessed with sex? OK, you can ask those questions over and over and over again. I recognize that you're reading questions from MSNBC, that you're wincing. You don't want to talk about foreign policy. I recognize that you want to ask another question about gay rights.”

Ted Cruz: “ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is executing homosexuals,” and this week was a very bad time for gay rights due to “the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals.” “That ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic. Do you have a personal animosity against Christians, sir? Your line of questioning is highly curious. You seem fixated on a particular subject. Look, I’m a Christian. Scripture commands us to love everybody, and what I have been talking about, with respect to same-sex marriage, is the Constitution, which is what we should all be focused on..”


Boom. Drop the mic. Ted Cruz is out.

posted @ Thursday, May 21, 2015 11:08 AM | Feedback (1)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Donald Trump Says He Will Compete in Iowa Straw Poll if He Runs for President

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Donald Trump says he’ll compete in the Iowa Straw poll if he decides to run for president.

“I would do that. Absolutely. I believe the straw poll. I think the straw poll is a terrific thing. It’s an institution in Iowa. All over the world, people are waiting for the Iowa straw poll. So I assume they’re going to have it and we would certainly participate," he said.

Watch below with full transcription.

MANDATORY COURTESY; CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE

David Brody: If you do decide to run and you compete here in Iowa, an Iowa straw poll, would that be something in your future potentially?

Donald Trump: I would do that. Absolutely. I believe the straw poll. I think the straw poll is a terrific thing. It's an institution in Iowa. All over the world, people are waiting for the Iowa straw poll. So I assume they're going to have it and we would certainly participate.

Brody: Let me ask you real quick about your team on the ground in Iowa because you have specifically hired some top notch folks here. What kind of statement is that making to folks?

Trump: With Chuck Laudner and all the people that we have. You know Corey. We have incredible people. Those people are going to do great things. We'll see. I don't know what it means. It means I still have to have the right message no matter how good they are. But we have a great team of people. They are hardworking. They believe in my message.

And my message is 'Make America Great Again.' We have to make America rich again and make America great again. You can't do it without making it rich and right now China is taking all of our money. And many other countries, Mexico, Japan, many other countries are taking our money.

Saudi Arabia, they make a billion dollars a day and they don't pay us anything for protection. They don't pay us anything. They would if we had the right message. When we have a meeting, last week the president had a meeting, they won't even show up to the meeting. They tell him 'We're not coming,' or 'We’re not having the king.' Give me a break. We'll make our country great again.

Brody File Analysis:

Hey look, you may not think of Donald Trump and evangelicals as being the perfect fit but that would be a lazy misread of the situation. I’m not saying Trump is a hit with all evangelicals. I know his egotism can rub some the wrong way. But let me clue you in to a little secret: Trump's ability to cut through the clutter and paint the world in “absolutes” attracts quite a few evangelical voters.

Remember, evangelicals hold true to their “biblical absolutes” so to see a person like Trump let it rip and tell it like it is becomes a somewhat endearing quality to some evangelicals. Trump takes hits for his boldness and evangelicals take hits from society for their biblical boldness too.

See the parallel? Those who think Trump would just be a presidential sideshow may want to think again if he jumps in. Let’s be honest: he has a huge megaphone and so he’s going to make news wherever he goes. Trump’s challenge (if he gets in) will be to lay out a cohesive message that becomes less about him and his personality and more about the voters he's looking to attract.

I think a "Donald Trump Listening Tour Across America" would be in order. This way Trump makes voters the priority. It would throw the media off their tired narrative and give Trump the upper hand. Having the upper hand is always good in business negotiations and, to coin a phrase, it can also be the “art of the deal’ in politics too.

posted @ Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:14 PM | Feedback (1)

Donald Trump's Presidential Promise to America: 'We’re going to become rich again'

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Donald Trump says if he’s president of the United States he wouldn't cut social security, Medicaid or Medicare and says under his leadership America will "become rich again."

Watch below with a transcription.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE

Donald Trump: You know this better than anybody. I get the biggest standing ovations. Last week in South Carolina, on Saturday, I get by far the biggest crowds and standing ovations than anybody. I don't think it's because they like me. They like what I am saying. They like my message.

Nobody is going to mess with this country. We're going to become rich again and were going to become great again. I'm not going to cut social security like every other Republican. I'm not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid. Every other Republican is going to cut. Even if they wouldn't they don't know what to do because they don't know where they money is. I do. I do.

Brody File Analysis:

Hey look, you may not think of Donald Trump and evangelicals as being the perfect fit but that would be a lazy misread of the situation. I’m not saying Trump is a hit with all evangelicals. I know his egotism can rub some the wrong way. But let me clue you in to a little secret: Trump's ability to cut through the clutter and paint the world in “absolutes” attracts quite a few evangelical voters.

Remember, evangelicals hold true to their “biblical absolutes” so to see a person like Trump let it rip and tell it like it is becomes a somewhat endearing quality to some evangelicals. Trump takes hits for his boldness and evangelicals take hits from society for their biblical boldness too.

See the parallel? Those who think Trump would just be a presidential sideshow may want to think again if he jumps in. Let’s be honest: he has a huge megaphone and so he’s going to make news wherever he goes. Trump’s challenge (if he gets in) will be to lay out a cohesive message that becomes less about him and his personality and more about the voters he's looking to attract.

I think a "Donald Trump Listening Tour Across America" would be in order. This way Trump makes voters the priority. It would throw the media off their tired narrative and give Trump the upper hand. Having the upper hand is always good in business negotiations and, to coin a phrase, it can also be the “art of the deal’ in politics too.

posted @ Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:05 PM | Feedback (0)

Exclusive: Donald Trump on Southern Border: 'Nobody can build a fence like me'

In an exclusive interview, Donald Trump says he would build a top notch fence along the southern border and have Mexico pay for it.

“Nobody can build a fence like me,” Trump tells The Brody File. “I would build a wall like nobody can build a wall. And nobody comes in illegally anymore…I build great buildings all over the world. I would have Mexico pay for it. Believe me. They will pay for it because they have really ripped this country off,” he said.

Watch below with a transcription.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE

Donald Trump: Now the southern border everybody comes in. You just walk by. So we are taking hundreds of thousands of people. Some good people and some rapists and some killers and drug lords and everyone else and they are flowing through the southern border. I would build a wall like nobody can build a wall. And nobody comes in illegally anymore.

David Brody: You scratch your head about this fence. Everybody talks ‘build a fence, build a fence,’ and nothing getting done.

Trump: Nobody can build a fence like me, David. You know that. I build great buildings all over the world. I would have Mexico pay for it. Believe me. They will pay for it because they have really ripped this country off. They have really taken advantage of us both economically and at the border. They will pay for that fence.

Brody File Analysis:

Hey look, you may not think of Donald Trump and evangelicals as being the perfect fit but that would be a lazy misread of the situation. I’m not saying Trump is a hit with all evangelicals. I know his egotism can rub some the wrong way. But let me clue you in to a little secret: Trump's ability to cut through the clutter and paint the world in “absolutes” attracts quite a few evangelical voters.

Remember, evangelicals hold true to their “biblical absolutes” so to see a person like Trump let it rip and tell it like it is becomes a somewhat endearing quality to some evangelicals. Trump takes hits for his boldness and evangelicals take hits from society for their biblical boldness too.

See the parallel? Those who think Trump would just be a presidential sideshow may want to think again if he jumps in. Let’s be honest: he has a huge megaphone and so he’s going to make news wherever he goes. Trump’s challenge (if he gets in) will be to lay out a cohesive message that becomes less about him and his personality and more about the voters he's looking to attract.

I think a "Donald Trump Listening Tour Across America" would be in order. This way Trump makes voters the priority. It would throw the media off their tired narrative and give Trump the upper hand. Having the upper hand is always good in business negotiations and, to coin a phrase, it can also be the “art of the deal’ in politics too.

posted @ Wednesday, May 20, 2015 11:45 AM | Feedback (0)

Donald Trump Tells Brody File: As President 'I will be the greatest representative of the Christians they’ve had in a long time'

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Donald Trump says that if he runs for president of the United States, he will be the “greatest representative of the Christians they’ve had in a long time.”

He says he’s outraged over the fact that many Christians are stuck in Syria and Iraq even though they want to come to the United States.

Trump sat down with The Brody File in Iowa this past weekend. Watch the clip below along with a transcription.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/ THE BRODY FILE

David Brody: Conservative Christians are concerned about the deterioration of this culture. They are concerned about the marriage issue. What is your message to them on religious liberty and on religious freedom? What are your thoughts about that? What is your message to them specifically?

Donald Trump: Well, it’s a very big message. As you know, I am Protestant. I am Presbyterian. Most people don’t know that. They have no idea. I’m proud of it. I’m very proud of it.

One of the things I learned this weekend being in Iowa, I met with a lot of national security experts and everything else, that if you're a Christian living in Syria you can't come into this country. Yet, if you are a Muslim living in Syria, who are not under attack, they can come in.

But we have Christians being beheaded all over the world by ISIS. In Syria and in Iraq, in particular, those Christians can't come into this country.

You say what you want but this is really something. That's a lack of respect for us. If you're a Muslim, you can come into the country very easy. If you're from Europe and you're a Muslim, you can come in. But if you are from Europe and you're a Christian you can't come in…meaning it's almost impossible.

So you tell me about religious liberty and freedom. The Christians are being treated horribly because we have nobody to represent the Christians. Believe me, if I run and I win, I will be the greatest representative of the Christians they've had in a long time.

If you’re wondering what Trump is referring to above, read these articles here and here to get up to speed on his thinking.

Brody File Analysis:

Hey look, you may not think of Donald Trump and evangelicals as being the perfect fit but that would be a lazy misread of the situation. I’m not saying Trump is a hit with all evangelicals. I know his egotism can rub some the wrong way. But let me clue you in to a little secret: Trump's ability to cut through the clutter and paint the world in “absolutes” attracts quite a few evangelical voters.

Remember, evangelicals hold true to their “biblical absolutes” so to see a person like Trump let it rip and tell it like it is becomes a somewhat endearing quality to some evangelicals. Trump takes hits for his boldness and evangelicals take hits from society for their biblical boldness too.

See the parallel? Those who think Trump would just be a presidential sideshow may want to think again if he jumps in. Let’s be honest: he has a huge megaphone and so he’s going to make news wherever he goes. Trump’s challenge (if he gets in) will be to lay out a cohesive message that becomes less about him and his personality and more about the voters he's looking to attract.

I think a "Donald Trump Listening Tour Across America" would be in order. This way Trump makes voters the priority. It would throw the media off their tired narrative and give Trump the upper hand. Having the upper hand is always good in business negotiations and, to coin a phrase, it can also be the “art of the deal’ in politics too.

posted @ Wednesday, May 20, 2015 9:42 AM | Feedback (0)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Jeb Bush Tells Brody File: Christian Business Owners Shouldn't Have to Provide Services for Gay Weddings

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File, Jeb Bush says Christian business owners should be able to deny services to same-sex couples based on their religious beliefs. Bush makes the distinction between a Christian business owner being forced to provide a service rather than just selling a gay customer a product.

"A big country, a tolerant country ought to be able to figure out the difference between discriminating someone because of their sexual orientation and not forcing someone to participate in a wedding that they find goes against their moral beliefs," Bush tells The Brody File. "We should be able to figure this out. This should not be that complicated gosh it is right now."

The Brody File interviewed Jeb Bush Saturday morning in Dubuque, Iowa.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE

David Brody: This is more about the vendor issue as it relates to do they want to provide a service for same-sex weddings. Are you okay if they don't provide those types of services? Is that okay?

Jeb Bush: Yes, absolutely if it's based on a religious belief.

A big country, a tolerant country ought to be able to figure out the difference between discriminating someone because of their sexual orientation and not forcing someone to participate in a wedding that they find goes against their moral beliefs. We should be able to figure this out. This should not be that complicated gosh it is right now.

Brody File Analysis:

Look folks, let’s be clear about something here: Jeb Bush is a thinker/public policy wonk. He isn’t going to be the fire and brimstone candidate that goes for the applause lines or starts talking about Jesus at campaign events. That’s not him. If he started doing that he wouldn’t be authentic.

From my interactions and conversations with him, I see him as a dedicated Catholic who believes (correctly) that his faith requires compassion for all people. His challenge will be to convince socially conservative GOP Primary voters that his compassion doesn’t necessarily translate into capitulation, weakness, and a label as the “squishy moderate.”

He has to be careful that voters don’t see him as a candidate that gives ground on traditional marriage, religious liberty, etc.

It’s interesting because the reality is that Jeb Bush’s record as Florida governor reads like a social conservative’s dream scorecard. He championed pro-life causes like a late-term abortion ban, parental notification laws, and fought against those who wanted to pull the plug on brain-damaged heroine Terri Schiavo.

He also championed school choice and tried to protect prayers at public school events. It’s that Jeb Bush that social conservative voters want to see emerge in 2016. They want to see the Jeb Bush that was on display as governor of Florida.

What they don’t want is another politician (Bush or anyone) who is more consultant-driven than principle-driven.

posted @ Sunday, May 17, 2015 2:42 PM | Feedback (2)

Video: Jeb Bush to Brody File: We Need Another Spiritual Awakening

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File, Jeb Bush says a new spiritual awakening is needed in America because of our morally deteriorating culture.

"I don’t think we can impose a spiritual awakening from Washington, D.C., by passing a law," Bush tells The Brody File. "I don’t think that's going to happen but we have the crumbling of our moral foundation in our country that is quite disturbing."

Bush says the Second Great Awakening in the early 19th century lead to so many positive results.

"There was a spark by Presbyterian ministers in Western New York that created a wildfire that truly created an awakening that brought us the abolition movement, the suffrage movement, the women's suffrage movement, the prohibition of alcohol, all of that started in the 1820s and 30s and it was clearly not a government deal. It was a spiritual awakening."

The Brody File interviewed Jeb Bush Saturday morning in Dubuque, Iowa.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE

David Brody: When I talk to pastors all across the country, at least in evangelical world they talk about how this country needs a spiritual awakening. Do you believe something like that?

Jeb Bush: I do. I do. In fact, I've read about it because it's of concern. I don't think we can impose a spiritual awakening from Washington, D.C., by passing a law. I don't think that's going to happen but we have the crumbling of our moral foundation in our country that is quite disturbing.

If you read our history there have been times where there have been awakenings. The Great Awakening in the 19th century where this massive move westward created real dislocation in family life, communities were kind of torn us under, there was a lot of drunkenness and infidelity. Whatever happened there there was a spark by Presbyterian ministers in Western New York that created a wildfire that truly created an awakening that brought us the abolition movement, the suffrage movement, the women’s suffrage movement, the prohibition of alcohol. All of that started in the 1820 and 30s and it was clearly not a government deal. It was a spiritual awakening.

I don’t know what the catalyst of that is but I think for our country and for the future of our children and grandchildren it would be worth having.

Brody File Analysis:

Look folks, let’s be clear about something here: Jeb Bush is a thinker/public policy wonk. He isn’t going to be the fire and brimstone candidate that goes for the applause lines or starts talking about Jesus at campaign events. That’s not him. If he started doing that he wouldn’t be authentic.

From my interactions and conversations with him, I see him as a dedicated Catholic who believes (correctly) that his faith requires compassion for all people. His challenge will be to convince socially conservative GOP Primary voters that his compassion doesn’t necessarily translate into capitulation, weakness, and a label as the “squishy moderate.”

He has to be careful that voters don’t see him as a candidate that gives ground on traditional marriage, religious liberty, etc.

It’s interesting because the reality is that Jeb Bush’s record as Florida governor reads like a social conservative’s dream scorecard. He championed pro-life causes like a late-term abortion ban, parental notification laws, and fought against those who wanted to pull the plug on brain-damaged heroine Terri Schiavo.

He also championed school choice and tried to protect prayers at public school events. It’s that Jeb Bush that social conservative voters want to see emerge in 2016. They want to see the Jeb Bush that was on display as governor of Florida.

What they don’t want is another politician (Bush or anyone) who is more consultant-driven than principle-driven.

posted @ Sunday, May 17, 2015 2:06 PM | Feedback (1)

Brody File Video Exclusive: Jeb Bush Says He's Going to Be Serious Player in Iowa

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File, Jeb Bush says he plans to be a serious player in Iowa when he becomes an official candidate for president of the United States. Bush’s team recently said he would not compete in the traditional Ames, Iowa Straw Poll this summer.

"Look, I'm a really competitive guy to begin with," Bush tells The Brody File. "It's hard for me to imagine that I'm going to plan for fifth place. I mean, that's not going to happen. We're going to work hard here. I'm not going to participate in straw polls anywhere. That's a distraction to be honest with you"

Currently, Bush is polling in the single digits in Iowa but it’s early in the process. The Brody File interviewed Jeb Bush Saturday morning in Dubuque, Iowa.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE

David Brody: Are you going to be a serious player in Iowa? What’s the sense?

Jeb Bush: Absolutely. Look, I'm a really competitive guy to begin with. It’' hard for me to imagine that I'm going to plan for fifth place. I mean, that's not going to happen. We're going to work hard here. I'm not going to participate in straw polls anywhere. That's a distraction to be honest with you.

Brody File Analysis:

Look folks, let’s be clear about something here: Jeb Bush is a thinker/public policy wonk. He isn’t going to be the fire and brimstone candidate that goes for the applause lines or starts talking about Jesus at campaign events. That’s not him. If he started doing that he wouldn’t be authentic.

From my interactions and conversations with him, I see him as a dedicated Catholic who believes (correctly) that his faith requires compassion for all people. His challenge will be to convince socially conservative GOP Primary voters that his compassion doesn’t necessarily translate into capitulation, weakness, and a label as the “squishy moderate.”

He has to be careful that voters don’t see him as a candidate that gives ground on traditional marriage, religious liberty, etc.

It’s interesting because the reality is that Jeb Bush’s record as Florida governor reads like a social conservative’s dream scorecard. He championed pro-life causes like a late-term abortion ban, parental notification laws, and fought against those who wanted to pull the plug on brain-damaged heroine Terri Schiavo.

He also championed school choice and tried to protect prayers at public school events. It’s that Jeb Bush that social conservative voters want to see emerge in 2016. They want to see the Jeb Bush that was on display as governor of Florida.

What they don’t want is another politician (Bush or anyone) who is more consultant-driven than principle-driven.

posted @ Sunday, May 17, 2015 1:30 PM | Feedback (1)

Exclusive: Jeb Bush to Brody File: There Is No Constitutional Right to Gay Marriage

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File, Jeb Bush says there is not a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court will be deciding that issue next month. Watch him talk about the issue below.

In addition, Bush calls traditional marriage a “sacrament” and says, “We need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.”

The Brody File interviewed Jeb Bush Saturday morning in Dubuque, Iowa. Watch below along with a partial transcription.

Also read The Brody File analysis below.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE

David Brody: Conservative Christians are real concerned about the culture nowadays, especially on the marriage issue. They want a candidate that is going to fight on this issue. Are you their guy? Because they are concerned about the marriage issue...

Jeb Bush: Well, I’m concerned about it as well. I think traditional marriage is a sacrament. It’s talking about being formed by one’s faith, it’s at the core of the Catholic faith and to imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, committed child-centered family system is hard to imagine.

So, irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling because they are going to decide whatever they decide, I don’t know what they are going to do, we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.

We have to restore committed, loving family life with a mom and dad loving their children with their heart and soul.

Brody: Do you believe there should be a constitutional right to same-sex marriage? Because that’s the argument in front of the Supreme Court...

Bush: I don’t but I’m not a lawyer and clearly this has been accelerated at a warp pace. What’s interesting is four years ago Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had the same view that I just expressed to you. It’s thousands of years of culture and history is just being changed at warp speed. It’s hard to fathom why it is this way.

Brody File Analysis:

Look folks, let’s be clear about something here: Jeb Bush is a thinker/public policy wonk. He isn’t going to be the fire and brimstone candidate that goes for the applause lines or starts talking about Jesus at campaign events. That’s not him. If he started doing that he wouldn’t be authentic.

From my interactions and conversations with him, I see him as a dedicated Catholic who believes (correctly) that his faith requires compassion for all people. His challenge will be to convince socially conservative GOP Primary voters that his compassion doesn’t necessarily translate into capitulation, weakness, and a label as the “squishy moderate.”

He has to be careful that voters don’t see him as a candidate that gives ground on traditional marriage, religious liberty, etc.

It’s interesting because the reality is that Jeb Bush’s record as Florida governor reads like a social conservative’s dream scorecard. He championed pro-life causes like a late-term abortion ban, parental notification laws, and fought against those who wanted to pull the plug on brain-damaged heroine Terri Schiavo.

He also championed school choice and tried to protect prayers at public school events. It’s that Jeb Bush that social conservative voters want to see emerge in 2016. They want to see the Jeb Bush that was on display as governor of Florida.

What they don’t want is another politician (Bush or anyone) who is more consultant-driven than principle-driven.

posted @ Sunday, May 17, 2015 11:59 AM | Feedback (1)