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Brody File Video Exclusive: Rick Perry Says Getting Criticized for Being a Christian is 'an Honor' and Forgives Media


Reporting from Sioux City Iowa tonight:

The Brody File hopped on board Rick Perry’s bus in Dennison, Iowa, Wednesday and the Republican presidential candidate told me that he forgives the media for criticizing him and understands that as a Christian, “when you are being criticized, consider it an honor.”

He goes on to say that, “one of my values is being a Christian and we're going to get criticized for that. I mean 2,000 years ago we knew we were going to get criticized for standing up for the values Jesus Christ talked about.”

Both the interview clip and transcription are below:

Rick Perry is heavily saturating Iowa television with campaign ads. He’s spending major bucks because he knows his campaign is pretty much Iowa or bust. Perry will be hopping around the state through the Iowa Caucus on Jan. 3.

Does he have a shot? He could possibly place top three based on all the money he’s throwing down but it’s a crowded field. Ron Paul is a force here along with Bachmann. Santorum keeps plugging away and then, of course, there is Gingrich and Romney. He’s got his work cut out for him.

David Brody: What have those conversations been like with God, so to speak, when people in the media and others have taken hits at you in some of those low times? You know, in some of those debates and things. What does that prayer life that you've been dealing with, what's that been like?

Rick Perry: It's when, for me, when you are being criticized consider it an honor. That's the scriptural part of it. Listen, I stand up for my values and one of my values is being a Christian and we're going to get criticized for that. I mean 2,000 years ago we knew we were going to get criticized for standing up for the values Jesus Christ talked about.

But I can no more divorce myself from those values than I can my upbringing. I'm the son of two tenant farmers. You can't change that. That's who I am. So, when I went all in with God, I went all in. Thank goodness he is a forgiving God. I sit here before you as a flawed sinner and by the grace of God I've been forgiven and so I forgive them for not understanding.

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Comments on this post

# RE: Brody File Video Exclusive: Rick Perry Says Getting Criticized for Being a Christian is 'an Honor' and Forgives Media

You are a good man Rick, but I don't agree with your stance on illegals. We should not reward law breakers. Let the children serve in the military if they want to be citizens and before they go to college.
Left by KellieC on Dec 15, 2011 6:48 PM

# RE: Brody File Video Exclusive: Rick Perry Says Getting Criticized for Being a Christian is 'an Honor' and Forgives Media

Dear KellieC...I am a Texan...we do not give anyting to illegals. In fact, we fight daily the Fed. Government's inadequate actions dealing with what is THEIR responsibility. Most of these students have visas...and are on a path to citizenship if those very few or children of illegals. However...many of these are as my grandson...Anglo as can be and can trace his entire families citizenship for generations. He was born in Texas and left with me to raise...his parents going where they please...An ever increasing situation in this nation today...children raised by grands...so my grandson with his parents taking residency in another state is an ILLEGAL RESIDENT...I can pay in state tuition for his higher education...and that makes me so proud that our Governor saw fit to stand with the overwhelming elected by the people and not changed for ten years...Dream Act of Texas...it is so very different than what obama wants.
Left by NOliver on Dec 16, 2011 4:01 PM

# RE: Brody File Video Exclusive: Rick Perry Says Getting Criticized for Being a Christian is 'an Honor' and Forgives Media

I DO NOT AGREE WITH THE STANCE THAT THE ILLEGALS THAT HAVE BEEN HER FOR 25 YEARS (BREAKING THE LAW THE LONGEST) SHOULD POSSIBLY BE ABLE TO STAY. SO THE ROBBERS SHOULD GET THE DEATH PENALTY AND THE SERIAL KILLERS SHOULD GET AMNESTY?
Left by patricia on Dec 16, 2011 10:01 PM

# RE: Brody File Video Exclusive: Rick Perry Says Getting Criticized for Being a Christian is 'an Honor' and Forgives Media

I'm so glad for Rick Perry's testimony. He may not win, but his testimony is for the glory of God and his lack of fear of what people say about him gives Christians like me encouragement in their own walk when we come against criticism for our faith. I'm so glad for people like him, Michelle Bachman and Rick Santorum who have ignited conversations about the sanctity of life, marriage and the Islamic threat that we face as a nation. Perry will do well whatever he decides to do because I believe God will continue to bless him since he brings glory to His name.
Left by Betty on Dec 17, 2011 11:34 PM