Monday, September 29, 2014
The Brody File has exclusively obtained brand new radio commercials recorded by possible GOP presidential candidates, urging conservative Christians to get out and vote in the upcoming Midterm Elections. Below you can listen to the spots recorded by Senator Ted Cruz, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Texas Governor Rick Perry.
In one of the radio spots, Senator Ted Cruz tells the Christian audience, “The Bible is full of stories of men and women whose faith in God led them to take action during difficult times, trusting in Him for His glory. Today God’s people are once again being called to action as we seek to restore the values our nation was founded upon and to honor the legacy of those who have given their lives in defense of our freedom.”
He then implores the audience to get out and vote.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says the following in one of his radio spots: “Throughout the Bible, God’s people are driven to action by their faith in difficult times. Today we’re being called to action to restore the values our nation was founded.”
Then, once again there is a call to action to vote.
The radio spots will run nationwide on American Family Radio, the Bott Radio Network and the National Religious Broadcasters Network. That means that these spots will be on close to 300 radio stations across the country in more than 35 states and reaching over nearly 70 million people.
The spots are part of the American Renewal Project’s, “Get Out The Vote” effort. The American Family Association political arm called AFA Action funds it. Part of their stated goal is to, “inform, equip, and activate individuals to strengthen the moral foundations of American culture.” David Lane, the influential evangelical organizer behind this effort also holds his popular, “Pastors and Pews” events around the country in multiple states including the early GOP Primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Those events are geared for pastors to get energized and mobilized so they can get more of their parishioners excited about voting their values.
Listen to Ted Cruz’s radio spots here
Listen to Bobby Jindal’s radio spots here
Listen to Mike Huckabee’s radio spots here
Listen to Rick Perry’s radio spots here
Cruz, Huckabee, Jindal and Perry are making a smart play to record these spots in front of a pro-family conservative Christian audience. The campaigning for president needs to start early and these four are doing exactly that if they decide to run.
Friday, September 26, 2014
In our exclusive Brody File interview room at the Values Voter Summit, Rand Paul reacts to the Obama Administration calling him "the most interesting republican" in 2016. He doesn't disagree with that assessment. He goes on to say republicans need to do more to grow its voter base.
Watch below with partial transcription.
Rand Paul: “I think it is a compliment but I also think republicans need to realize that if we’re going to win national elections again the same old same old that has been losing will not win again.”
Rand Paul: “And I’m spending a lot of time going to areas of big cities where people live in poverty and there is high unemployment and there is this sort of despair and I’m saying you know what? Give republicans another chance
Jeb Bush and Chris Christie were NOT invited to this year’s Values Voter Summit,. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins broke the news to me just a little while ago in The Brody File’s private interview room.
Watch below. Transcript below.
Tony Perkins at FRC: “They were not invited this year because they just weren’t on the top of the list as to what they’re doing right now and whether or not it was relevant to the values voters and who they want to hear from. They shouldn’t take it the wrong way.”
Tony Perkins at FRC: “There are folks that are quite frankly not at the top of the list when it comes to values voters who they want to hear from.”
We should point out that, if they run for president next year then they will be invited.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Brody File heads to the Mexican border this week as we profile U.S. Border Patrol down in Yuma, Arizona. We ride along with agents as they protect America against unlawful intrusions.
Plus, CBN News's Jennifer Wishon reports from Guatemala on families there looking to make the trek to America.
Finally, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee offers his prescription for the immigration problem in the U.S.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
In an exclusive op-ed given to The Brody File, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says President Obama doesn’t care about following the law when it comes to a host of issues, including how Obamacare pays for abortions with taxpayer funded money despite his insistence that it would never happen. “Does the Administration care that they’re not following the law? Not in the slightest,” Jindal states. The op-ed is titled, “Another Broken Promise: Obamacare and Abortion.” You can read it in its entirety below.
From time to time, prominent newsmakers and politicians will send The Brody File exclusive opinion editorials. Clearly Jindal is seriously thinking about running for president and is smart to get out in front of this specific issue. There’s no doubt this will be among the big topics discussed in the 2016 presidential primaries. If he runs, Jindal would enter the race as a strong candidate. Not only is he brilliant (even his critics agree with that one), he has also positioned himself well on Common Core (rejecting it in his state after initially embracing it); he has a strong pro-life record; a compelling life story, a commitment to Jesus Christ where he’s not afraid to talk about it in public and conservative fiscal policies. He really has many cards to play in the presidential primaries. I think Jindal’s main challenge may be stylistic. In other words, while Jindal is very personable in a one-on-one situation, he needs to make sure he doesn’t come across as, “ultra wonky.” He’s so smart that sometimes the facts, figures and theories are coming a mile a minute. He’s going to somehow have to synthesize all the information running around in his smart noggin of his and slowdown in an attempt to balance his intellect with his nice demeanor. Americans want a smart president. But we also want one who we can share a meal with and who doesn’t intimidate us too much.
Another Broken Promise: Obamacare and Abortion by Gov. Bobby Jindal
It was bound to happen. After all the secret deals with special interests and Cornhusker Kickbacks used to pass Obamacare, after the extralegal waivers of Obamacare’s new insurance regulations—a majority of which went to participants in union plans—after the multiple delays of an insurance mandate for big business—but not for individuals—you just knew that Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion lobby would get their political payback for supporting the Democrat machine.
And so it proved. Last week the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report highlighting all the ways in which the Obama Administration violated the law when it comes to federal funding of abortion coverage on Obamacare’s Exchanges. GAO found that over 1,000 insurance plans provide coverage of abortion procedures—and all of these plans are eligible to receive federal subsidies.
To ram Obamacare through Congress in 2010, the Administration claimed federal funds would not subsidize abortion. While the American people disagree on abortion, the vast majority agree that their tax dollars should not pay for it. Bowing to political pressure, the President agreed to legal language requiring insurers offering abortion coverage to submit a separate charge, and collect a separate premium, for those abortion services.
Ostensibly designed to segregate funds for abortion coverage from federal insurance subsidies, pro-life groups rightly denounced this accounting gimmick as a sham designed solely to give Democrats political cover to support the law. But the Administration has failed to enforce even this accounting gimmick, as GAO found numerous violations of the supposed segregation mechanism.
The GAO investigators found several other legal violations in their report. In five states, all Exchange plans covered abortion services—despite a requirement that the law include a multi-state plan, available in every state, that does not cover abortion. And several insurers had violated the legal requirement to inform consumers that their policies include abortion as a covered benefit. These actions have denied millions of Americans the ability to opt-out of plans to which they have strong moral objections.
Does the Administration care that they’re not following the law? Not in the slightest. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Earlier this month, the IRS Commissioner testified before Congress: “Whenever we can, we follow the law.” I’m not making those words up—that’s what he said.
And that sums up this Administration’s attitude in a nutshell—towards the abortion requirements in the law, and all the other provisions of Obamacare it hasn’t enforced. If it’s politically convenient, the Administration will wield the full power of the state against its opponents—witness the IRS’ illegal, partisan persecution of tea party groups and other conservative organizations. But when it comes to abortion, the Administration won’t even try to obey the law, and compel insurance companies to disclose whether their plans cover abortion or not.
Likewise, President Obama hasn’t bound himself to the promises he made when selling the law in the first place. Remember, the President promised in front of Congress that under his plan, “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion”—a promise GAO has now exposed as false. What about “If you like your plan, you can keep it?” PolitiFact called it the “Lie of the Year.” And the infamous promise to lower premiums by $2,500? As an analysis released by America Next earlier this summer revealed, that pledge came up short by a mere $1.2 trillion.
On top of all the broken promises we had seen previously, the GAO report revealing just how taxpayer funds have been used to subsidize plans covering abortion provides that much more evidence why Obamacare must be repealed—every single word. And right after doing that, we need to enact a plan that lowers health costs—what President Obama promised to do in the first place—while protecting the sanctity of human life and the freedom of conscience.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Here's what I know about Kansas: It's the heartland of the country, it's conservative and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz is from there. Oh, and one more thing. The state could really decide who controls the U.S. Senate.
Read below from The New York Times:
The Senate race in Kansas may suddenly be the most crucial contest in the country. Republicans are scrambling to protect a longtime incumbent. Bob Dole is back on the campaign trail. The state’s Democrats have no candidate and are trying to say as little about that as possible. And a 45-year-old investor from suburban Kansas City may hold the key to control of the Senate in January.
At the beginning of the year, no one thought that Kansas — which has sent only Republicans to the Senate since 1938 — would be critical in determining the balance of the Senate. But a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that allowed the Democratic nominee to withdraw his name from the ballot made that prospect real.
Democrats are celebrating the ruling. Their candidate may be off the ballot, but his departure benefits the investor, Greg Orman, who is running as an independent, and hurts the longtime Republican incumbent, Senator Pat Roberts, who had already been tripped up in his expected waltz to re-election.
The Brody File hits the road in Kansas soon. Stay tuned.
Friday, September 19, 2014
This week on The Brody File Show, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., makes a serious push to get possible GOP presidential contenders to support a ban on abortions after 20 weeks.
Also, best-selling author David Limbaugh is here. We take a look at his story of redemption after finding Jesus.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Check out Jennifer Wishon's story on Sen. Rand Paul down in Guatemala. Jenny was on The Brody File show this week.
The Brody File is proud to present a new feature on the show. Check out Matthew Keedy's, "Random Acts Of History."
Some potential GOP presidential candidates are showing their support for a piece of controversial abortion legislation.
The Brody File has obtained letters from many of them backing a bill that would ban abortions in America after 20 weeks.
Watch the television story below. The rest of the online story is below the video.
Pro-lifers say the bill is one of the most important to come along in quite some time. It’s a federal attempt to ban all abortions after 20 weeks, the halfway point of pregnancy.
It’s commonly referred to as the fetal pain bill, because of the prevailing medical opinion that an unborn baby can feel pain by then. Sen. Lindsey Graham is the main sponsor of the bill.
“If you’re telling parents to sing to the baby because they understand your voice, should we really be aborting a child at the stage of the pregnancy?” Graham tells The Brody File. “I don’t want anybody carrying the republican banner that doesn’t get this. If you don’t get this, then you’re the extremist.”
That’s why Graham, along with pro-life groups like the Susan B Anthony List (SBA-List) and National Right to Life are pressuring possible republican presidential contenders to get behind the bill, even though many Democrats and pundits will consider it toxic.
And the response so far?
“Great response,” Graham says. “All the major candidates, I think will be with us. I couldn’t be more pleased.”
In those letters of support, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush calls the bill “humane” and “compassionate.” Mike Huckabee says the effort is “pro-life and pro-woman.” And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal considers it “common sense.”
All told, letters and support came in from Bush, Jindal, Huckabee, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
As for other potential republican candidates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry did sign a similar version of the bill in his state. And Wisconsin congressman and former vice- presidential candidate Paul Ryan supported the version in the House of Representatives. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have both yet to provide letters.
Supporters say a law banning abortion after 20 weeks is long overdue. Currently, the United States is one of only seven countries that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks. The others are North Korea, Canada, China, The Netherlands, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Polling does seem to be on the side of the pro-lifers too: 55 percent of Americans think abortion should be banned after 20 weeks.
And the number is even higher among women: it’s at 60 percent.
SBA-List President Marjorie Dannenfelser tells The Brody File that this bill has momentum.
“This one has caught fire, Dannenfelser says. “This is wildly popular and its wildly popular certainly with pro-life people, of course we want to protect those children but it’s also very popular with democratic women. It’s also popular with young people. It’s very popular with women. That’s called consensus.”
But critics beg to differ, thinking that because Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, this bill won’t hold up constitutionally, arguing that the baby isn’t viable outside the womb until 22 weeks, not 20.
“Roe v Wade says that the government has a compelling interest in protecting the unborn at medical viability," Graham tells The Brody File. “That’s 1973. A lot has changed since 1973.”
But what about the concern that pushing this will give democrats more ammunition to peddle their campaign theme that the republicans are carrying out a war on women? Graham clearly welcomes the challenge. “Bring it on. I want this debate.”
He could get it if Republicans take back the Senate in the upcoming midterm elections. Right now, the Senate Democratic leadership won’t bring the bill up for a vote, even though it’s already passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.
But if Republicans do win the Senate, the debate about what happens to an unborn baby in an abortion could be front and center once again.