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June 2008 Entries

Video: Governor Pawlenty not “Bashful” about his “Faith in Christ”

Governor Tim Pawlenty told The Brody File today that he is defined by his commitment to Christ and is not bashful to talk about it. You can watch the answer above and read the transcription below.  Pawlenty is clearly on John McCain’s shortlist for VP candidates. Pawlenty is a born-again Christian and could be the one guy who helps (in part) to motivate Evangelicals to the ballot box and at the same time is able to help woo working class moderates because of his blue collar background

posted @ Monday, June 30, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Video: Pawlenty on VP Speculation

Should Governor Tim Pawlenty be John McCain’s running mate? He’s on the short list and we chatted about that in a Brody File interview here in Washington DC this morning. <

posted @ Monday, June 30, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

McCain’s Meeting with Billy and Franklin Graham

 Before some analysis, read more from The Associated Press about the meeting Sunday: John McCain met Sunday with evangelist Billy Graham and his son, Franklin, at the family's mountaintop retreat. The Republican presidential candidate, who is actively courting religious voters and trying to reassure skeptical conservatives, visited privately with the Grahams on the grounds of Little Piney Cove in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. "We had a very excellent conversati

posted @ Monday, June 30, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

James Dobson Doesn't Speak for Me. Or Does He?

The Brody File producer Robin Mazyck here with another guest blog. David's on vacation, and I'm taking over -- just don't tell my news director.

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Obama's Challenge with Conservative Christians

Before I start let me just say I am writing this on vacation. That my friends (as John McCain would say) is total Brody File dedication! And yes, I have no life!

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

James Dobson Rips Barack Obama

 Brody File Producer, Robin Mazyck, here with this guest blog. David is on vacation, but trust me, he'll find time to post something. So stay tuned for his blog.

posted @ Tuesday, June 24, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Obama's First Ad: Cue the Patriotism

Barack Obama has released his first national campaign ad. It's called, "Country I Love." Watch it here.

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Obama on Pop Culture

Brody File producer Robin Mazyck here with a guest blog.

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Obama's Reversal on Public Financing

So here you are. On Let's Make a Deal. You're Barack Obama. What do you do when it comes to public financing? Do you take Curtain number 1? Behind it is roughly $80 million in public financing money. Guaranteed money. Or do you take what's in the box? You're not exactly sure what's in the box but you know two things: it's more than $80 million (way more, like potentially $200-300 million) but it comes with a downside. You'll be labeled by your opponent as a hypocrite.

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Obama on America's Culture War

The Brody File recently sat down one-on-one with Barack Obama. I asked him if he thought there was a culture war going on in America.

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Obama on Absent Black Fathers

Brody File producer Robin Mazyck here with this guest blog.

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

VIDEO: Obama's Outreach to Evangelicals

Earlier today The 700 Club aired my story on Barack Obama's outreach efforts to court evangelicals. He's making some strides, but there could be pitfalls too.

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Obama Quotes Reagan at Religious Leaders Meeting

Barack Obama dusted off a Ronald Reagan line from the past at his recent meeting with religious leaders in Chicago. In a 1980 convention of Evangelical Ministers Reagan once famously said, "I know you can't endorse me, but I endorse you."

posted @ Tuesday, June 17, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Obama to Black Conservatives: 'I don't want people voting for me because I'm black'

On Tuesday near Detroit, Michigan I spent about 10 minutes one-on-one with Barack Obama. In our conversation I asked him about his message to black conservatives who may be struggling with the fact that they have an historic chance and a real viable shot to vote for an African-American candidate for President yet may have to sacrifice some of their core principles to do it.

posted @ Tuesday, June 17, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Barack Obama Interview Clips Coming Soon

The Brody File is not at my home base in Washington, DC today. No. Instead I write this blog from near Detroit where I just completed a 10 minute one-on-one interview with Barack Obama.

posted @ Tuesday, June 17, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Obama Advisor and Jesus Video: Guilt by Association?

Larry Lessig is a law professor at Stanford University and a NON-PAID technology advisor for Barack Obama's campaign. During a handful of lectures throughout the last few years, he has shown a controversial video mocking Jesus You can view it here.

posted @ Monday, June 16, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Video: Brody on Tim Russert

Three days have passed since Tim Russert has passed away and I think about his death constantly. It's so tough. He gave me such a wonderful opportunity to go on "Meet The Press."

posted @ Monday, June 16, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Obama’s Father’s Day Grand Slam

Ok. So it's not Father's Day. Sue me. I know Barack Obama gave his Father's Day speech yesterday and I'm just getting around to it now but I was busy opening my ties and Brut by Faberge and Old Spice colognes. Can The Brody File not get something really useful for Father's Day like a new pair of 'blogger pajamas" so I can wear them in the basement while I blog? Sorry. Too much detail. I digress. Let me get to the real reason for this blog.

posted @ Monday, June 16, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

McCain and the 'Litmus Test'

Here's the relevant question: How far will McCain go to court Clinton voters and Independents at the risk of alienating the base?

posted @ Monday, June 16, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Tim Russert and Me

I'm speechless.

posted @ Friday, June 13, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Hagee Clarifies Views on Jews, Holocaust

The Brody File has just received two important letters.

posted @ Friday, June 13, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Is Tim Pawlenty the Perfect Evangelical VP Candidate?

 Read below from The Minnesota Independent: Pawlenty became an evangelical Christian in the mid-1980s when he married Mary Anderson, a member of Wooddale Church, an evangelical megachurch in Eden Prairie. The couple were married by the Rev. Leith Anderson, a senior pastor at Wooddale since 1977. Anderson happens to be the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, an organization representing more than 30 million American evangelicals. In fact, Anderson had been the president

posted @ Thursday, June 12, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Private Polling Shows Sex Education Could be Problem for Obama

 The Obama campaign told The Brody File last year through spokesman Bill Burton that: "Barack Obama supports sensible, community-driven education for children because, among other things, he believes it could help protect them from pedophiles. A child's knowledge of the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching is crucial to keeping them safe from predators." Back then, the campaign directed me to Oregon Department of Education guidelines which they said would give

posted @ Thursday, June 12, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Franklin Graham, Obama Shake Hands at Private Pastors Meeting

Franklin Graham and Barack Obama in the same room.Yes, it's true. When they both met the other day in a roomful of religious leaders in Chicago, The Brody File was told that Franklin Graham and Sen. Barack Obama shook hands afterwards. Earlier we had reported that they hugged. A Franklin Graham spokesman called and said actually it was a handshake, not a hug. My source called it a "man-hug" but whatever. The bottom line is he was in the room.

posted @ Thursday, June 12, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Obama's Winning Combination

How did Barack Obama manage to beat the front runner Hillary Clinton? I went out to Chicago and went inside Obama headquarters to explore how this campaign team pulled it off.

posted @ Thursday, June 12, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Get Rid of the Distractions

It's politics 101. When your campaign has a distraction get rid of him or her. Jim Johnson, welcome to politics 101.

posted @ Thursday, June 12, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

New Christian Political Action Committee (PAC) Endorses Barack Obama

Barack Obama has some new Christian friends. Mara Vanderlsice is heading up the new Political Action Committee (PAC) called "The Matthew 25 Network" and she tells the Brody File tonight that they will endorse Barack Obama. The group is having a fundraiser tonight but the official rollout isn't for a couple weeks. Vanderslice talked to me about the goal of the group.

posted @ Tuesday, June 10, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Update: Obama Meets with Conservative and Progressive Religious Leaders

More now on Barack Obama's meeting with religious leaders in Chicago this afternoon. As we first reported on The Brody File, Obama is meeting with influential mega-pastor TD Jakes and pro-life Catholic constitutional law professor Doug Kmiec. Read more here on that.  That's a big deal. A really big deal. The fact that these two conservative men are meeting with Obama may be a signal that Obama's campaign is ready to break down the traditional wall of separation between conservatives and lib

posted @ Tuesday, June 10, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

TD Jakes Meets with Obama

Sources in Washington D.C. tell me that Barack Obama is meeting with religious leaders in Chicago, including influential mega-pastor TD Jakes and prominent conservative Catholic constitutional lawyer Doug Kmiec. They are in the meeting with Obama. More information to come here on The Brody File.

posted @ Tuesday, June 10, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (1)

Graham Ministry Responds to McCain Meeting

Because of the false report earlier that the McCain campaign had rejected a meeting with Billy Graham, Jeremy Blume, a spokesperson for Franklin Graham wanted to clarify the situation.

posted @ Monday, June 09, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

McCain Campaign Says Story Rejecting Billy Graham Meeting Not True

There's a story out there that the McCain campaign has rejected a meeting with the Rev. Billy Graham.

posted @ Monday, June 09, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Obama Campaign may be Sued for Joshua Generation Project

Oh my.

posted @ Monday, June 09, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Could Obama Get 40% of the Evangelical Vote?

The Brody File’s good friend, Dan Gilgoff over at Beliefnet.com has a great interview with Evangelical Public Relations Executive Mark DeMoss. DeMoss has a good read on the climate among Evangelicals. He’s well respected. He believes Barack Obama could get up to 40 percent of the Evangelical vote this November. Read below and then get my take. <

posted @ Friday, June 06, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Obama's Looming Jerusalem Problem

Obama may have a “Jerusalem problem.” The other day in front of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee he told the audience that Jerusalem “must remain undivided”. Now it’s not as clear. Read below from The Washington Post. <

posted @ Friday, June 06, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

McCain Makes a Smart Move

It’s a brilliant move by the McCain campaign. Challenge Obama to new style debates across the country and in the process look like the bi-partisan guy and box Obama into a corner. I’ll explain below but first read from The Los Angeles Times below: <

posted @ Thursday, June 05, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Brody File on 700 Club

I went on The 700 Club and talked to Pat Robertson about the state of the Democratic race and a look ahead to the general election. Watch it above.

posted @ Wednesday, June 04, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

A Recap of Tuesday's Events

Shortly after Sen. Barack Obama clinched enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination, I gave my analysis of the historic event on The 700 Club.

posted @ Wednesday, June 04, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

The General Election

Barack Obama vs. John McCain.

posted @ Wednesday, June 04, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

HISTORIC WIN

Barack Obama, virtually unknown four years ago, has made history.

posted @ Tuesday, June 03, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

McCain Says He's Not President Bush

In the general election, Barack Obama will paint John McCain as "George W. Bush III." In a speech delivered tonight, McCain is effectively saying, "Give me a break."

posted @ Tuesday, June 03, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Controversial Pastor Removed from Parish

Barack Obama’s friend, Pastor Michael Pfleger has been told to leave his parish for awhile. Read below from the Chicago Sun-Times: posted @ Tuesday, June 03, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

2004 Interview: Obama Talks about Jesus, Heaven and Sin

GG:  Who’s Jesus to you? OBAMA:  Right. Jesus is a historical figure for me, and he’s also a bridge between God and man, in the Christian faith, and one that I think is powerful precisely because he serves as that means of us reaching something higher. And he’s also a wonderful teacher. I think it’s important for all of us, of whatever faith, to have teachers in the flesh and also teachers in history. GG:  The conversation stopper, when you say you’

posted @ Tuesday, June 03, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Hillary as Vice President?

This coming in from Ben Smith at The Politico this afternoon. Read below: <

posted @ Tuesday, June 03, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

The Obama Delegate Clock

Goodness gracious. I want to take a lunch break but this dwindling delegate math is so riveting I can’t break away. I think I’ll order out. Let me just say that since it looks like Hillary Clinton won’t concede tonight she really is robbing Obama of a clear cut victory. She could have seen the writing on the wall and she could have looked at the delegate clock and then decided to drop out and let Obama have his moment tonight. That doesn’t look like it will happen. The ev

posted @ Tuesday, June 03, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Clinton Isn’t Ready To Go Yet

Life is so confusing. I can’t even keep my checkbook straight and now I’m supposed to make heads or tails about this Democratic nomination fight. Yeah, right. <

posted @ Tuesday, June 03, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

The Search for a Christian Vice President

A Christian group called the Anti-Defamation Commission wants a Christian as Vice President. They have started an online petition and will send the results to each presidential campaign. You can view the petition here. <

posted @ Monday, June 02, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Hillary's Choice: Unity or Chaos?

Hillary Clinton has a choice. After today’s Rules and Bylaws Committee decision on Florida and Michigan, she can stand down, praise party unity and sing Kumbyya. Or she can fight on and create chaos. My bet is on chaos. <

posted @ Sunday, June 01, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)