Thursday, March 26, 2015
Donald Trump in the top tier of GOP presidential candidates? Read on doubters...
A new Suffolk University Poll:
With the Republican Primary in New Hampshire 10 months away, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are the early favorites in the Granite State.
Bush was the first choice of 19 percent, followed by Walker (14 percent), Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (7 percent), and businessman Donald Trump, who was testing the waters in New Hampshire last week, (6 percent). Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who on Sunday night tweeted his intention to run for president, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were tied at 5 percent each, while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson tied with 3 percent. Ten other candidates received less than 2 percent, and 24 percent were undecided.
Donald Trump resonates because, love him or hate him, he tells it like it is. Maybe not how you see the world exactly but he’s not sugarcoating anything.
You see, here’s a newsflash: most politicians are phony. Trump doesn’t do phony. He only knows one way and if you don’t like it well then….you’re fired!
In my one-on-one interview this week with Sen. Ted Cruz, he tells The Brody File that evangelical voters should look to his proven record when distinguishing him from other GOP presidential candidates who will seek after their vote.
"For too long politicians have said one thing and done another. And every one of us should ask, any candidate that shows up in front of us, you say you believe these principles, show me," he said. "When have you stood up and fought for them? When have you bled for them and what have you accomplished? You shall know them by their fruits."
Cruz’s strategy will be to point to a fruit basket full victories that he argued and won in court: include defending the Second Amendment, standing against partial birth or taxpayer funded abortion. One thing he says he won’t do is fling mud against others.
"It’s my intention to run a positive, optimistic, hopeful campaign. There may be other candidates that get down and nasty, who get personal, who go into the gutter and launch attacks but I ain’t going to be one of them and I’m not going to reciprocate."
He also talks about how we (as Christians) should all be "watchmen on the wall." And when asked whether or not he has been put in this position of running for president for such a time as this, he tells me, "I hope and pray that I was."
Don’t discount Ted Cruz. He’s one of the smartest candidates you’ll ever see and he’ll be holding court on the debate stage so he’s a force to be reckoned with. His biggest strength is he can position himself as the anti-establishment candidate but it's also one of his biggest weaknesses because some of those establishment Republicans want to take him down.
Ultimately voters will decide and evangelicals are going to have plenty of options. But one thing is for sure: Cruz will not back down on religious-themed issues and that gives him a nice running start with evangelicals.
Watch the video exchange below along with some other selected quotes from the interview. The TV version of this story will air on The 700 Club Friday morning.
MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE
Sen. Ted Cruz: I have had a calling and passion for politics my while life.
For too long politicians have said one thing and done another. And every one of us should ask, any candidate that shows up in front of us, you say you believe these principles, show me. When have you stood up and fought for them? When have you bled for them and what have you accomplished? You shall know them by their fruits.
It’s my intention to run a positive, optimistic, hopeful campaign. There may be other candidates that get down and nasty, who get personal, who go into the gutter and launch attacks but I ain’t going to be one of them and I’m not going to reciprocate.
This country remains a country I believe grounded in values, grounded in faith but far too many Christians have ceded the public arena to people that aren’t believers.
We are to be watchmen on the wall and I believe that there are pastors, there are leaders in the faith community all across this country who were placed in the positions of leadership that they are in today just like Ester, 'for such a time as this.' That is my hope, that we energize and mobilize courageous conservatives all over this country to pull this country back.
David Brody: Do you believe you were put in this position for such a time as this?
Cruz: I hope and pray that I was and I can tell you I feel privileged at an incredible level to have the opportunity to be in the arena.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Transparency in action? Remember when President Obama said the following line: “This is the most transparent administration in history.”
Ummm… here’s the latest from The Associaed Press:
The Obama administration set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldn't find documents, and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy.
It also acknowledged in nearly 1 in 3 cases that its initial decisions to withhold or censor records were improper under the law - but only when it was challenged.
Its backlog of unanswered requests at year's end grew remarkably by 55 percent to more than 200,000. It also cut by 375, or about 9 percent, the number of full-time employees across government paid to look for records. That was the fewest number of employees working on the issue in five years.
The government's new figures, published Tuesday, covered all requests to 100 federal agencies during fiscal 2014 under the Freedom of Information law, which is heralded globally as a model for transparent government. They showed that despite disappointments and failed promises by the White House to make meaningful improvements in the way it releases records, the law was more popular than ever. Citizens, journalists, businesses and others made a record 714,231 requests for information. The U.S. spent a record $434 million trying to keep up. It also spent about $28 million on lawyers' fees to keep records secret.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Hey Hillary: The war is on and Carly Fiorina is getting ready to get up in your grill.
Forget the "War on Women." We’re getting ready for the "War Between Women."
Hillary vs. Carly for President? Hey, as James Bond would say, "Never say never."
Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, is seriously considering running for president of the United States and she will headline an all-star panel this coming Monday hosted by the influential organization Concerned Women For America.
It’s called "War No More." It’s being billed as an event that provides "an honest dialogue on the worn out mantra of the 'War on Women.'" More info here.
Can't wait to hear her conservative take on women and how Democrats are playing gender politics. Trust me, she'll have some unvarnished advice for Hillary on Monday. Bank on it.
Fiorina has a real chance to be a force in the GOP Primary. She’s smart, articulate, conservative, and will take up unique space as the only woman running among Republicans.
Get ready for the GOP version of, "iCarly." (For those single and over 40 look it up.)
And as for Monday, to quote an old school phrase, "Be there or be square." (For those under 30, look it up!)
Friday, March 06, 2015
Jeb Bush’s soon-to-be presidential campaign is getting a big jolt from an influential evangelical figure.
Jordan Sekulow is joining Team Bush as a senior advisor for Bush’s Right to Rise PAC. Read what he says below:
“Governor Bush knows how to take bold conservative ideas and put them into action. While we must continue to fight the bad policies and unconstitutional overreaches of the current administration, it is time for conservatives to start talking to all Americans about how we, as a nation, can lead again at home and abroad. I am excited to begin a conversation with conservatives about Governor Bush’s pro-life, pro-family, tax-cutting record in Florida and the ideas we need to put into action to give every American a chance to rise up.”
Jordan Sekulow is the executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice. He’s also is host of Jay Sekulow Live!, which is a syndicated radio program where he interviews elected officials and conservative leaders.
Look, Sekulow is a big get for Jeb Bush. It provides him with an important evangelical voice that can help trumpet his conservative credentials within the evangelical community.
He’s super smart so can help not only with strategy but policy, too. Sekulow is well respected in these circles and getting him on board is a sign that Bush is serious about courting the evangelical vote.
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are about to "Meet the Pastors."
The influential David Lane has done it yet again, pulling together a big event in Iowa where the two soon-to-be presidential candidates will speak in front of a couple hundred pastors next week. More below from The Des Moines Register.
White House aspirants Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal, both born-again Christians, will speak to about 200 Iowa pastors and their spouses next week, organizers told The Des Moines Register.
And Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, will accompany evangelical conservative pastors from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada on an all-expenses paid journey to Israel in July, his aides confirmed to the Register Tuesday. Those four states are the big players in the presidential selection process with coveted spots at the front of the nomination voting calendar.
On Monday, Cruzand Jindal will be the keynote guests at a two-day, invitation-only "pastors and pews" event in Des Moines organized by the American Renewal Project, a group that seeks to mobilize Christian conservatives to become influencers in presidential elections and other civic matters and to run for public office themselves.
Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, will give remarks at the event’s lunch session. Monday's dinner session will feature Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, and California-based conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager. Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds keynotes Tuesday's breakfast at the event, which will take place at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines.
Cruz is already scheduled to be in Des Moines this weekend for a big political gathering called the Iowa Agriculture Summit. Jindal won't be at the ag summit, nor was he at Iowa's last GOP two multi-contender forum, the Iowa Freedom Summit. He had already committed to an all-day prayer rally in Louisiana that day in January.
The American Renewal Project, founded by evangelical Christian activist David Lane, has been working in Iowa, South Carolina and other politically influential states for several years. The group pays for hotel and meal expenses for guests invited to the "pastors and pews" events, officially billed as "Rediscovering God in America" pastors policy briefings.
Hey mainstream media: you better pay attention to these events. These spiritual events are authentic as can be and here's some straight talk for the media as well: don't think that Cruz, Jindal, and others do these events for political purposes. They are both authentic Christians who believe every word of what they say when they talk to these pastors. They are NOT ashamed of the Gospel.
Will there be some political benefit? Well, of course but their heart is in the right place. And after all, God looks at the heart.
Gov. Scott Walker just announced his support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit abortions after five months. Here’s what he said:
"As the Wisconsin legislature moves forward in the coming session, further protections for mother and child are likely to come to my desk in the form of a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. I will sign that bill when it gets to my desk and support similar legislation on the federal level. I was raised to believe in the sanctity of life and I will always fight to protect it."
The full letter is here.
Good move by the soon-to-be presidential candidate. He'll be beat up by the liberals on this but he'll wear it as a badge of honor during the GOP Primary season. If he makes it to the General Election, it really won’t hurt him because the science and the facts are on his pro-life side.
Friday, February 27, 2015
This week on The Brody File, we are at home with Rick and Karen Santorum, along with their daughter Bella.
Their 6-year-old shouldn't be alive today, according to the doctors. Instead, she's a miracle from God.
Monday, February 23, 2015
This week The Brody File heads to Capitol Hill where we look at how women lawmakers are making their voices heard like never before.
Plus, Newt Gingrich sounds the alarm on radical Islam.
Finally, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., talks about how Christian lawmakers should act in Congress.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Franklin Graham pretty much summed it up when he posted the following remark on Facebook regarding the 21 Christians who were beheaded by ISIS:
"The militant Islamic terrorist group ISIS has released a video called A MESSAGE SIGNED WITH BLOOD TO THE NATION OF THE CROSS showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped in Libya. Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians? Where is the universal condemnation by Muslim leaders around the world? As we mourn with the families of those 21 martyrs, we’d better take this warning seriously as these acts of terror will only spread throughout Europe and the United States. If this concerns you like it does me, share this. The storm is coming."
The storm is indeed coming.