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The Brody File: Ted Cruz's Big Win - February 4, 2016

This week on the Brody File we take a look at Ted Cruz's victory in Iowa. Plus, the man behind the senator: a one on one interview with Senator Cruz's preacher father, Rafael Cruz. Read Transcript


WELCOME, EVERYBODY, TO

"THE BRODY FILE."

WE'RE GLAD YOU'RE WITH US

THIS WEEK.

I'M JENNIFER WISHON,

A.K.A. JENNY AND THE "B"

BLOCK, WHO IS IN ALL OF

THE BLOCKS THIS WEEK

BECAUSE DAVID IS

RECOVERING FROM BEING IN

IOWA FOR TWO STRAIGHT

WEEKS.

UNLIKE DONALD TRUMP, WE DO

NOT BELIEVE HE IS GOING TO

BUY A FARM, BUT WE CAN

CONFIRM HE IS LOOKING INTO

BUYING ALL OF THE TACO

BELL RESTAURANTS IN THE

HAWKEYE STATES.

THE IOWA CAUCUS RESULTS

ARE IN THE BOOKS, AND TED

CRUZ CAME OUT THE BIG

WINNER.

HE CAN THANK EVANGELICALS

WHO TURNED OUT IN RECORD

NUMBERS.

THE CRUZ GROUND GAME WAS

SUPERB.

A RECAP FROM HEATHER

SELLS.

Heather: COMPARED TO

2012, 60,000 MORE IOWANS

SHOWED UP FOR THE G.O.P.

CAUCUSES THIS YEAR, AND

TWO-THIRDS WERE

EVANGELICAL.

THAT CLEARLY HELPED

SENATOR TED CRUZ WHO EDGED

PAST DONALD TRUMP AND

MARCO RUBIO FOR THE

VICTORY.

TONIGHT IS A VICTORY

FOR COURAGEOUS

CONVERSATION ACROSS IOWA

AND ALL ACROSS THIS GREAT

NATION.

HE JUST HAD A MESSAGE

THAT REALLY RESONATED, I

THINK, WITH THE PEOPLE OF

IOWA.

CONSTITUTIONAL

CONSERVATISM.

I THINK PEOPLE SEE HIS

INTEGRITY.

THEY SEE IS TRUE AND REAL.

HE IS A REAL PERSON.

HE IS NOT JUST SOME

POLITICIAN UP THERE.

Heather: THE CAUCUSES

DELIVERED SECOND PLACE TO

DONALD TRUMP, WHO

RESPONDED WITH

UNCHARACTERISTIC MODESTY.

WE FINISHED SECOND, AND

I WANT TO TELL YOU

SOMETHING, I'M JUST

HONORED, REALLY HONORED.

Reporter: AND THEY

VALIDATED THE CAMPAIGN OF

MARCO RUBIO, JUST ONE

PERCENTAGE POINT BEHIND

TRUMP.

TONIGHT WE HAVE TAKEN

THE FIRST STEP, BUT AN

IMPORTANT STEP, TOWARDS

WINNING THIS ELECTION.

Reporter: NOTABLY THE

CAUCUSES DELIVERED A FINAL

BLOW TO MARK HUCKABEE, HU

CALLEWHOCALLED IT QUITS.

AND HILLARY CLINTON AND

BERNIE SANDERS FINISHED IN

A VIRTUAL DEAD HEAT.

IT WAS A DISAPPOINTMENT

FOR CLINTON, WHO HAD HOPED

FOR A CLEAR VICTORY.

AND IT BROUGHT BACK

MEMORIES OF HER 2008 LOSS

TO BARACK OBAMA.

BUT SHE PROMISED TO KEEP

FIGHTING.

I AM EXCITED ABOUT

REALLY GETTING INTO THE

DEBATE WITH SENATOR

SANDERS ABOUT THE BEST WAY

FORWARD TO FIGHT FOR US

AND AMERICA.

THE PEOPLE OF IOWA HAVE

SENT A VERY PROFOUND

MESSAGE TO THE POLITICAL

ESTABLISHMENT.

Heather: FOR BOTH

PARTIES, THAT

ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT MESSAGE

CANNOT BE IGNORED.

AND NEITHER CAN THE NEW

HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY JUST

SEVEN DAYS AWAY.

CONVENTIONAL WISDOM SAYS

IT MAY PROVIDE FRIENDLIER

TERRITORY FOR SANDERS AND

TRUMP, BUT THIS, OF

COURSE, IS ANYTHING BUT A

CONVENTIONAL YEAR.

Jennifer: THAT WAS

HEATHER SELLS REPORTING.

THERE IS SO MUCH TO

UNPACK, BUT LET'S START

WITH THIS.

TED CRUZ IS NOT LIKE MIKE

HUCKABEE OR RICK SANTORUM.

THEY WON THE LAST

CAUCUSES.

BUT WHEN THEY CAME OUT OF

IOWA, THEY REALLY DIDN'T

HAVE MUCH MONEY OR

ORGANIZATION TO DO ANYMORE

DAMAGE.

CRUZ, HOWEVER, HAS PLENTY

OF CASH AND A CAMPAIGN

THAT IS A WELL-OILED

MACHINE.

PLUS HIS TEAVANGELICAL

MESSAGE SEEMS TO BE

RESONATING.

LET ME SAY, FIRST OF

ALL, TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

TONIGHT IS A VICTORY FOR

THE GRASSROOTS.

[CHEERING]

TONIGHT IS A VICTORY FOR

COURAGEOUS CONSERVATIVES

ACROSS IOWA AND ALL ACROSS

THIS GREAT NATION.

[CHEERING]

Jennifer: AS FOR

TRUMP, YOU WOULD THINK HE

WOULD HATE SECOND PLACE,

AND, TRUST ME, IT IS NOT

SITTING WELL.

BUT HE ACTUALLY

OVERPERFORMED IN IOWA

SINCE NO ONE GAVE HIM A

CHANCE TO DO WELL IN

EVANGELICAL-HEAVY IOWA.

OUR BRODY FILE FILE CREW

WAS ON HAND TO TALK TO

SOME OF TRUMP'S

DISAPPOINTED SUPPORTERS.

DONALD I DONALD IS A GREAT GUY.

I BELIEVE HE'LL DO WELL

FROM HERE ON OUT.

I THINK A LOT OF VOTERS

CONNECT WITH TED CRUZ AND

RUBIO MORE BECAUSE THEY

TALK MORE ABOUT HOW THEY

HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH

JESUS CHRIST AND GOD.

AND DONALD DOESN'T DO THAT

AS MUCH.

I THINK DONALD HAS A

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

I JUST DON'T THINK HE

TALKED ABOUT IT MUCH.

AND I DON'T THINK IT IS AS

MUCH OF HIS STUMP SPEECH.

I THINK IOWANS RELATE MORE

TO CRUZ AND RUBIO.

I THINK IT WAS A GREAT

SHOWING FOR DONALD.

I BELIEVE HE WILL DO FINE

IN THE REST OF THE

COUNTRY.

Reporter: SO YOU'RE

WITH HIM ALL OF THE WAY?

I'M WITH HIM ALL OF THE

WAY.

Jennifer: THIS WOULD

BE THE PART OF THE SHOW

WHERE DAVID WOULD BURST

INTO A BRODY FILE

COMMENTARY, BUT SINCE HE

IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND, WE

DECIDED TO IMPORT HIM INTO

THE SHOW VIA TV MAGIC.

Pat: WE HAVE WITH US

OUR POLITICAL

CORRESPONDENT DAVID BRODY.

HE IS GAINING QUITE A LOT

OF STATURE FOR HIS

ANALYSIS OF THE

EVANGELICALS.

DAVID, IT IS GOOD TO HAVE

YOU WITH US TODAY.

WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THESE

RESULTS OUT OF IOWA?

David: WELL, FIRST

OF ALL, PAT, LET ME SAY I

CARRY A BOTTLE OF EXCEDRIN

WITH ME AT ALL TIMES

DURING THIS CAMPAIGN.

IT IS ONE OF THOSE

COMPAIGNS FOR SURE.

LOOK, I THINK THE BOTTOM

LINE HERE ON ALL OF THIS

IS THAT TED CRUZ HAD A

PHENOMENAL GROUND GAME.

HE WAS MOBILIZING PASTORS.

HE HAS $18 MILLION NOW TO

GO ON TO NEW HAMPSHIRE AND

OTHER PLACES.

HE HAS GOT A LOT OF MONEY.

HE IS NOT HUCKABEE OR

SANTORUM BECAUSE HE HAS

MONEY TO BACK IT UP GOING

FORWARD.

AND WHAT HE DID IN IOWA

WAS BECAUSE OF THE MONEY

THAT WAS COMING IN.

SO THIS IS A CLEAR VICTORY

FOR TED CRUZ.

THE QUESTION REALLY

BECOMES WHAT HAPPENS TO

DONALD TRUMP AND MARCO

RUBIO GOING FORWARD.

IOWA HAS SCRAMBLED THIS

WHOLE THING.

THIS THING IS WIDE OPEN.

TED CRUZ CAN CLAIM

VICTORY, AND MARCO RUBIO

CAN ALSO CLAIM VICTORY FOR

COMING ON STRONG.

AND DONALD TRUMP -- LET'S

BE HONEST WITH DONALD

TRUMP.

WHOEVER THOUGHT DONALD

TRUMP WOULD EVEN BE IN

THIS IOWA RACE TO BEGIN

WITH, LET ALONE COME IN

SECOND IN

EVANGELICAL-HEAVY IOWA.

AND HE IS POLLING VERY

WELL IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

WE'VE GOT A RACE ON OUR

HANDS, PAT.

Pat: DID YOU TALK TO

HIS PEOPLE ABOUT WHETHER

IT WAS A MISTAKE TO PULL

OUT OF THAT IOWA DEBATE?

WHAT DO THEY TELL YOU?

THEY'RE NOT GOING TO

SAY IT IS A MISTAKE AT

ALL.

HAVING SAID THAT, TED

CRUZ'S CAMPAIGN HAS SOME

INTERNAL POLLING

SUGGESTING IT WAS A

MISTAKE.

NITY A HUGE BLUNDER, BUT

SOMETHING THAT HURT AT THE

MARGINS.

IF YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THE

EXIT POLLS, MOST OF THE

FOLKS THAT WERE VOTING AT

THE LAST MOMENT, THOSE WHO

HADN'T MADE UP THEIR MIND

WERE GOING FOR MARCO RUBIO

OR TED CRUZ, SO HE NEEDED

TO BE IN THAT DEBUT.

SO IT HURT HIM AT THE

MARGINS FOR SURE, PAT.

Jennifer: ALL RIGHT,

WHEN "THE BRODY FILE"

COMES BACK, TED CRUZ, JUST

ONE-ON-ONE.

WE'RE BACK IN A MOMENT.

CRIEMP

Jennifer: WELCOME

BACK TO "THE BRODY FILE."

WE HAVEN'T OFFICIALLY

CALCULATED IT, BUT WE'RE

PRETTY SURE TED CRUZ HAS

THE MOST BRODY FILE

INTERVIEWS OVER ANY OTHER

CANDIDATE.

EVEN MORE FACE TIME THAN

DAVID BRODY -- WELL, MAYBE

NOT THAT MUCH FACE TIME.

OUR LAST BRODY FILE

INTERVIEW WITH HIM WAS A

FEW DAYS BEFORE THE IOWA

CAUCUS.

IT TOOK PLACE IN DES

MOINES, IOWA, WHERE DAVID

AND CREW SAT DOWN WITH THE

SENATOR.

David: SENATOR CRUZ,

LET ME ASK YOU, WHAT

SPECIFICALLY DO YOU NEED

TO DO TO BEAT DONALD TRUMP

IN IOWA.

DAVID, I'M TREMENDOUSLY

ENCOURAGED.

WE'RE SITTING HERE AND

WE'RE 167 HOURS OUT FROM

THE IOWA CAUCUSES, AND

MONDAY NIGHT THE IOWA

CAUCUSES WILL DECIDE.

WE'VE HAD NEVER-ENDING

ATTACKS OF SMOKE AND FIRE

AND FIREWORKS, BUT NOW IT

JUST COMES DOWN TO THE

PEOPLE OF IOWA.

IT COMES DOWN TO THE

GRASSROOTSMENT ANGRASSROOTS.

AND IT HAS BECOME A

TWO-MAN RACE BETWEEN ME

AND DONALD.

AND IT RIGHT NOW IS

NECK-IN-NECK.

IT COMES DOWN TO TURNOUT,

WHO SHOWS UP NEXT MONDAY.

I THINK IT PRESENTS TO THE

PEOPLE OF IOWA A VERY

CLEAR CHOICE: IF THEY WANT

A CANDIDATE WITH A PROVEN

RECORD, SOMEONE WHO HAS

STOOD AND FOUGHT FOR THE

PRINCIPLES AND ISSUES AND

VALUES THAT WE SHARE,

WHETHER LIFE, WHETHER

MARRIAGE, WHETHER

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, WHETHER

FIGHTING TO STOP

OBAMACARE, FIGHTING TO

DEFEND THE SECOND

AMENDMENT, FIGHTING TO

STAND UP TO IRAN AND

RADICAL ISLAMIC

TERRORISTS, AND I'LL TELL

YOU, I COULD NOT BE MORE

ENCOURAGED BECAUSE WE'RE

SEEING TWO THINGS

HAPPENING: ONE, WE'RE

SEEING THE WASHINGTON

ESTABLISHMENT VERY MUCH

RALLYING AROUND DONALD

TRUMP.

IT IS A REMARKABLE

DEVELOPMENT.

THREE WEEKS AGO, NOBODY

WOULD HAVE BELIEVED IT IS

POSSIBLE.

BUT WHAT IS HAPPENING, THE

WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT

IS LEAVING MARCO RUBIO,

THEY HAVE DETERMINED THEY

DON'T THINK MARCO CAN WIN,

AND THEY'RE RUSHING TO

DONALD.

AT THE SAME TIME WHAT

WE'RE SEEING IS

CONSERVATIVES UNITING

BEHIND OUR CAMPAIGN.

AND IT IS TREMENDOUSLY

ENCOURAGING BECAUSE IF

CONSERVATIVES UNITE, IF

THEY SHOW UP AND VOTE NEXT

MONDAY IN THE IOWA CAUCUS

CAUCUSES, WE'LL WIN.

LISTEN, AT THE END OF THE

DAY, WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS

VOTERS IN IOWA MAKING A

DETERMINATION ON THE

GROUND.

I DON'T BELIEVE ANYONE IS

GOING TO WIN IOWA FROM A

TV STUDIO IN MANHATTAN OR

A TV STUDIO IN D.C.

I WAS GOING TO BE ONE ON

THE GROUND.

WE'RE GOING TO 99

COUNTIES.

ALL 99 COUNTIES IN IOWA,

STANDING IN FRONT OF THE

MEN AND WOMEN OF IOWA AND

ANSWERING THEIR QUESTIONS.

IT TAKES A HUMILITY TO

SUBMIT YOURSELF TO THE

VOTERS AND ASK FOR THEIR

SUPPORT.

TO GO TO THE VFW HALLS AND

PEOPLE'S LIVING ROOMS AND

TAKE THE HARD QUESTIONS.

THAT'S THE IOWA WAY.

Jennifer: COMING UP

NEXT, LIKE FATHER, LIKE

SON.

A CLOSER LOOK AT RAFAEL

CRUZ, TED'S FIRE AND BRIM

STONE PASTOR FATHER.

BACK IN A MOMENT.

Jennifer: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "THE BRODY FILE."

ONE OF THE BIG REASONS TED

CRUZ WON IOWA IS BECAUSE

HE DID SO WELL WITH

EVANGELICALS.

HE CAN THANK A LOT OF HIS

CAMPAIGN TEAM FOR HAVING A

ROBUST "GET-OUT-THE-VOTE"

CAMPAIGN.

BUT THERE IS ONE PERSON HE

NEEDS TO GIVE AN EXTRA

SPECIAL HUG TO, HIS

FATHER, RAFAEL CRUZ.

HE IS A TRAVELLING

PREACHER IN HIS LATE 70s

WHO TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF

TO MOBILIZE PASTORS ALL

OVER THE COUNTRY FOR HIS

SON.

IT IS A REMARKABLE STORY

AND ONE YOU'LL ONLY HEAR

ABOUT ON "THE BRODY FILE."

DAVID SAT DOWN WITH HIM A

FEW MONTHS AGO AND HAS

MORE.

David: SENATOR TED

CRUZ'S PRESIDENTIAL

CAMPAIGN WILL LIKELY BE

MARKED BY HIS SIGNATURE

FIERY RIDDER RICK.

RHETORIC.

JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO,

JIMMY CARTER CRITICIZED

THIS PRESIDENCY FOR BEING

WEAK ON FOREIGN POLICY.

HOLY COW.

David: THIS IS

76-YEAR-OLD PASTOR RAFAEL

CRUZ IN ACTION.

THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION HAS BOTH

HANDS IN YOUR POCKET.

David: IT SEEMS TO

BE A CLASSIC LIKE FATHER,

LIKE SON SCENARIO, TWO

GENERATIONS OF PASSIONATE

CHRISTIANS WHO OVERCAME

HUGE ODDS.

THE SON, AN ALMOST UNKNOWN

CANDIDATE BECOMING A U.S.

SENATOR, THANKS IN PART TO

A FATHER WHO HAD IT EVEN

TOUGHER.

BORN IN CUBA, YOUNG RAFAEL

FACED PRISON AND TORTURE,

FIGHTING AGAINST THE

DICTATORSHIP.

AFTER HIS RELEASE, HE

CONVINCED THE GOVERNMENT

TO LET HIM LEAVE FOR

AMERICA ON A COLLEGE

SCHOLARSHIP.

MY SPEAKING ABILITY WAS

LIMITED TO MAYBE TOM IS A

BOYBOY; MARY IS A GIRL.

MY DAD HAS BEEN MY HERO

MY WHOLE LIFE.

BUT WHAT I HAVE ALWAYS

FOUND MOST EXTRAORDINARY

ABOUT HIS STORY IS HOW

COMMON PLACE IT IS.

David: SO IN THE

LATEST 1950s HERE IN

AMERICA, HIS FATHER WORKED

HARD BY WASHING DISHES,

STARTED A FAMILY, AND MOST

IMPORTANTLY HE GOT SAVED.

RAPHAEL MOBILIZED

CHRISTIANS TO ELECT RONALD

REAGAN.

YOUNG TED TOOK IT ALL IN.

OUR CONVERSATION AROUND

THE DINNER TABLE CENTERED

ON POLITICS, AS TO WHY WE

HAD TO GET RID OF THIS

LEFTEST PROGRESSIVE CALLED

JIMMY CARTER.

TED GOT A DOSE OF

CONSERVATIVE POLITICS FROM

A BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW ON A

DAILY BASIS FOR A WHOLE

YEAR WHEN HE WAS NINE

YEARS OLD.

David: FATHER AND

SON EVENTUALLY SET OUT ON

SEPARATE PATHS, TOWARDS

ONE GOAL: PROMOTING JUDEO

CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES BY

FUSING BOTH FAITH AND

POLITICS.

VERY, VERY CLEARLY THE

BIBLE TELLS YOU WHO TO

VOTE FOR.

> JESUS SAID WE'RE TO BE

LIGHT IN THE WORLD, SALT

IN THE EARTH.

THAT MEANS WE NEED TO

BRING THAT LIGHT, WE NEED

TO BE PART OF EVERY ASPECT

OF SOCIETY.

David: AND FOR

RAFAEL, THAT INCLUDES

POLITICS, BY SPEAKING OUT

BOLDLY ON THE ISSUES OF

THE DAY.

LET ME ASK YOU, DAVID,

AREN'T YOU SICK AND TIRED

OF MEN AND WOMEN LYING IN

GOVERNMENT.

THEY TELL YOU ONE LIE TO

COVER UP THE PREVIOUS LIE.

WHETHER IT IS "FAST AND

FURIOUS" OR BENGHAZI OR

THE I.R.S. OR THE N.S.A.,

OR EBOLA, OR THE MISSING

E-MAILS, IT IS LIES UPON

LIES UPON LIES.

David: RAFAEL CRUZ

KNOWS HIS COMMENTS AND

SERMONS WILL LIKELY

ATTRACT MEDIA ATTENTION.

GOVERNORING BY DEGREE,

BY EXECUTIVE ORDER, JUST

LIKE A DI DICTATOR, LIKE

FIDEL CASTRO.

David: ARE YOU READY

FOR THE SCRUTINY BECAUSE

YOU ARE A TRAVELLING

PREACHER, IF YOU WILL, AND

YOU SPEAK BOLDING AND YOU

SPEAK THE TRUTH ABOUT

JESUS, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE

CAN'T HANDLE THAT.

WHAT ARE WE TO DO?

JESUS SAID, YOU DON'T TAKE

A LIGHT AND HIDE IT UNDER

A BUSHEL.

YOU PUT IT ON A LAMP

STAND.

WE HAVE TO EXPOSE THE

TRUTH.

AND THOSE WHO DON'T ADHERE

TO THE TRUTH ARE GOING TO

REACT AGAINST THE TRUTH.

THAT IS ONLY NATURAL.

SO I WOULD SAY I GET

ENERGIZED.

IF WE HAD NO ONE

CRITICIZING WHAT WE'RE

SAYING, PERHAPS WE'RE NOT

MAKING AN IMPACT.

David: AND THE

FATHER WANTS TO MAKE HIS

IMPACT WITH PASTORS, BY

TRYING TO GET THEM ENGAGED

IN THE CULTURAL, SOCIAL,

AND POLITICAL ISSUES OF

THE DAY.

I TELL PASTORS, STOP

LOOKING AT THEIR RHETORIC

AND START LOOKING AT THEIR

RECORD.

THEY ALL HAVE A RECORD.

JESUS SAID, KNOW THEM BY

THEIR FRUIT.

IT IS TIME WE DO SOME

FRUIT-CHECKING.

Jennifer: SUCH A

GREAT STORY, AND QUITE A

SPECIAL MAN.

> WHEN WE COME BACK, WE

GO BACK IN TIME TO WHEN

"THE BRODY FILE" FIRST MET

TED CRUZ.

A BLAST FROM THE PAST,

COMPLETE WITH THE KIDDIES

AND THE WIFE, NEXT.

Jennifer: WELCOME

BACK TO "THE BRODY FILE".

> AS YOU CAN SEE, WE'RE

DEVOTING MOST OF THIS SHOW

TO TED CRUZ.

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN

YOU WIN THE IOWA CAUCUS.

WHO KNOWS, MAYBE NEXT WEEK

IT WILL BE A DONALD TRUMP

SHOW IF HE WINS NEW

HAMPSHIRE.

FOR NOW, THOUGH, WE'RE

GOING BACK IN TIME TO

JANUARY OF 2011.

THE PRO"THE BRODY FILE" CREW DID

OUR FIRST INTERVIEW AT HIS

HOME IN HOUSTON.

HE GOT THE KIDS, HIS WIFE

HEIDI, AND, YES, TED, TOO.

A MORE PERSONAL LOOK AT

THE FAMILY AND HOW CRUZ

BECAME A U.S. SENATOR.

David: THIS IS WHAT

TRULY DRIVES TED CRUZ,

TIME AT HOME WITH HIS WIFE

AND DAUGHTERS IN HOUSTON,

AWAY FROM W WASHINGTON'S

HUSTLE AND BUSTLE.

FAMILY DEVOTIONS TAKE

PRIORITY FOR THE CRUZ

FAMILY, ALTHOUGH DADDY

FACES PRETTY IMPORTANT

WORK WHEN MR. CRUZ GOES TO

WASHINGTON.

THEY WILL BEAR TRUE

FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE TO

THE SAME.

David: IN THE TWO

MONTHS SINCE HE DESCENDED

ON WASHINGTON, HE HAS

BLAZED A PRETTY RY REMARKABLE

PATH.

FIRST, PRAISE BE TO

GOD.

David: CRUZ STARTED

AS A POLITICAL UNKNOWN,

REGISTERING JUST 2% IN THE

POLLS.

WITH TEA PARTY BACKING AND

A STRONG MESSAGE, HOWEVER,

LED TO A PRIMARY WIN

AGAINST THE G.O.P.

LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR AND

POWERED HIM TO THE SENATE.

IT REALLY WAS

BREATHTAKING, AND IT WAS A

TESTAMENT TO THE

GRASSROOTS.

IT WAS A TESTAMENT TO WHAT

WE, THE PEOPLE, CAN DO

STANDING TOGETHER.

David: THE CRUZ

FAMILY IS USED TO

OVERCOMING LONG ODDS.

HIS CUBAN FATHER ARRIVED

IN THE STATES AT AGE 18,

SPEAKING NO ENGLISH, WITH

ONLY $100 TO HIS NAME.

HE WENT FROM HIS FIRST JOB

AS A DISHWASHER TO

REGULARLY WORKING SEVEN

DAYS A WEEK AND EVENTUALLY

PUT HIMSELF THROUGH

COLLEGE.

NOW AFTER DECADES IN

BUSINESS, HIS FATHER

TRAVELS AS A BAPTIST

PASTOR.

MY DAD HAS BEEN MY HERO

MY WHOLE LIFE.

BUT WHAT I HAVE ALWAYS

FOUND MOST EXTRAORDINARY

ABOUT HIS STORY IS HOW

COMMON PLACE IT IS.

David: CRUZ'S CAREER

FOLLOWS AN UPBRINGING

FILLED WITH POLITICAL

DISCUSSION AROUND THE

FAMILY TABLE.

HE EVEN MEMORIZED THE U.S.

CONSTITUTION AS A SUPER

SMART HIGH SCHOOLER.

IT BECAME REALLY MY

PASSION.

David: IN COLLEGE,

CRUZ BEGAN TO CONNECT THE

CONSTITUTION WITH HIS

CHRISTIAN FAITH.

HIS MENTOR, CHRISTIAN

PROFESSOR AND CONSERVATIVE

CHRISTIAN, ROBBIE GEORGE,

HELPED HIM EMBRACE THE

CONCEPT OF NATURAL LAW.

THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

OF MAN ARE GIVEN TO EVERY

ONE OF US BY GOD.

AND THE ROLE OF

GOVERNMENT, FUNDAMENTALLY,

IS TO PROTECT THOSE

RIGHTS.

David: THAT

PHILOSOPHY BECAME CENTRAL

TO CRUZ'S POLITICAL LAW.

CRUZ, A SOUTHERN BAPTIST,

DOESN'T SHY AWAY FROM

TALKING ABOUT HIS FAITH.

AT THE END OF THE DAY,

FAITH IS NOT ORGANIZED

RELIGION.

IT IS NOT GOING TO A

CHURCH.

IT IS A PERSONAL

RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

CHRIST AS YOUR LORD AND

SAVIOR.

David: BUT HE IS

DETERMINED NOT TO USE IT

AS A WEAPON.

I THINK ANYONE IN

POLITICS -- YOU'VE GOT A

SPECIAL OBLIGATION TO

AVOID BEING A PHARISEE.

TO AVOID OSTENTACIOUSLY

WRAPPING YOURSELF IN YOUR

FAITH.

David: INSTEAD, CRUZ

HAS TAKEN STRONG STANDS

AGAINST INCREASING THE

DEBT CEILING, JOHN KERRY

AS SECRETARY OF STATE, AND

FACED CRITICISM FOR

GRILLING CHUCK HAGEL.

WE DO NOT KNOW, FOR

EXAMPLE, IF HE RECEIVED

COMPENSATION FOR GIVING

PAID SPEECHES AT EXTREME

OR RADICAL GROUPS.

SENATOR CRUZ HAS GONE

OVER THE LINE.

HE BASICALLY HAS IMPUNED

THE PATRIOTISM OF THE

NOMINEE.

David: BUT

CONSERVATIVES APPLAUD HIS

APPROACH.

NATIONAL REVIEW RAN THE

HEADLINE "FIRST CLASS

CRUZ, THE NEXT GREAT

CONSERVATIVE HOPE."

FORMER BUSH STRATEGIST

MARK MCKINNON HAS CALLED

HIM THE REPUBLICAN BARACK

OBAMA.

THEY'RE CALLING YOU A

G.O.P. ROCK STAR.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

I TRY TO PAY VERY

LITTLE ATTENTION TO THE

MEDIA.

IT IS, AS YOU KNOW, A

FICKLE CREATURE.

David: FOR NOW, CRUZ

SAYS HE IS FOCUSED ON THE

JOB AT HAND, AND THAT

INCLUDES A NEW REPUBLICAN

PARTY.

I THINK PRESIDENT OBAMA

IS THE MOST RADICAL

PRESIDENT WE'VE EVER SEEN.

BUT I THINK A AN AWFUL LOT

OF REPUBLICANS FAIL TO

STAND FOR PRINCIPLE AND

CONTRIBUTED TO GETTING US

IN THIS MESS.

David: HEIDI CRUZ

KNOWS HER HUSBAND WILL

STAND FOR PRINCIPLE, AND

SHE LEARNED SOMETHING ELSE

ABOUT HIM.

HE ONLY GOT BETTER AND

BETTER AS THINGS GOT

TOUGHER AND TOUGHER.

AND THAT GAVE VOTERS, AND

CERTAIN US AS HIS FAMILY,

JUST A LOT OF CONFIDENCE

THAT HE IS PRETTY GOOD.

David: A CALM AND

STRENGTH IN THE STORM, IS

WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

I'M NOT SURE THAT

ASSESSMENT IS ALWAYS TRUE

AROUND THE DINNER TABLE.

David: BUT IT SURE

IS TRUE IN NATIONAL

POLITICS.

Jennifer: WE'RE BACK

IN A MOMENT.

Jennifer: FINALLY,

BEFORE WE LEAVE YOU, WE

WANT TO SHARE A FUN LITTLE

PIECE OF VIDEO.

"THE BRODY FILE" CREW WAS

IN THE DES MOINES AIRPORT,

AND, WELL, YOU SEE A LOT

OF POLITICIANS GO THROUGH

THAT AIRPORT AROUND THIS

BIG POLITICAL SEASON.

WE SAW SARAH PALIN, AND

SHE WAS TALKING TO YOUNG

JOURNALISTS FROM AN

ORGANIZATION CALLED "KID

UNIT."

THEY GO AROUND AND COVER

POLITICAL EVENTS.

SHE WAS HOLDING COURT WITH

THEM RIGHT THERE IN THE

AIRPORT, JUST LIKE A

KIDDIE PRESS GAGGLE.

THEN SHE SAW US AND SHE

HAD TO COME OVER AND SAY

HI.

HOW ARE YOU?

GOOD.

GOVERNOR?

Jennifer: BY THE WAY,

WE BELIEVE THAT WAS SARAH

PALIN, BUT THEN AGAIN, IT

MAY HAVE BEEN TINA FAYE

FROM "SATURDAY NIGHT

LIVE".

THAT DOES IT FOR THIS

WEEK'S BRODY FILE SHOW.

DAVID IS BACK NEXT WEEK

AFTER THE BIG NEW

HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY.

UNTIL THEN, WE HOPE YOU

HAVE A GREAT WEEK.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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