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The Brody File: Rick Santorum; A “blue collar” kind of guy - May 15, 2014

This week on the Brody File we catch up with former presidential contender Rick Santorum and hear his answer for rediscovering “blue collar conservatives.” Read Transcript


David: ON "THE BRODY

FILE" THIS WEEK, RICK

SANTORUM IN THE HOUSE.

COULD THIS NEW BOOK GIVE

CLUES ABOUT ANOTHER

PRESIDENTIAL RUN?

I WANTED FOLKS IN THIS

ELECTION CYCLE TO SEE THAT

THERE IS A MESSAGE OUT THERE

THAT IS A UNIFYING MESSAGE

FOR THE COUNTRY.

David: ALSO, MARCO

RUBIO TALKING PRESIDENTIAL

POLITICS.

COULD HE BE THE GUY FOR THE

REPUBLICANS?

I'VE OPENLY SAID IN THE

PAST IT IS SOMETHING I'LL

CONSIDER AT THE END OF THIS

YEAR.

David: AND "THE BRODY

FILE" COMMENTARY, IS THERE

IS PALIN RELATIVE, OR JUST A

PUNCH FILE.

GET READY, FOLKS, WE'RE

READY TO TAKE OFF ACROSS THE

COUNTRY.

AND WELCOME, EVERYBODY, TO

"THE BRODY FILE."

WE'RE GLAD YOU'RE WITH US

THIS WEEK.

WHAT A GREAT SHOW WE HAVE ON

TAP.

WE BEGIN THIS WEEK WITH RICK

SANTORUM.

THIS GUY HAS BEEN ON OUR

SHOW SO MUCH, I THINK WE

SHOULD CHANGE THE NAME OF

THE SHOW.

WE SHOULD CHANGE IT TO THE

SANTORUM FILE.

THERE HE IS, THE RICK

SANTORUM FILE.

NASNARCISSISTICLY, THAT IS

NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN.

YOU MIGHT WANT TO STICK TO

POLITICS AND WRITING BOOKS.

AND HE HAS WRITTEN ANOTHER

BOOK.

THIS ONE IS CALLED "BLUE

COLLAR CONSERVATIVES,

RECOMMITTING TO AN AMERICA

THAT WORKS."

THAT SURE SOUNDS LIKE A

BLUEPRINT ON HOW REPUBLICANS

CAN WIN BACK THE ELECTORATE

AND THE WHITE HOUSE.

THAT IS A TOPIC WE EXPLORED

WITH RICK SANTORUM HERE THIS

WEEK.

WELL, THE LAST TIME WE SAW

RICK SANTORUM ON THE

CAMPAIGN TRAIL, HE WAS

GIVING MITT ROMNEY A RUN FOR

HIS MONEY BY WINNING THE

IOWA CAUCUS AND FINISHING IN

SECOND PLACE FOR THE G.O.P.

NOMINATION.

HIS MESSAGE RESONATED WITH

WORKING AMERICANS, WORKING

TO RECAPTURE AMERICA'S GREAT

MANUFACTURING PAST.

AND HIS NEW BOOK ABOUT BLUE

COLLAR CONSERVATISM IS

LAYING OUT A CONSERVATIVE

WAY FORWARD.

THIS IS PERSONAL FOR HIM

BECAUSE HE CAME FROM A

FAMILY OF BLUE COLLAR

CONSERVATIVES.

I LOOK BACK AT THE VALUES

I LEARNED AND THE PEOPLE I

LEARNED THEM FROM.

THEY WERE FOLKS WHO HAD THAT

RUGGEDNESS.

MY GRANDFATHER WAS A COAL

MINER, HE HAD A HARD,

SCRAPPLE LIFE.

MY BASKETBALL COACHES, MY

LITTLE LEAGUE COACHES, THEY

WERE ALL TRADESMEN OR

LABORERS AND FACTORY

WORKERS.

THESE WERE FOLKS COMMITTED.

THEY LOVED GOD AND COUNTRY.

THEY TAUGHT YOU THOSE VALUES

OF HARD WORK AND TOUGHNESS.

AND JUST NEVER QUIT.

YOU WORK HARD AND STAY IN

SCHOOL AND GET A GOOD

EDUCATION.

YOU DON'T EVERY WANT TO HAVE

TO WORK IN A FACTORY, BUT IF

YOU END UP THAT THAT'S WHAT

YOU'VE GOT, YOU'VE GOT A

GOOD JOB AND YOU TAKE CARE

OF YOUR FAMILY.

WORK HARD AND PLAY HARD.

David: HE SAYS BLUE

COLLAR CONSERVATIVES ARE

BEING LEFT BEHIND BY BOTH

PARTIES.

THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS

THE PARTY WHERE YOU DON'T

HAVE TO WORK.

WE'LL PROVIDE ALL SORTS OF

BENEFITS TO YOU IF YOU WORK

OR DON'T WORK.

IT IS ALL ABOUT GOVERNMENT

TAKING CARE OF YOU.

AND AS IF SOCIETY IS ALIGNED

AGAINST YOU, SO YOU NEED ALL

OF THIS HELP.

AND I THINK THE FOLKS I GREW

UP WITH WOULD HAVE REJECTED

THAT AND SAID, HEY, YOU'VE

GOT TO TOUGH IT OUT.

AND, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE

OPPORTUNITIES THERE IF

YOU'RE WILLING TO WORK.

David: AS FOR THE

REPUBLICAN PARTY, HE SAYS

THEY HAVE WORK TO DO AS

WELL.

TAKE THE MINIMUM WAGE, FOR

EXAMPLE, WHERE HE SAYS IT IS

REALLY HARD TO ARGUE THAT

YOU'RE FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS

WORKER AND ALSO BE AGAINST

RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE.

IT IS A REALISTIC

UNDERSTANDING THAT WE HAVE

TO BE THE PARTY THAT IS

PRO-GROWTH, BUT ALSO

PRO-WORKER.

AND, YEAH, DO WE WANT MORE

JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES?

YES.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT

WORKERS BENEFIT FROM THE

EMPLOYMENT, TOO.

NOT JUST THE EMPLOYER

BENEFITING, AND HAVING SOME

MINIMUM WAGE STANDARD THAT

COVERS WHAT I PROPOSED IS

THE HISTORICAL NORM, WHICH

IS AROUND 5% TO 7% OF

WORKERS.

RIGHT NOW ONLY 2% OF

AMERICANS MAKE THE MINIMUM

WAGE.

David: SO IS THIS NEW

BOOK AND THIS WAY OF

REACHING BLUE-COLLAR VOTERS

A POTENTIAL PRESIDENTIAL

PATH TO THE WHITE HOUSE?

THIS IS A THEME HE IS

COMFORTABLE WITH.

I COVERED YOU A LOT ON

YOUR PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN,

AND THIS WAS THE HEART OF

YOUR MESSAGE.

I MEAN, BLUE-COLLAR

CONSERVATISM WAS THE HEART

OF YOUR MESSAGE.

DO YOU BELIEVE YOU WERE EVEN

THINKING ABOUT RUNNING IN

2016 -- BUT DO YOU FEEL LIKE

THERE IS SOME UNFINISHED

BUSINESS AS IT RELATES TO

THIS MESSAGE?

PEOPLE WOULD SAY SANTORUM

IS A CONSERVATIVE ON

ABORTION AND CONTRACEPTION.

BUT THOSE WHO LISTENED TO ME

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRIAL

REALIZED THAT THE CRUSADE

WAS FOR AVERAGE AMERICANS,

AND PEOPLE WHO WERE LEFT

BEHIND BY BOTH PARTIES, BY

REPUBLICANS, BECAUSE ALL

THEY DO IS TALK ABOUT

CREATING JOBS, AS OPPOSED TO

TALKING ABOUT CREATING JOBS,

FOR WORKERS, THE OPPORTUNITY

TO HAVE THOSE JOBS AND BE

ABLE TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

WE HAVE TO TALK TO JOB

CREATORS AND JOB HOLDERS.

I TALKED A LOT ABOUT THAT

DURING THE CAMPAIGN.

AND I TALKED A LOT ABOUT

WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO REACH

OUT TO THE AVERAGE

AMERICAN.

YES, DO I FEEL LIKE THERE IS

A PART OF ME THAT FEELS THAT

IS UNFINISHED BUSINESS?

YES.

SO I WROTE THE BOOK.

I WANTED PEOPLE IN THIS

ELECTION CYCLE TO SEE THERE

IS A MESSAGE OUT THERE FOR

THE COUNTRY.

IT IS NOT ABOUT REPUBLICAN,

DEMOCRATIC, CONSERVATIVE.

IT IS ABOUT TRYING TO FIND A

MESSAGE THAT CAN ACTUALLY

BRING PEOPL PEOPLE

TOGETHER.

YOU FIND FOLKS EVEN ON THE

OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT

MAY NOT AGREE WITH YOU FROM

A CONSERVATIVE POINT OF

VIEW, BUT SEE THE BENEFITS

IT HAS TO AVERAGE

AMERICANS.

IF WE CAN LAY OUT A

PLAUSIBLE SCENARIO, HOW WE

CAN DO A LEFT-RIGHT

COALITION TO GET

MANUFACTURING JOBS AND

ENERGY JOBS AND CONSTRUCTION

JOBS, AND JOBS THAT REALLY

PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK WITH

THE HANDS THAT CREATE REAL

STABLE MIDDLE AMERICA, I

THINK WE CAN PROBABLY FIND

SOME BIPARTISAN COALITION TO

MAKE THAT HAPPEN.

David: THAT'S RICK

SANTORUM HERE ON TH "THE

BRODY FILE."

SPEAKING OF POTENTIAL G.O.P.

CANDIDATES, SENATOR MARCO

RUBIO IS NOT HOLDING BACK ON

A WHOLE HOST OF TOPICS.

HE SAT DOWN WITH ABC'S "THIS

WEEK," AND WAS ASKED

STRAIGHTFORWARD, DO YOU

THINK YOU'RE READY TO BE

PRESIDENT?

I DO.

BUT I THINK THAT IS TRUE FOR

MULTIPLE OTHER PEOPLE WHO

WANT TO ONE.

I HAVE SAID IT IS SOMETHING

I WILL CONSIDER AT THE END

OF THIS YEAR.

I'LL LOOK AT A NUMBER OF

FACTORS, PERSONAL FACTORS,

AND WHETHER I COULD BEST

PROMOTE THIS MESSAGE AND

ACTUALLY PUT IN PLACE THESE

IDEAS I WANT TO SEE PUT IN

PLACE.

David: HE WENT ON TO

MAKE ONE THING CLEAR: IT IS

ALL OR NOTHING WITH RUBIO.

HE WILL EITHER RUN FOR

PRESIDENT OR KEEP HIS PLACE

IN THE SENATE.

I BELIEVE IF YOU WANT TO

BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

STATES, YOU RUN FOR

PRESIDENT.

YOU DON'T RUN FOR PRESIDENT

WITH SOME EJECT BUTTON IF IT

DOESN'T WORK OUT.

David: AND AN OBVIOUS,

BUT NOT SO OBVIOUS DIG AT

SENATOR RAND PAUL BECAUSE HE

IS LOOKING FOR LEGISLATIVE

WAYS TO KEEP HIS SENATE SEAT

AND RUN FOR PRESIDENT.

WHEN IT COMES TO HILLARY

CLINTON, AND HER WORK AS

SECRETARY OF STATE, HE HAD

THIS TO SAY.

I DON'T THINK SHE HAS A

PASSING GRADE.

BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT THE

DIPLOMACY THAT WAS PURSUED

DURING HER TIME IN THE STATE

DEPARTMENT, IT HAS FAILED

EVERYWHERE.

IF SHE IS GOING TO RUN ON

HER RECORD AS SECRETARY OF

STATE, SHE IS GOING TO HAVE

TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

David: THAT IS SENATOR

MARCO RUBIO SOUNDING AN

AWFUL LOT LIKE A MAN RUNNING

FOR PRESIDENT.

TO ANOTHE ANOTHER POTENTIAL

G.O.P. CANDIDATE, BOBBY

JINDAL.

HE CALLS HIMSELF AN

EVANGELICAL CATHOLIC, AND

HERE IS HOW HE DESCRIBES HIS

WALK WITH JESUS, QUOTE,"A

GIRL I KNEW INVITED ME TO

CHURCH.

HERE I WAS LOOKING FOR A

DATE, AND MEANWHILE SHE WAS

LOOKING TO SAVE MY SOUL.

I FOUND THE GOSPEL MESSAGE

INTRIGUING, BUT I WAS

SKEPTICAL.

I'M AN ANALYTICAL SORT OF

PERSON, SO I DECIDED I WOULD

HAVE TO INVESTIGATE ALL

THESE FANCIFUL CLAIMS SO I

STARTED READING THIS BIBLE,

OFTENTIMES IN MY CLOSET

BECAUSE I WASN'T SURE HOW MY

PARENTS WOULD RESPOND.

I READ THE WORDS OF JESUS

CHRIST AND I REALIZED THEY

WERE TRUE.

I USED TO THINK THAT I HAD

FOUND GOD.

BUT I BELIEVE IT IS MORE

ACCURATE TO SAY THAT HE

FOUND ME.

AND IT HAPPENED BECAUSE

PEOPLE WERE BRAVE ENOUGH TO

PLANT SEEDS OF THE GOSPEL IN

MY LIFE.

MANY YEARS LATER, WHEN I

BECAME A CANDIDATE FOR

POLITICAL OFFICE, IN ONE OF

MY FIRST DEBATES I GOT THE

QUESTION: WHAT IS THE SINGLE

MOST IMPORTANT MOMENT IN

YOUR LIFE.

I DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING

NEW IN POLITICS, I TOLD THE

AUDIENCE THE TRUTH.

THAT THE MOST SIGNIFICANT

MOMENT OF MY LIFE IS WHEN I

TURNED IT OVER TO JESUS

CHRIST AND ACKNOWLEDGED HIM

AS MY SAVIOR."

THAT IS POWERFUL, POWERFUL

WORDS FROM BOBBY JINDAL.

ALL RIGHT, WHEN WE CONTINUE

HERE ON "THE BRODY FILE,"

JENNY AND THE "B" BLOCK WITH

THE STORY OF PRESIDENT OBAMA

GIVING UP CONTROL.

NO, NO, NOT CONTROL OF THE

PRESIDENCY, BUT OF THE

INTERNET?

THE STORY, NEXT.

David: AND WELCOME

BACK, EVERYBODY.

WITH BIG GOVERNMENT AT IT

AGAIN, THIS TIME THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION MAY BE

ACTUALLY GIVING UP POWER.

WELL, IT REALLY COULD PROVE

TO BE DETRIMENTAL FOR PEOPLE

ALL OVER THE WORLD.

AND TO DIG DEEPER INTO THIS

ISSUE, WE HAD TO GET A

LITTLE HELP FROM JENNY AND

THE "B" BLOCK.

*

YOU GO, GIRL *

DAVID, THE U.S., WITH OR

WITHOUT THE HELP OF

ALLEGORY, INVENTED THE

INTERNET AS A MILITARY

FUNCTION.

SINCE IT HAS BEEN A

COMMERCIAL ENTITY, THE U.S.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE HAS

MANAGED INTERNET TRAFFIC AND

ASSIGNED WEBSITE ADDRESSES,

BUT NOW THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO HAND

OVER THE KEYS TO A

MULTI-NATIONAL ORGANIZATION,

A MOVE THAT MANY PEOPLE FEAR

WILL MUZZLE FREE SPEECH

AROUND THE WORLD.

AMERICA HAS ALWAYS HAD A

HAND IN THE MANAGING OF THE

WORLD WIDE WEB, EVEN

CONSERVATIVES WHO TYPICALLY

WANT TO LIMIT THE ROLE OF

GOVERNMENT SAY IT IS AN

EXAMPLE OF WASHINGTON DOING

SOMETHING WELL.

IT IS A VERY RELAXED

CONTROL, WHICH IS WHY I

THINK WE HAVE SEEN THE

INTERNET GROW TO BE AN

INCREDIBLE VOICE OF FREEDOM,

NOT JUST IN THE UNITED

STATES BUT AROUND THE

WORLD.

Reporter: IN THE LATE

'90s, THE COMMERCE

DEPARTMENT FORMED A

NON-PROFIT AGENCY CALLED THE

INTERNET CORPORATION FOR

ASSIGNED NAMES AND NUMBERS,

WHICH GOVERNS THE SYSTEM AND

DIRECTS INTERNET TRAFFIC.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT EVERY

E-MAIL, EVERY TIME YOU

SEARCH SOMETHING ON GOOGLE.

EVERY TRANSACTION.

Reporter: BUT FOLLOWING

EDWARD SNOWDEN'S REVELATIONS

ABOUT AMERICA'S SPYING

ACTIVITIES, THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION IS FEELING

INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE, TO

GIVE AWAY AUTHORITY TO

DIRECT WEB TRAFFIC.

EVEN THE HEAD OF ICAN SAYS

EVERYONE DESERVES A VOICE IN

THE MANAGEMENT OF IT AS

EQUAL PARTNERS.

BUT THE BIG QUESTION IS, IF

THE INTERNET ISN'T IN U.S.

HANDS, WHO'S HANDS DO WE

TRUST?

CHINA AND RUSSIA ARE WAITING

IN THE WINGS TO BUILD A

VACUUM IF THE U.S. CEASES

CONTROL.

AND THERE IS A CHANCE IT

COULD END UP IN THE HANDS OF

THE INTERNATIONAL

TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION.

THEY HAVE PASSED A

RESOLUTION FOR THEM TO SHUT

OFF WEBSITES.

Reporter: CONGRESS IS

CONSIDERING TWO ACTIONS, ONE

DELAYS THE TRANSFER OF

CONTROL, AND ANOTHER

REQUIRES CONGRESSIONAL

APPROVAL BEFORE THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION CAN ACT.

AND THERE IS BIPARTISAN

CONCERN.

EVEN FORMER PRESIDENT BILL

CLINTON THINKS THE

ADMINISTRATION'S PLANS ARE A

BAD IDEA.

A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE

BEEN TRYING TO TAKE THE

AUTHORITY AWAY FROM THE

UNITED STATES WANTED TO DO

IT FOR THE SOUL PURPOSE OF

CRACKING DOWN ON INTERNET

FREEDOM AND LIMITING IT, AND

HAVING GOVERNMENTS PROTECT

THEIR BACKSIDES INSTEAD OF

EMPOWER THEIR PEOPLE.

Reporter: AND AMERICANS

ARE ALSO CONCERNED.

NEARLY 120,000 PEOPLE HAVE

SIGNED THIS PETITION TO KEEP

THE CONTROL OF THE INTERNET

IN THE LAND OF THE FREE.

FOR "THE BRODY FILE," I'M

JENNIFER WISHON.

David: THANKS, JENNY.

COMING NEXT, WHEN IT COMES

TO THE BIG BIBLE

BLOCKBUSTERS, DOES BIBLICAL

ACCURACY REALLY MATTER TO

VIEWERS?

MORE ON "THE BRODY FILE,"

NEXT.

David: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "THE BRODY FILE."

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THE BIG

DEBATE OVER THE MOVIE NOAH.

A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE UPSET IT

DOESN'T ACTUALLY FOLLOW THE

TRUE STORY OF NOAH IN THE

BIBLE.

THEY CONDUCTED A POLL, AND

THEY FOUND OUT 60% OF PEOPLE

WANT HOLLYWOOD ADAPTATIONS

TO STICK CLOSELY TO THE

SCRIPTURE.

AND ANOTHER 23% SAID IT IS

OKAY FOR THEM TO TAKE

ARTISTIC LICENSE.

AND 10% SAID BIBLE STORIES

NEED TO BE KEPT OFF THE BIG

SCREEN.

WHEN WE COME BACK, A SPOOF

OF VLADIMIR PUTIN BETWEEN

SARAH PALIN AND LATE NIGHT

HOST JIMMY FALLON.

WHAT'S THAT ALL ABOUT?

THAT STORY, NEXT.

David: AND WELCOME

BACK.

SO WE'RE MIXING THE LATEST

IN POLITICAL NEWS AND POP

CONSULT.

AMBER STRONG, BACK WITH

ANOTHER EDITION OF

POPLITICAL.

THIS WEEK WE'RE TALKING

SELFIES, THAT ALL-IMPORTANT

PICTURE YOU JUST HAVE TO

GET.

NO MATTER THE TIME OR THE

PLACE...WE'VE EVEN GONE AS

FAR AS TURNING FAMOUS

PICTURES INTO, YOU GUESSED

IT, SELFIES.

AND EVERYONE IS GETTING IN

ON THE ACTION LATELY.

EVEN A POLITICIAN.

SO WE HERE AT "POPLITICAL"

HAD TO POP THE QUESTION: IF

YOU COULD TAKE A PICTURE

WITH ANY POLITICIAN, WHO

WOULD IT BE AND WHY.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

WHY?

BECAUSE HE WAS

REVOLUTIONARY AND PRETTY

MUCH CHANGED AMERICA.

THAT'S A TOUGH QUESTION.

I WOULD PROBABLY HAVE TO SAY

ABRAHAM LINCOLN BECAUSE OF

EVERYTHING HE DID FOR US,

WHAT HE DID FOR OUR

COUNTRY.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN IS

POPULAR, SO YOU DID VERY

WELL.

THAT'S A GOOD ANSWER.

I WOULD PROBABLY TAKE A

SELFIE WITH THE FIRST PRIME

MINISTER OF INDIA, WHEN THEY

GOT INDEPENDENCE, BUT ONLY

BECAUSE I WANT TO ASK HIM A

QUESTION.

WHY WAS HE SO POLITICAL THAT

HE HAD TO DIVIDE INDIA INTO

PAKISTAN.

BILL CLINTON.

WHY?

BECAUSE I WENT TO

GEORGETOWN, AND I THINK IT

WOULD BE NICE TO CHAT WITH

HIM, AND TALK ABOUT HIS

EXPERIENCES.

AND HE IS ALSO STILL PRETTY

POWERFUL TODAY.

Reporter: I LIKE IT.

YOHE TOOK A SELFIE WITH

JIMMY KIMMEL LAST WEEK.

I KNOW.

A SELFIE.

Reporter: YOU'RE UP ON

YOUR POP CULTURE AND YOUR

POLITICS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Reporter: YOU SHOULD

HOST THIS SHOW.

ALL RIGHT, SO IT IS THE

ULTIMATE OF COMBINATION OF

POLITICS AND POP CULTURE.

FORMER PRESIDENTIAL

CONTENDER RICK SANTORUM IS

MAKING MOVIES.

THAT'S RIGHT, HE IS THE

C.E.O. OF ECHO LIGHT

STUDIOS.

TAKE A LOOK.

WE'VE DONE TWO

PRODUCTIONS SINCE I HAVE

BEEN C.E.O.

ONE IS "THE CHRISTMAS

CANDLE," WHICH IS A

BEAUTIFUL FILM AND IT CAME

OUT AT CHRISTMASTIME.

AND WE'RE REALLY EXCITED

ABOUT RELEASING THE D.V.D.

FOR THIS CHRISTMAS.

A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WANTED

TO SEE THE FILM COULDN'T SEE

IT, AND NOW THEY'RE GETTING

THE OPPORTUNITY.

SO WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT

THAT.

AND THEN WE HAVE A MOVIE ON

THE HALLMARK CHANNEL WHICH

IS CALLED "THE REDEMPTION OF

HENRY MARKS," AND IT IS

STRAIGHT DOWN THE LINE AND

SORT OF A FAITH STORY.

HOW LONG HAVE I BEEN

HERE?

THREE DAYS.

YOU WERE PRETTY NEAR DEATH

WHEN WE FOUND YOU.

GOD MUST HAVE SOMETHING

PLANNED FOR YOU.

IF WE COULD ONLY FIGURE

OUT HOW TO GET SANTORUM TO

CAST ME IN HIS NEXT MOVIE,

OR TAKE A SELFIE WITH ME.

THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S

"POPLITICAL," AND BACK TO

YOU, DAVID.

THAT DAVID ORTEZ,

PRESIDENT OBAMA SELFIE

TURNED OUT TO BE AN

ADVERTISEMENT FOR SAMSUNG.

SPEAKING OF WALKING THE LINE

OF POLITICS AND POP CULTURE,

IT SEEMS THESE DAYS THAT NO

POLITICAL CAREER IS COMPLETE

WITHOUT A STOP BY THE

LATE-NIGHT TV TALK SHOWS.

SARAH PALIN IS NO STRANGER

TO THE LATE-NIGHT COUCHES.

THIS IS A SPOOF OF VLADIMIR

PUTIN AND PALIN.

IT IS NOT PUTIN, IT IS

LATE-NIGHT HOST JIMMY

FALLON.

AFTER HE TALKED TO

PRESIDENT OBAMA, PUTIN MADE

ANOTHER PHONE CALL, TO

SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY

PREDICTED HIS INVASION OF

UKRAINE BACK IN 2008.

HEY, THIS IS SARAH.

HELLO, MS. PALIN, IT IS

MY VLADIMIR.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING

CALLING ME?

I HEARD BACK IN 2008 YOU

PREDICTED THAT I WOULD

INVADE UKRAINE.

IS THIS TRUE?

YOU BETCHA, VLAD.

YOU BETCHA, VLAD.

I ONCE INVADED A COUNTRY

CALLED "YOU BETCHA, VLAD.

MY ADVICE TO YOU WOULD BE

YOU GET THOSE TROOPS OF

UKRAINE RIGHT NOW.

CAPTAIN BUZZ-KILL, IT WAS

A JOKE.

BUT I COULD HAVE USED YOUR

POWERS IN MARCH MADNESS.

MY BRACKET WAS TOTALLY

BUSTED.

HOW IS YOUR BRACKET DOING?

THANKS FOR ASKING.

BRACKET IS GOOD.

HE WILL BE SIX THIS MONTH.

David: SHE HAS A KNACK

FOR THOSE COMEDY BITS.

MAYBE SHE HAS FOUND HER

CALLING.

HERE IS A STRAIGHT-UP

QUESTION FOR YOU: IS SARAH

PALIN RELEVANT?

THE ANSWER IS A BIT

COMPLICATED.

IS SHE TAKEN SERIOUSLY AS A

POLITICIAN BY THE MAINSTREAM

MEDIA?

NO.

BUT DO THEY STILL PAY

ATTENTION TO HER EVERY

MOVE?

YOU BETCHA.

WHY IS THAT?

PART OF IT HAS TO DO WITH

THE FACT THAT THERE IS A

CERTAIN CARNIVAL ATMOSPHERE

SURROUNDING HOW SHE GOES

ABOUT HER BUSINESS.

SHE IS PLAYING THE FLUTE

THERE.

SHE KNOWS HOW TO COMMAND AN

AUDIENCE AND ENTERTAIN.

AND SHE STILL HAS A ROBUST,

DEDICATED FOLLOWING.

I'M TALKING ABOUT HOW IN

CERTAIN CONGRESSIONAL

DISTRICTS IN THE COUNTRY,

HER WORD MATTERS BECAUSE AN

ENDORSEMENT FROM SARAH PALIN

CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR A

CANDIDATE IN A TIGHT RACE.

AND LET'S BE TOTALLY

TRUTHFUL HERE, AS MUCH AS

THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA CAN'T

STAND HER, THEY LISTEN TO

WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY.

SHE HAS A MEGA PHONE.

AND LIBERALS MAY CALL THAT A

BIT SCARY, BUT PALIN HAS THE

POWER TO REALLY HELP SHAPE

THE POLITICAL CONVERSATION

IN AMERICA.

AND THAT'S THE DIRTY LITTLE

SECRET THAT LIBERALS WOULD

RATHER NOT HEAR BUT IT IS

THE TRUE.

WHEN WE COME BACK, THE

OY-VEY MOMENT OF THE WEEK, A

MOMENT FROZEN IN TIME.

David: AND WELCOME

BACK.

WE LOVE GAMES HERE ON "THE

BRODY FILE," SO RIDDLE ME

THIS, BATMAN.

WHAT DO A POLITICAL

CAMPAIGN, A NAME CHANGE, AND

A DISNEY PRINCESS HAVE IN

COMMON?

THE ANSWER IS IN OUR OY-VEY

MOMENT OF THE WEEK.

WELL, A CAMPAIGN SEASON CAN

BRING OUT THE CREATIVE

GENIUS IN MANY OF OUR

POLITICIANS, AND IF YOU WANT

TO GET A POINT ACROSS, TO

ATTRACT THE MASSES, YOU HAVE

GOT TO USE SOMETHING

POPULAR.

THERE IS NOTHING MORE

POPULAR THAN DISNEY.

YOU SEE WHERE I'M GOING WITH

THIS.

I WANT YOU TO MEET TEXAS

LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR DAVID

DUHURST.

HE DECIDED TO SHARE THE

DETAILS OF HIS OPPONENT, DAN

PATRICK'S PAST, IN A VERSE.

HE RELEASED A PARODY OF THE

SONG, "LET IT GO."

* I CHANGED MY NAME TO COVER

MY PAST, TO COVER MY

BANKRUPT SCENE *

* NOW THE VOTERS KNOW MY

SECRETS, THEY KNOW I HAD ALL

THESE TAX LEANS *

* DANNY, GO, DANNY GO

* I CAN'T LIE TO YOU

ANYMORE *

* THAT'S MY NAME, DANNY

GO *

* AND I'VE GOT LIES TO

ANSWER FOR *

[LAUGHTER]

David: THAT'S CRAZY.

SORRY.

BUT IN THE SONG HE TALKS

ABOUT PATRICK ALLEGEDLY

CHANGING HIS NAME TO "DANNY

GO" TO HIDE A PAST

BANKRUPTCY WHERE HE LEFT

$800,000 IN LET.

I CAN SEE HOW THAT WORKS.

GREAT EFFECTS THERE, TOO.

OY-GEVALT.

PATRICK SAYS HE CHAIMPLEGD

CHANGED HIS NAME TO ENTER A

CAREER IN BROADCASTING, NOT

TO HIDE FROM THIS PAST.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION, DAVID

BRODY IS MY REAL NAME, SO

SAVE YOURSELF THE TROUBLE OF

CREATING ANY SORT OF PARODY

LIKE THAT.

THAT'S IT FOR "THE BRODY

FILE."

UNTIL NEXT TIME, GOD BLESS

YOU AND HAVE A GREAT WEEK.

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