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Friday, December 14, 2012

The Brody File Show | The Fiscal Cliff and the Bible

Join us this week on The Brody File as we discuss the impending fiscal cliff scenario with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

In addition, CBN News Capitol Hill Correspondent John Jessup joins us to discuss the impact of Sen. Jim DeMint's, R-S.C., resignation.

Also, ABC News's Christiane Amanpour stops by to discuss her new television special about the Bible.

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posted @ Friday, December 14, 2012 12:50 PM | Feedback (1)

Bobby Jindal in 2016? Hmm...

You know who’s going to run for president of the United States?

Bobby Jindal. That’s right. You know it’s true. The Governor of Louisiana has already been very outspoken since the Election about how the GOP has lost its way and now this: an op-ed on birth control. Read a portion below:

"As a conservative Republican, I believe that we have been stupid to let the Democrats demagogue the contraceptives issue and pretend, during debates about health-care insurance, that Republicans are somehow against birth control. It's a disingenuous political argument they make. As an unapologetic pro-life Republican, I also believe that every adult (18 years old and over) who wants contraception should be able to purchase it."

More here.

Folks, this is called political positioning. How much would a Rubio/Jindal or Jindal/Rubio ticket shake up politics and make the Democrats scream “Oy-gevalt!”

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posted @ Friday, December 14, 2012 11:10 AM | Feedback (0)

Only on Brody File: Rick Santorum Says Hillary Clinton Can Be Defeated in 2016: 'Everybody Is Beatable'

Rick Santorum says Hillary Clinton is not invincible if she decides to run in 2016. He tells The Brody File that, “everybody is beatable.” Santorum is thinking about running for president again in 2016.

Santorum stopped by The Brody File this past Tuesday. The interview will air on next week’s Brody File show.

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David Brody: All right. And let me ask you one last question. You know, there’s been a lot of talk about Hillary in 2016, last time I checked, you’re not a Democrat. However, Newt Gingrich said on Meet the Press, as you probably heard, I don’t know if you even know, but he said on Meet the Press that the GOP is incapable of beating someone like Hillary in 2016. I know he was playing political prognosticator. Newt likes to do that. But, what do you make of all of this talk that Hillary, she’s going to be unbeatable in 2016? GOP doesn’t have a chance?

Rick Santorum: Yeah, I sort of heard something like that four years ago, five years ago, whatever it was when she was launching her campaign five years ago. What I’ve found is that everybody is beatable. And, it all depends on the circumstances the candidates are running against. I’m not particularly concerned about Hillary Clinton, or really anybody else. I think what’s going to happen over the next four years is going to dictate a lot as to where the voters’ minds are, and kind of restructuring, and it’s going to happen of the Republican party, and our movement, and our message is going to have a lot to say about who is going to be the victor, too.

So, I’m going to focus on what I can control, which is trying to make sure that the movement is in a position to elect somebody that is reflective of the principles of what made our country great, whether it’s me or somebody else. That’s what I did three years ago when I started on this journey of running for President. It really wasn’t, for me, to get elected. It was to make sure that we had the best chance at defeating Barack Obama.

And pretty much back in the same mold, which is, I’m going to be involved in making sure that we have our party in a position to get back on top, whether it’s we’ll be involved in Virginia in the Governor’s race in Virginia, I’m going to be involved in the 2014 off-year elections. This is a continual process, and looking forward four years, and looking at one candidate who may or may not be a candidate, that’s not, I’m not going to waste my time on that.

posted @ Friday, December 14, 2012 8:55 AM | Feedback (2)

Only on Brody File: Rick Santorum Says Ames Iowa Straw Poll 'Probably Not a Wise Expenditure of Funds'

Rick Santorum tells The Brody File that it probably makes sense that the Ames, Iowa Straw Poll becomes a thing of the past because it “is probably not a wise expenditure of funds when it is not proven to be a great determiner as to who ends up winning the Caucus.”

Santorum won Iowa in 2012 and placed fourth in the Straw Poll. Michele Bachmann won the Straw Poll but fared poorly in the Caucus.

Santorum stopped by The Brody File this past Tuesday. The interview will air on next week’s Brody File show.

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David Brody: Two quick last questions. There’s been some news about the Iowa Straw Poll, and this idea that, even some big wigs out there in Iowa say...

Rick Santorum: Yeah, the governor.

Brody: The governor, by the way a big wig, says it’s antiquated. Look, Iowa, they love you in Iowa, you love them.

Santorum: Yeah. The Straw Poll, we didn’t really play in the Straw Poll.

Brody: You finished fourth.

Santorum: We finished fourth. We just wanted, we saw the Straw Poll as an opportunity for us to organize on a grassroots with no money, we really spent nothing. You had some candidates spend $2, $3 million on the Straw Poll and one of them ended up out of the race because they didn’t do well.

I think Terry (Brandstad, Iowa Governor) probably has it right, this is, it’s probably an exercise that is, it’s an interesting exercise, our feeling was we didn’t want to play in that, we were focused on the Caucus. And, I think if you look at the results of the Straw Poll, very few people that won the Straw Poll went on to win the Caucus.

So, you know, I don’t know whether they’re going to go forward or not. My feeling is if we end up doing this, we’ll do the same thing. We’ll focus on the Caucus, not the Straw Poll. That’s not, that doesn’t matter to us, that’s not going to decide, as we’ve seen who wins it.

And I would say to other candidates, spending millions of dollars on a Straw Poll, when money is scarce is probably not a wise expenditure of funds when it is not proven to be a great determiner as to who ends up winning the Caucus. And I think that’s why Terry said what he said.

Brody: Gotcha.

Santorum: That’s why others out in Iowa, it doesn’t mean that there can’t be some event, or there can’t be an opportunity for the Iowa party to do something during around the State Fair, which is usually what this is. But I’m not sure that that’s going to be the best thing, but we’ll wait and see what happens.

posted @ Friday, December 14, 2012 8:41 AM | Feedback (0)

Only on The Brody File: Rick Santorum on 2016 Presidential Run: I'm 'Open to Seeing What God's Path Is for Me'

Rick Santorum says he is “open to seeing what God’s path is for me” when it comes to running for president in 2016. He says he’s “walking” right now rather than running.

Santorum stopped by The Brody File this past Tuesday. The interview will air on next week’s Brody File show.

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David Brody: So, you gonna run in 2016? Look, there are just a few cameras here. It’s just between you and me and a few of these cameras.

Rick Santorum: As I’ve said from the very beginning, I’m open to seeing what God’s path is for me. When I started on this journey three or four years ago, and ended up running for President, people would ask me are you running for President? I would say, no, I’m walking.

And that’s it. I’m trying to walk the path. I really had no intention and thought it would be almost folly when I started that journey, that walk to run for president. But, eventually it became clear, that’s what I was supposed to do. And you know, that may be a very different walk in the next four years. We’ll see.

posted @ Friday, December 14, 2012 8:21 AM | Feedback (0)