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Friday, January 25, 2013

The Brody File Show | Howdy From Texas

The Brody File traveled to Texas to explore whether or not the Tea Party is dead.

Also, we visited with high school cheerleaders in East Texas who are at the center of a big political controversy.

Finally, The Brody File sat down with GOP Rock Star Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at his home in Houston.

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posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 10:55 AM | Feedback (1)

Ted Cruz to Brody File: 'I believe Republicans can win a majority of the Senate in 2014'

In a one-on-one interview at his home in Houston, Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz tells the Brody File that he believes, “Republicans can win a majority of the Senate in 2014.”

He also says he will be able to maintain his credibility with the Tea Party and work as Vice-Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

This interview was done this past Friday at Cruz’s home in Houston. An upcoming profile on Cruz and his family will be seen on "The 700 Club" in February. It will include an interview with his wife and video of his children. Cruz is also the newsmaker in this week’s Brody File shot on location in San Antonio, Texas.

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David Brody: This is going to be an interesting balance for you because you are a TEA Party, Constitutionally conservative guy, and yet, you’re also now the Vice Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee so you have potential competing interests here. How are you going to maneuver that minefield?

Sen. Ted Cruz: I think it’s very harmonious. In the next two years, I intend to focus, number one, on winning the battles, doing as much as we can to shrink the size of government, to shrink the debt, to get economic growth growing. Now, that may prove very challenging with a Democratic Senate and a Democratic president.

Number two, I intend to focus on winning the argument, making the case to the American people that freedom works. That if you want greater opportunity, government control of the economy is not the answer.

But number three, critical to that is in making the argument: winning elections.Margaret Thatcher famously said, “First you win the argument, then you win the election.”

In 2014, there will be Senate races all over the country that I think are critically important. I believe Republicans can win a majority of the Senate in 2014. It’s not going to be easy, but I think it’s possible. If we stand together, if we stand for principle, I think we can take a majority of the Senate, and I think, taking a majority of the Senate is an important step to being able to advance these principles, to being able to shrink the size and power of government, to shrink the debt and to get economic growth growing.

posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 9:15 AM | Feedback (1)

Brody File Exclusive: Ted Cruz on America's Economic Problems: 'An awful lot of Republicans failed to stand for principle and contributed to getting us in this mess'

In a one-on-one interview at his home in Houston, Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz tells the Brody File that President Obama is, “the most radical president we’ve ever seen.” But he also adds that when it comes to our current economic troubles, “an awful lot of Republicans, failed to stand for principle and contributed to getting us in this mess.”

Cruz also points out the following about politicians in Washington: “There are a lot of people in Washington, I think, who desperately, desperately want to be in elected office.”

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Sen. Ted Cruz: We’ve got a job and right now I think the U.S. Senate is the battlefield. Unfortunately, Republicans are in the minority. This last election did not turn out as I had hoped, but I nonetheless think that if we had principled, effective conservatives who make the case that the most effective engine, for economic opportunity, the most effective engine for climbing the economic ladder, for helping those with nothing to achieve anything has been free markets, has been limited government has been the incredible, American system. If we make that case, we can preserve that system. And I think that’s what the stakes are.

And so, my focus every day is on the substance of winning the fight, stopping the out of control spending and deficits and debt so that our kids aren’t crushed with those debts and getting the economy growing again. You know in the last four years under President Obama, our economy has grown 1.5 percent a year. That’s less than half the historical average. The historical average since World War II has been 3.3 percent. If we can’t get the economy growing, we can’t solve any of these problems.

If you want to get the 23 million people who are struggling to find jobs back to work, get the economy growing. If you want to transform our federal balance sheet, change it from the train wreck it is right now, get the economy growing.

And so, every day in the Senate, my focus is championing small businesses, entrepreneurs, championing economic growth, because ultimately, economic growth is what provides opportunity, it’s what enables people, like my dad, to climb the economic ladder, to climb from nothing to achieve prosperity. That’s my focus, and I try to pay attention to nothing else, but focusing on that.

David Brody: Too many people choosing politics over principle?

Cruz: That’s exactly right. Look, I mean there are a lot of people in Washington, I think, who desperately, desperately want to be in elected office. There’s an old line that ‘Politics is Hollywood for ugly people.’ And there’s an element of truth to that. You see those in elected office who, the prospect of not being in elected office is terrifying to them.

And one of the sad realities is that it has been career politicians, in both parties, who’ve gotten us in this mess. I think President Obama is the most radical president we’ve ever seen, but I think an awful lot of Republicans, failed to stand for principle and contributed to getting us in this mess, and I think what we’ve seen in 2010 and to some degree in 2012 is a new generation of leaders stepping forward that are committed to fixing these problems.

posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 9:03 AM | Feedback (0)

Brody File Exclusive: Ted Cruz Not Paying Attention to 2016 Presidential Talk

In a one-on-one interview at his home in Houston, Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz tells The Brody File that he tries not to pay attention to the “media circus” regarding whether he will run for president in 2016.

This interview was done this past Friday at Ted Cruz’s home in Houston. An upcoming profile on Ted Cruz and his family will be seen on "The 700 Club" in February. It will include an interview with his wife and video of his children. Cruz is also the newsmaker in this week’s Brody File shot on location in San Antonio, Texas.

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David Brody: So with all of that media attention that you’re receiving, some of those articles have to do with ‘Ted Cruz running for President in 2016:  it could happen.’  This is what they’re saying. When you read those articles, what goes through your mind?

Sen. Ted Cruz: You know, I try not to pay attention to it. There are big challenges facing this country. I mean, we’re going broke. Our national debt is larger than the size of our economy, and millions of Americans are, for a very good reason, are concerned for the future of our country.

I mean, every generation of Americans going back centuries has given the next generation, greater opportunity, greater prosperity and we’re on the verge of becoming potentially the first generation in history to give our kids and grandkids less prosperity, less opportunity.

The stakes, I think, have never been higher, and so, I try very much to tune out the media circus, not to pay attention to any speculations on their part and to stay focused on the task at hand.

posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 8:41 AM | Feedback (0)

Ted Cruz Exclusive: Calls Mainstream Media a 'Fickle Creature'

In a one-on-one interview at his home in Houston Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz tells he Brody File that the mainstream media is a “fickle creature” and that their mindset reminds him of the line in the movie "The Princess Bride" where one of the characters is told, “Good night, good job, I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.”

This interview was done this past Friday at Ted Cruz’s home in Houston. An upcoming profile on Cruz and his family will be seen on "The 700 Club" in February. It will include an interview with his wife and video of his children. Cruz is also the newsmaker in this week’s Brody File shot on location in San Antonio, Texas.

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David Brody: So what do you make of all of this mainstream media attention that you’ve been getting? I mean, you see the headlines, some are a little different on MSNBC, or maybe FOX, but look, they’re calling you a ‘GOP Rock Star.’

Sen. Ted Cruz: I try to pay very little attention to the media. It is, as you know, a fickle creature. They can say anything today, and tomorrow, it can change dramatically. You know, I’m reminded of my favorite movie which is '"The Princess Bride," and in "The Princess Bride," there’s a wonderful scene, where Wesley, the protagonist in the movie, is captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts, and he has made him his cabin boy, and he spends five years with the Dread Pirate Roberts, and Wesley is recounting how everyday he would learn to sword fight and be on the ship and be learning and every night, the Dread Pirate Roberts would say to him, “Good night, Wesley. Good job.  I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.”

And that realization: "Good night, good job, I’ll most likely kill you in the morning," tongue-and-cheek in that movie is a great reminder of the media. If they happen to say something nice about you today: “Goodnight, they’ll most likely kill you in the morning.”

And so, I just try to laugh it all off and not worry about it. At the end of the day, my focus is on trying to make a difference for the principles that make this country strong, for the principles of free markets, for the principles of the Constitution, for the principles that have made this country a land of such incredible opportunity.

I mean that, the United States really is a miracle, in terms of the liberty we enjoy, the opportunity we enjoy. No place on earth has allowed so many millions of people to come from all over the world, to come with nothing and achieve anything. You know, I have to tell you as I stood on the Senate floor being sworn in, I couldn’t help but think back to 1957 to my father in Austin, Texas, and 18 year old kid, penniless, not speaking English, washing dishes.

If someone had told that 18-year-old kid that 55 years hence, his son would be sworn in as a United States Senator representing the great state of Texas, that would have been utterly unimaginable, and yet there was my father sitting in the gallery, looking down as I rested my hand on the family Bible and took the Oath of Office. It truly was breathtaking, and it’s just it’s one small example of the incredible opportunity that this country presents.

posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 8:30 AM | Feedback (1)