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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Carly Fiorina To Brody File: The Haters Will Hate

In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File, GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says her calm, reasonable approach will serve her well during her presidential run. And yes, she’s ready for the “haters.” “Nothing is like running for president but I think I’m ready for that. I also know that the vast majority of people out there are not haters. There are haters and they are usually high volume talkers. But most people aren’t.”

This interview with Carly Fiorina was done in our DC studios a couple weeks ago. Watch below along with a transcription.

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David Brody, “Every time I talk to you and every time I watch you in public it’s calm, it’s cool, it’s collected, it’s Carly. What is it about your persona that keeps you here because I see Ted Cruz and some others ‘fire and brimstone’. What’s going on? What’s happening there?”
 
Carly Fiorina: “I don’t think volume is the same as passion or conviction. You know when you’re talking to someone who you don’t think understands English very well and so you keep raising your voice? It doesn’t help them understand you any better. It’s just irritating. I have deep convictions about these things. I think most of the time most people would like to have a reasonable conversation about especially controversial topics. Finally, I think it’s a great privilege to talk to people about issues that matter. I enjoy talking to people about complicated issues that matter…This is about connecting with somebody else on a level that reaches them.”      

David Brody, “Are you ready for the hate? Because it’s going to come. There are haters out there. Haters will hate.”

Carly Fiorina, “You know it’s true. I have been through that a few times in my life.  I have been a very high profile CEO. Not because I sought it but because the limelight sought me. That’s what sometimes happens when you’re different, or you’re first, or whatever it is. I know well that with the spotlight comes an incredible amount of scrutiny which I’m not afraid of because I know what I’ve done in my life. With it also comes a lot of criticism. Some of it is unfair completely and some of it comes from misunderstanding. Nothing is like running for president but I think I’m ready for that. I also know that the vast majority of people out there are not haters. There are haters and they are usually high volume talkers. But most people aren’t.  Most people are concerned. Most people feel what I feel that our nation is at a pivotal point.  That our nation needs leadership. That our nation needs both citizens and leaders to step up and save her.”

posted @ Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:19 AM | Feedback (0)

Monday, May 04, 2015

Carly Fiorina To Brody File: Jesus Got Me Through Tough Times

In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File, GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says her faith in Jesus Christ got her through her battle with breast cancer and the loss of her step-daughter Lori Ann. “I am quite certain, that I would not have been able to endure those without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I am just certain of that. I am forever grateful that I rediscovered a personal relationship with God before that happened.” And as for God’s existence, Fiorina reasons the following: “If human beings can create a global positioning system, that keeps track of billions and billions and billions of moving people and things in every millisecond and provides precise instructions around where you ought to be going…If people can do that, God can do that. God can keep track of us all.”

This interview with Carly Fiorina was done in our DC studios a couple weeks ago. Watch below along with a transcription.

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David Brody, “Your faith journey, join the crowd, we all go through ups and downs. That’s what life is I guess. Tell me a little bit about yours. I know that in that 2009-2010 period with breast cancer and Lori Ann, what was that like for you? What kind of low points and eventually rising from the ashes, kind of higher points you took? “

Carly Fiorina, “Battling cancer and the death of our younger daughter Lori Ann, I am quite certain, that I would not have been able to endure those without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I am just certain of that. I am forever grateful that I rediscovered a personal relationship with God before that happened. I grew up knowing I had a personal relationship with Jesus. I prayed everyday all my life. But somehow in the course of my life, it got a little more abstract for me. I came to think of God sort of as a CEO that couldn’t pay attention to every detail, but generally speaking things were working the right way. How could Jesus know what was really going on with me? How could God answer my prayers specifically? I had a pastor friend who pushed me really hard on that and it caused me to think about how could I be convinced that God has a personal relationship with each of us through Jesus Christ…It was like a revelation. If human beings can create a global positioning system, that keeps track of billions and billions and billions of moving people and things in every millisecond and provides precise instructions around where you ought to be going…If people can do that, God can do that. God can keep track of us all.”

posted @ Monday, May 04, 2015 2:05 PM | Feedback (2)

Carly Fiorina Remembers As A Child: "God had given me gifts"

In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File, GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says God gives us all gifts. Her mother used to say to her, ‘What you are is God’s gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to God.’ Fiorina remembers the lesson from those important words. “That was both a promise to me and a challenge to me.  It was a promise because I didn’t feel gifted. I didn’t feel gifted for a long time…Everybody seemed smarter, and prettier and better. It was a promise. God had given me gifts. It was also a challenge. Find your gifts. Use your gifts. “

This interview with Carly Fiorina was done in our DC studios a couple weeks ago. Watch below along with a transcription.

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David Brody: “I want to go back in time now. This is the Oprah section of the interview. We’re going back in time to young Carly. What was it like as a kid? How did you feel? What motivated you? What was going on in those grade school years? What did you want to be when you grew up? Take us back to those days.”

Carly Fiorina, “I guess I would say my first memory of thinking about a profession was maybe when I was five and I was determined to become a fireman. I think it was because I liked the dogs, those Dalmatian dogs, and I liked the red in the fire engine.  On a more serious note, what I most remember is being eight-years-old, being in Sunday school, and my mother saying to me, ‘What you are is God’s gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to God.’ That was both a promise to me and a challenge to me.  It was a promise because I didn’t feel gifted. I didn’t feel gifted for a long time…Everybody seemed smarter, and prettier and better. It was a promise. God had given me gifts. It was also a challenge. Find your gifts. Use your gifts. “

posted @ Monday, May 04, 2015 1:23 PM | Feedback (1)

Carly Fiorina To Brody File: Our Allies Can't Count On Us And our Enemies Don't Fear Us

In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File, GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina talks tough on having a strong U.S. military presence saying, “Just as going to war is a last resort, having the strongest, most powerful, most capable military force in the world is a necessity and everyone has to know it.”

This interview with Carly Fiorina was done in our DC studios a couple weeks ago. Watch below along with a transcription. Her bottom line: “We have a situation where our allies have decided they can’t count on us and our adversaries have decided they do have to worry about us. They are both right, unfortunately.”
 
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David Brody, “I want to ask you a national security question or a defense question. You’ve got the Rand Paul wing of the party so to speak, folks that feel a little more on the Libertarian side of foreign policy and Lindsey Graham on the other side...Where do you see yourself as it relates to that neocon label we hear so much about as it relates to handling world affairs?”

Carly Fiorina, “First, I think that America has to face outward into the world because the world is a more dangerous and a more tragic place when America isn’t leading. Even people who are our adversaries understand that the world is a different place when we are leading. So today, I think unfortunately, we have a situation where our allies have decided they can’t count on us and our adversaries have decided they do not have to worry about us. They are both right, unfortunately. Our allies have asked us for a lot of very specific things that would be helpful right now. The Kurds have asked us to arm them, we haven’t. The Egyptians have asked us to share intelligence, we won’t. The Jordanians have asked for bombs and materiel, we haven’t provided it. The moderate Syrian rebels, when they once existed, have asked for support, we didn’t give it to them. We should rebuild the Sixth Fleet in NATO and push back on Vladimir Putin...I sat in Bibi Netanyahu’s office five years ago. There were just three people in that office, him, me and my husband Frank.  He was talking about Iran for an hour and a half because they really are a danger and we really do need to handle them differently than our President has been. On the other hand, war is always a last resort… Just as going to war is a last resort, having the strongest, most powerful, most capable military force in the world is a necessity and everyone has to know it. “

posted @ Monday, May 04, 2015 1:14 PM | Feedback (0)

Mike Huckabee to Brody File: My Christian Faith Is Not a 'Political Position' for Me

In an interview with The Brody File, Mike Huckabee says being an evangelical Christian is not a "political position" for him and says whatever happens in a presidential run he knows one thing: "The scripture is the word of God. Haven’t changed that. Regardless of the elections, I won’t.”

Huckabee made these comments to me in a one-on-one interview we did near Des Moines, Iowa, last weekend at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition event. He's set to announce his presidential plans Tuesday in Hope, Arkansas.

There will be a lot of competitors for the evangelical vote. Huckabee will have company (Cruz, Jindal, Walker, Perry, Rubio, Paul, Carson, etc.) so this is no slam-dunk for the ex-pastor.

Still, Huckabee’s communication skills and likeability factor make him the evangelical vote frontrunner at this point.

Watch below with a transcription.

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David Brody: If in a couple of weeks you are a presidential candidate, if that would potentially happen, there are going to be a lot of folks out for that evangelical vote. Here we go again. Ted Cruz, announcing at Liberty University, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker they are all out there. What say you as it relates to this big evangelical pie that’s out there and maybe a potential part of that you really need to be successful?

Mike Huckabee: Well, I guess there is a part of me that's delighted that other people are beginning to understand what I've understood my whole political life. This is the sleeping giant. These are the folks that if they ever went out and voted significantly in mass, would have the deciding factor in most every election.

So, maybe I should be comforted in, what’s the old saying? The most sincere form of flattery is imitation? So, that’s great. But I don’t think I have to go into this with any sense of let me prove to you that I really have these values. People can go back and talk to the people I went to high school with. Dig as deep as you want to go. This is who I am. It’s what I believe. It’s not a political position for me. It’s a position that comes deep from within the principles that I have adhered to since I was a teenager, became a believer, still believe the scripture is the word of God. Haven’t changed that. Regardless of the elections, I won’t. “

posted @ Monday, May 04, 2015 6:50 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, May 01, 2015

Rafael Cruz to His Critics: Sorry, 'We have to expose the truth'

Rafael Cruz, Ted Cruz’s father tells it like it is. He holds nothing back and that could give certain media members a chance to attack him.

He’s been very critical of President Obama but he says this: "What are we to do? Jesus said you don't take a light and hide it under a bushel. You put it on a lamp stand. We have to expose the truth. And those that don't adhere to the truth are going to react against the truth. That is only natural…So I say I get energized because if we had no one criticizing what we are saying, perhaps we're not making an impact."

Watch the conversation below.

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posted @ Friday, May 01, 2015 4:46 PM | Feedback (0)

Rafael Cruz to Brody File: 'The concept of limited government comes right out of the Bible'

Rafael Cruz, Ted Cruz’s father sits down with The Brody File and says people need to understand that separation of church and state is NOT in the U.S. Constitution.

And he goes on to say, "Don’t tell me the Constitution is not based on the word of God. It's entirely based on the word of God."

Oh, and how about this one for good measure: "The concept of limited government comes right out of the Bible."

Watch him give a constitutional lesson below.

One more thing: he has a few things to say about politicians, too. "Aren't you sick and tired of men and women of lies in government? They tell you one lie to cover up the previous lie, whether it is 'Fast and Furious' or Benghazi or the IRS or the NSA or Ebola or the missing emails. It's lies upon lies upon lies. I tell pastors stop looking at their (politicians') rhetoric and start looking at their record. They all have a record. Jesus said, 'You shall know them by their fruit.' It's time we do some fruit checking."

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posted @ Friday, May 01, 2015 4:36 PM | Feedback (0)

Rafael Cruz on Democrats: 'The way the Democrats define compromise is you agree with them and you do whatever they tell you to do'

Rafael Cruz, Ted Cruz’s father sits down with The Brody File and says his son has a "servant’s spirit" to serve people. The elder Cruz also took a shot at Democrats and Washington D.C., establishment politicians.

"The way the Democrats define compromise is you agree with them and you do whatever they tell you to do." He says Ted will compromise with Democrats.

"Ted’s view on dealing with one party or another was Ronald Reagan's. That is, you take half a loaf now and come back for more later."

So what hurts compromise? Raphael Cruz says, "Unfortunately you find politicians that are not willing to stray from the party line and so that makes it very difficult."

Watch the conversation below.

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posted @ Friday, May 01, 2015 4:15 PM | Feedback (0)

Rafael Cruz Tells Brody File His Son Won't Compromise Principles

Rafael Cruz, Ted Cruz’s father sits down with me in an exclusive interview. He tells me the following: "My son will not compromise his principles in Washington."

Rafael Cruz also talks about how smart Ted was as a child. His favorite word was "why, why, why, why." He was like a "sponge."

The elder Cruz says, "Our conversation around the dinner table centered on politics as to why we had to get rid of this leftist, progressive called Jimmy Carter…Ted got a dose of conservative politics from a biblical worldview on a daily basis for a whole year when he was 9 years old."

Ted was reading John Locke, Adam Smith, the Federalist Papers, and Milton Friedman in high school. He was also writing the constitution from memory as part of a group called The Constitutional Corroborators. He also gave about 80 speeches on free market economics during his time in high school. Just your average high school student. NOT!

Watch the conversation below.

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posted @ Friday, May 01, 2015 3:50 PM | Feedback (0)

The Brody File Show: The Iowa Machine Shed of GOP Presidential Candidates

The Brody File travels to Des Moines, Iowa, as the GOP presidential race gets underway.

Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry offered us their take on everything from the evangelical vote to foreign policy.

Plus, CBN News Producer Amber C. Strong is in Iowa with her musical "Poplitical" segment.

posted @ Friday, May 01, 2015 3:00 PM | Feedback (0)