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Friday, August 15, 2014

The Brody File Show: Where Have All the Evangelical Voters Gone?

This week's Brody File Show looks at the critical problem of evangelical voting patterns.

Born-Again believers are just not showing up at the polls. What is the impact on our American culture? What is the impact on the GOP?

Also, we go one-on-one with Chad Connelly, the man the Republican Party is bringing in to help get out the faith-based vote.

posted @ Friday, August 15, 2014 12:29 PM | Feedback (0)

Only On Brody File: GOP Faith Outreach Director on Republican Party: "This is the place where God’s got a home"

Here’s a question for you: Where have all the evangelical voters gone? Have they been raptured? No, actually millions are sitting on the couch simply not voting (Maybe they’re watching Fireproof!). This week on The Brody File Show we look at the critical problem of evangelical voting patterns. Born-Again Believers are just not showing up at the polls. What is the impact on our American culture? What is the impact on the GOP? We go one-on-one with Chad Connelly, the man the Republican Party is bringing in to help get out the faith-based vote. Watch below and see a very small partial transcript below. Watch the whole interview for much more along with a Brody File commentary.



Chad Connelly/RNC Director of Faith Engagement (4:40 into the clip): “The Republican Party is the natural home for people of faith. One of my most proud moments of chairman was getting to put in the most pro-faith, pro-family best platform ever put in Republican Party or political party history down in Tampa in 2012. We have nothing to be ashamed of. This is the place where God’s got a home. We watched the other party boo God out of their convention pretty much. You’re never going to make everybody agree. I got a wife and four kids. I can’t get them to agree on a whopper and a big mac.”

Chad Connelly/RNC Director of Faith Engagement (3:00 minutes into the clip): “I really think the left and particularly the media has been really good at saying, ‘you Christians, boy y’all do evangelizing and missions and my kids love that vacation bible school but you shouldn’t be involved in politics or education. That would be a violation of separation of church and state.’ and we give our meek turn the other cheek Jesus and we’re good at it.”

posted @ Friday, August 15, 2014 9:04 AM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Brody File Video Exclusive: GOP Majority Leader Talks House Of Cards: "I got no royalties!

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy jokes about how actor Kevin Spacey is using a line of his in the popular Netflix drama, “House of Cards.”  McCarthy tells members to, “vote your conscience, vote your district, just don’t surprise me.” Well, Spacey know uses that line on the political television drama. We talked about that during a visit with him in his home district of Bakersfield, California. McCarthy wants royalties (well, maybe not)!
 
Watch the video below and see a transcript below. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/ THE BRODY FILE
 

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy: “What I’ve always told the members when being a whip is you vote your conscience, you vote your district, just don’t surprise me. I just want to know what’s going to happen. Just tell me what position you’re at but vote your district, vote your conscience because that’s what we all say and what is our bond when we run. This is our philosophy, this is our principle, you are the individuals that I represent and you’re the voice I want to have heard.”
 
David Brody: “And how dare Kevin Spacey steal that line!”
 
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy: “And I got no royalties!”
 
David Brody: “That’s right. Are you going to take him to court or something? You’ve got to do something but what has that relationship with Kevin Spacey been like. I know you’re not Kevin Spacey. I know. He’s ruthless.”
 
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy: “He does that show on Netflix and I don’t agree with everything on the show but he wanted to see me and I didn’t think it would be smart to see him. You know it’s not going to play well but then I heard he played a democrat so that was ok. The thing I enjoy about Kevin Spacey is he does what he loves. I think if Kevin Spacey only made $100 dollars a week acting he’d still act. I respect anyone who has passion for what they believe in and he came in and asked me about being whip. Everybody has this belief that you really twist arms and others and I said well, I always tell members vote your conscience, vote your district, don’t surprise me. I never knew later, six months later it would end up in a show but it has.”

The Brody File is working on a national profile of the Majority Leader that will air on The 700 Club in early September. What you saw above was just a sneak peak. Besides the interview with McCarthy, we also speak to his wife Judy about her faith and today’s culture. Hope you’ll tune in.

posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:32 PM | Feedback (0)

Video Exclusive: GOP House Majority Leader Tells Brody File Tea Party Won't Be Shut Out

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Kevin McCarthy tells CBN News that he doesn’t plan to shut out the Tea Party or any other GOP faction in his new role as House Majority Leader.

“I like the philosophy that you can have a difference of opinion but we’re not going to shut you out because the individual matters and I want to hear your opinion," McCarthy tells The Brody File during a visit we had with him in his home district of Bakersfield, California.

Watch the video below and see a transcript below. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/ THE BRODY FILE

David Brody: I know relationships are extremely important and human interaction but at the same time people have certain views and they have to represent their districts in certain areas.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy: The great thing about what drives me in being a Republican, and my family are all Democrats but I was a Republican, I like the philosophy that you can have a difference of opinion but we’re not going to shut you out because the individual matters and I want to hear your opinion.

Now, when it comes to being the majority leader, I have this little saying I keep on my desk in my drawer: 'you have to have the courage to lead but you have to have the wisdom to listen.' So the key thing is I like to go out and listen. But at the end of the day you have to lead so you listen to everybody’s opinion but when you hear everyone lots of times everybody has the same desire to end up in the same place they just have a different route they want to get to.

So how can you help everybody get to the same route to get us eventually to the same location? And sometimes it’s not fast enough. It’s definitely not fast enough at times for me but as long as that compass is pointed in the right direction and its moving forward, I mean, you look at Ronald Reagan, that’s the goal of what we would have but you don’t give up. You come back the next day for what you couldn’t get the day before.

The Brody File is working on a national profile of the Majority Leader that will air on The 700 Club in early September. What you saw above was just a sneak peak.

Besides the interview with McCarthy, we also speak to his wife Judy about her faith and today’s culture. Hope you’ll tune in.

posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2014 4:44 PM | Feedback (0)

Brody File Video Exclusive: Kevin McCarthy Says Impeaching President Obama Is Off The Table

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy tells CBN News that any potential attempt to impeach President Obama should be taken off the table.

“"Oh yes,” McCarthy tells me during a visit with him in his home district of Bakersfield, California. “When people ask me that, I say, ‘Have you met Joe Biden?’”

Instead of impeachment, McCarthy supports Speaker John Boehner’s constitutional overreach lawsuit against the president.

Watch the clip below along with a full transcription. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE

David Brody: The impeachment word has been bandied about. Do you think that is frivolous and should be taken off the table? Right now. Right here?"

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy: Oh yes. When people ask me that, I say ‘have you met Joe Biden? But seriously…

David Brody: Hey, this is standup comedy.

McCarthy: The only one talking about that are democrats and they’re doing it because they want to make it political. If you really look at what we're talking about, we're talking about bringing back the three co-equal branches. It's not a lawsuit about an individual. It's about an administration.

The Brody File is working on a national profile of the Majority Leader that will air on The 700 Club in early September. What you saw above was just a sneak peak.

Besides the interview with McCarthy, we also speak to his wife Judy, a woman who gives new meaning to the expression, “marrying up.”

We talk faith and politics with both of them. Hope you’ll tune in.

posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:26 PM | Feedback (10)

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Brody File Show: Firing Back

This week on The Brody File,   we spoke with former congressman Todd Akin. He's firing back at his critics after conservatives turned on him during his failed 2012 Senate race.

Also, Israel and Hamas are firing back at each other. We get the lowdown from CBN Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck.

Finally,  Hillary Clinton supporters fire back at her opponents.  One of her top strategists attempts to set the record straight.

posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 2:35 PM | Feedback (1)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Washington Post Blasts Hamas

I know it may seem shocking to you but The Washington Post’s editorial board blasted Hamas for their “tunnel vision.”

Read below. It’s refreshing to see The Washington Post “intellectuals” understanding the real problem.

Washington Post Editorial

THE DISTINGUISHING feature of the latest war between Israel and Hamas is “offensive tunnels,” as the Israeli army calls them. As of early Wednesday, 28 had been uncovered in Gaza, and nearly half extend into Israel, according to Israeli officials. The tunnels are the reason that the government of Benjamin Netanyahu decided last weekend to launch a ground invasion of Gaza, and they explain why that operation has strong support from Israelis in spite of the relatively heavy casualties it has inflicted. Most significantly, the tunnels show why it has been difficult to reach a cease-fire and why any accord must forge a new political and security order in Gaza.

Hamas’s offensive tunnels should not be confused with the burrows it has dug under Gaza’s border with Egypt to smuggle money, consumer goods and military equipment. The newly discovered structures have only one conceivable purpose: to launch attacks inside Israel. Three times in recent days, Hamas fighters emerged from the tunnels in the vicinity of Israeli civilian communities, which they clearly aimed to attack. The concrete-lined structures are stocked with materials, such as handcuffs and tranquilizers, that could be used on hostages. Other tunnels in northern Gaza are designed for the storage and firing of missiles at Israeli cities.

The resources devoted by Hamas to this project are staggering, particularly in view of Gaza’s extreme poverty. By one Israeli account, the typical tunnel cost $1 million to build over the course of several years, using tons of concrete desperately needed for civilian housing. By design, many of the tunnels have entrances in the heavily populated Shijaiyah district, where the Israeli offensive has been concentrated. One was found underneath al-Wafa hospital, where Hamas also located a command post and stored weapons, according to Israeli officials.

The depravity of Hamas’s strategy seems lost on much of the outside world, which — following the terrorists’ script — blames Israel for the civilian casualties it inflicts while attempting to destroy the tunnels. While children die in strikes against the military infrastructure that Hamas’s leaders deliberately placed in and among homes, those leaders remain safe in their own tunnels. There they continue to reject cease-fire proposals, instead outlining a long list of unacceptable demands.

One of those demands is for a full reopening of Gaza’s land and sea borders. While this would allow relief and economic development for the territory’s population, it would also allow Hamas to import more missiles and concrete for new tunnels. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, the Egyptian government and other would-be brokers are right to seek a cease-fire, but they should reject Hamas’s agenda.

Instead, any political accord should come after a cease-fire and be negotiated with the Palestinian leadership of Mahmoud Abbas. It should link opening of the borders and other economic concessions to the return to Gaza of the security forces of the Palestinian Authority, the disarmament of Hamas and elections for a new government.

In setting such conditions, international mediators will likely have the quiet support of most of Gaza’s population. Polls show that they are fed up with Hamas’s rule and with its use of women and children as cannon fodder in unwinnable wars with Israel. The next government of Gaza should be one that invests in schools, health clinics and houses, not in tunnels.

posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 6:07 AM | Feedback (1)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Video: Marco Rubio Stands Up For Traditional Marriage: Calls Gay Americans Out For Their Hypocrisy

Sen. Marco Rubio didn’t hold back today at Catholic University when talking about traditional American values.

Instead of shying away from the now controversial topic of marriage (ridiculous), Rubio had the following stern rebuke for homosexuals who seem to think anyone who is against gay marriage is a bigot.

Sen.Marco Rubio: This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy. Supporting the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay. It is pro-traditional marriage. And if support for traditional marriage is bigotry then Barack Obama was a bigot until just before the 2012 election.

He just summarized what millions of evangelicals think on a daily basis. That’s called a homerun with the base.

Watch below at the 17:45 mark.

The Brody File says well done. Marco Rubio was bold enough to speak up on traditional marriage in a day and age when doing so can be hazardous to your political health. His speech today at Catholic University, where he talked about traditional values being the fabric of American society was eloquent and strong.

It had the right mix of compassion, individual liberty, patriotism, and limited government assistance. It put on display why he’s one of the best communicators in the Republican Party and why he would be formidable in a 2016 presidential election race.

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:55 PM | Feedback (1)

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Brody File Show: The Immigration Reformation

This week on the Brody File we take a look at the political sparring over immigration reform as thousands of undocumented minors enter the United States.

We also explore the different ways evangelical Christians are responding to the border crisis.

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 2:29 PM | Feedback (1)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Brody File Exclusive: Todd Akin Says 'Legitimate Rape' Comment Became A Spiritual Warfare Moment

Todd Akin, the former Congressman who angered the Republican establishment when he uttered the words, “legitimate rape” during his campaign for the Senate two years ago, tells The Brody File that during that time he felt a spiritual warfare battle going on saying, “I was protected but it seemed like there was this intense war between good and evil.”

Watch below and read the partial transcription below the video.

Todd Akin: I felt sort of peaceful, as though I was in a parachute. I sort of felt that on each side of me were these towering cumulus clouds. On the one side lightning and thunder of evil and the other side brilliant light of good and I sort of felt like I was literally on the front lines and evil and good were going at it all around me and I’m thinking, ‘how did I get here so fast? If you want a mental picture, sometimes you just have to think of a bizarre picture but that’s what it felt like. It was sort of I felt a sense of peace like I was protected but it seemed like there was this intense war between good and evil…

Akin stopped by our studios this afternoon to promote his new book out this week called, Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom.

More from the interview on our next Brody File show.

posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 3:53 PM | Feedback (3)