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Monday, November 05, 2012

Evangelical Leader: 'I would not be surprised to see tomorrow's turnout of values voters eclipse what we saw in 2004'

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, believes that values voters may show up more in 2012 than they did for President Bush in 2004. More from Perkins below:

"In my almost 20 years involved in politics, I have never seen values voters so energized. This level of intensity is clearly driven by this administration's policies that are so hostile to religious freedom. The Obamacare's mandates are a clear infringement on religious freedom. President Obama talks about the freedom of worship, which is what we do within the four walls of the church. However, values voters are concerned about the freedom of religion, which is the ability to live your life according to the teachings of your faith. These voters see that freedom of religion is under attack by this President. I would not be surprised to see tomorrow's turnout of values voters eclipse what we saw in 2004."

We’re about to find out.

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posted @ Monday, November 05, 2012 8:52 PM | Feedback (5)

Catholics Getting Anti-Obama Message on Religious Freedom

Is religious freedom dead under President Obama? The group, American Catholics for Religious Freedom says yes and they are sending out information to Catholics about it in five key states: Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Iowa and Wisconsin.

The group has more than 200 “Parish Captains” in Ohio alone.

Catholics have always played a critical role in every presidential election and 2012 will be no different.

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posted @ Monday, November 05, 2012 8:48 PM | Feedback (0)

Only on The Brody File: Sarah Palin's Last Second Audio Call to Evangelicals: Vote 'Your Common-Sense Values'

In these last days before Election Day, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is wading into the presidential race. The Brody File has in its possession a robocall she made aimed at getting conservative faith voters to the polls.

She recorded it for the Faith and Freedom Coalition. Listen below for part of that message by clicking here. A portion of the robocall transcription is below.

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“Our nation is at a crossroads. So please go to the polls and vote for the candidates who share your common-sense values. Urge your friends and family to vote, too. Thank you and God bless you.”

The call has been sent to millions of evangelicals and conservative Catholic voters in the battleground states of Florida, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Ohio. Palin goes on to push conservative talking points, including limited government, strong defense, and the life issue.

By the way, it makes sense that Romney’s name was NOT mentioned because FFC is a 501c4 organization and therefore the mission is to do voter education and GOTV (Get Out The Vote) calls.

Sarah Palin is not the only big name conservative figure to do these type of calls. The following folks have also made robocalls on behalf of FFC: James Dobson, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Bob McDonnell, Gov. Scott Walker, Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Sen. Rick Santorum.

Ultimately, this election is going to hinge on voter turnout and Romney is banking on groups like FFC to help get the conservative Christian vote out to the polls.

posted @ Monday, November 05, 2012 2:04 PM | Feedback (1)

TV Reports from Boston and Chicago

Watch our team coverage from Boston and Chicago. David is in Boston and Jennifer is in Chicago.

Election Day is just one day away!

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posted @ Monday, November 05, 2012 9:38 AM | Feedback (0)

Who Will Win Tuesday Night?

So what’s The Brody File’s prediction for Election night? Sorry to disappoint you but The Brody File doesn’t do predictions. Journalistically it wouldn’t be right. Instead, let me provide some final analysis.

It wouldn’t shock me at all to see Mitt Romney win by a bigger margin than what many political prognosticators are saying. Look, when Barack Obama won in 2008 the Tea Party wasn’t around. They are now. Something has changed politically in the last four years

The conversation has changed regarding the seriousness of the debt and deficit in this country. The Tea Party changed the conversation. A sleeping giant woke up. It made a huge difference in 2010 and you get the sense that it is these types of people who will show up and make a huge difference in 2012 as well.

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When I say, “these people” I’m not just referring to the Tea Party diehards. I’m also talking about Independent voters in this country who are extremely concerned about the nation’s debt. While they might not consider themselves Tea Party members, they do agree with their position on the debt and financial austerity.

Also, in 2008 evangelicals didn’t connect with John McCain. In 2012, they like Romney more than McCain (despite his Mormonism) but more than that they’ve had four years of President Obama to deal with. I’ve heard many evangelicals say this is a “broken glass” election, meaning that evangelicals will walk over broken glass to get to the polls to vote.

Then you throw in the fact that evangelical organizations are about to conclude the most massive GOTV (Get Out The Vote) effort ever in the history of their organizations and what you get is a combustible mix of fervent energy. Let’s remember, Ralph Reed’s group called the Faith and Freedom Coalition didn’t even exist four years ago. Today they have micro-targeted millions of evangelical voters that have never been contacted before.

Don’t be surprised to see millions more evangelicals show up at the polls, especially in the key swing states of Ohio, Florida, and Colorado. Don’t look so much to see what percentage of the evangelical vote Mitt Romney receives. Rather, look to see how many more evangelicals are turning out this election compared to four years ago.

You can easily make a case as to how President Obama gets to 270 electoral votes but the problem for the president is that in 2008 he was new, optimistic, and inspiring. In 2012, that has been replaced with an anti-Romney message. Typically, voters go with the more optimistic message. They vote for the future.

posted @ Monday, November 05, 2012 7:42 AM | Feedback (4)