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The Brody File: Cruzin' In Wisconsin - April 7, 2016

Ted Cruz is soaring high after a big victory in Wisconsin. We go one-on-one with him. Plus, how Donald Trump's comments on abortion could sink him. Read Transcript


David: AND WELCOME,

EVERYBODY, TO ANOTHER

EDITION OF "THE BRODY

FILE."

BOY, WE HAVE A LOT TO GET

TO.

LET'S GET TO IT QUICK.

COME ON, WISCONSIN.

TED CRUZ, TH BIG WINNER.

ONE EVANGELICAL, ONE

NON-EVANGELICAL.

DONALD TRUMP IN TROUBLE.

AND TED CRUZ IS CROWING.

THREE WEEKS AGO, THE

MEDIA SAID WISCONSIN WAS A

PERFECT STATE FOR DONALD

TRUMP.

[YELLING]

BUT THE HARD-WORKING

MEN AND WOMEN OF WISCONSIN

STOOD AND CAMPAIGNED

TIRELESSLY TO MAKE SURE

THAT TONIGHT WAS A VICTORY

FOR EVERY AMERICAN.

[APPLAUSE]

David: TED CRUZ --

WE HAD A CHANCE TO SPEAK

WITH HIM A FEW WEEKS BACK.

IT WAS IN MIAMI.

WE WERE HIP AND COOL.

WE WERE IN FLORIDA.

WE WERE A LITTLE HOT AND

SWEATY.

BUT TED CRUZ AND I HAD A

CHANCE TO SIT DOWN AND

DISCUSS POLITICS.

> THE G.O.P.

ESTABLISHMENT, DID THEY

CREATE DONALD TRUMP?

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE

WASHINGTON CARTEL, BUT

DONALD TRUMP SEES TO BE A

CREATION OF WHAT THE

G.O.P. ESTABLISHMENT HAS

DONE.

ABSOLUTELY, BUT I

WOULDN'T PUT IT JUST ON

THE G.O.P. ESTABLISHMENT.

IT IS THE WASHINGTON

CARTEL.

MY BOOK LAST YEAR, "A TIME

FOR TRUTH," I TALK ABOUT

THE WASHINGTON CARTEL,

WHICH IS THE TERM I USE

FOR THE CAREER POLITICIANS

IN BOTH PARTIES TO GET IN

BED WITH THE LOBBYISTS AND

SPECIAL INTERESTS AND JUST

KEEP GROWING GOVERNMENT.

AND IT IS THE FRUSTRATION

WITH THE WASHINGTON CARTEL

THAT CREATED DONALD TRUMP.

HERE IS THE IRONY: DONALD

TRUMP IS A CARD-CARRYING

MEMBER OF THE WASHINGTON

CARTEL.

DONALD HAS SAID MANY TIMES

IN TV INTERVIEWS, "SEVEN

MONTHS AGO, I, DONALD

TRUMP, WAS A MEMBER OF THE

ESTABLISHMENT."

HE HAS BEEN ONE OF THOSE

PEOPLE BUYING FAVORS,

CURRIEING FAVORS.

AND HE WASN'T DOING SO TO

PROMOTE ANY PRINCIPLES.

FOR 40 YEARS HE SUPPORTED

OPEN-BORDER DEMOCRATS.

NONE OF THAT INFLUENCE

APPARENTLY DID ANYTHING TO

STOP THEIR EFFORT TO PRESS

FOR AMNESTY.

FOR 40 YEARS HE SUPPORTED

LEFT-WING A ADVOCATES WHO

WOULD UNDERMINE MARRIAGE.

YES, THE CARTEL CREATED

DONALD.

AND WHAT DONALD IS DOING

IS PRETENDING TO BE AN

INSURGENT.

BUT WHAT IS AMAZING,

DAVID, HE IS ALSO TELLING

US, EVEN AS THIS IS

HAPPENING, THAT HE IS

LYING TO US.

YOU KNOW, YOU LOOK AT THE

LAST DEBATE WHERE HE SAID

OVER AND OVER AGAIN HE

NEEDED TO BE FLEXIBLE.

HE NEEDED TO BE FLEXIBLE.

YOU AND I KNOW THE WORD

"FLEXIBLE" IS CODE WORD IN

WASHINGTON FOR "WE'RE

GETTING READY TO STICK IT

FOR YOU."

IT MEANS THEY'RE GOING TO

CUT A DEAL THAT FAVORS

WALL STREET AND BIG

BUSINESS AT THE EXPENSE OF

WORKING MEN AND WOMEN.

EVEN ON IMMIGRATION, HE

TOLD THE NEW YORK

EDITORIAL BOARD, HE

DOESN'T BELIEVE WHAT HE

SAID ON IMMIGRATION.

HE IS NOT GOING TO BUILD A

WALL AND DEPORT ANYONE.

THAT IS JUST RHETORIC FOR

THE VOTERS WHO HE THINKS>K>K

ARE GULLIBLE ENOUGH TO

BELIEVE IT.

AND IF YOU'RE FRUSTRATED

WITH POLITICIANS LYING TO>C

YOU, THEN IT DOESN'T MAKE

SENSE TO SUPPORT A

CANDIDATE WHO TELLS YOU HE

IS LYING TO YOU, HE IS

GOING TO BREAK EVERY

PROMISE.

THAT'S WHY, DAVID,

CONSERVATIVES,

EVANGELICALS,

LIBERTARIANS, REPUBLICANS

ARE UNITING BEHIND OUR

CAMPAIGN.

BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T WANT

TO SEE DONALD TRUMP AT THE

NOMINEE, MAYBE YOU LIKE

ANOTHER CANDIDATE, BUT NO

OTHER CANDIDATE HAS ANY

PLAUSIBLE TO 1237

CANDIDATES.

IF YOU WANT TO BEAT DONALD

TRUMP, THE ONLY CAMPAIGN

THAT HAS DONE SO

REPEATEDLY, IT IS OURS.

MAYBE YOU LIKE RICK

SANTORUM OR DR. BEN

CARSON, OR MAYBE YOU LIKE

MARCO RUBIO OR JOHN

KASICH.

BUT AT THIS POINT IF YOU

WANT TO BEAT DONALD TRUMP,

OUR CAMPAIGN IS THE ONLY

ONE THAT CAN DO SO.

AND I SAY TO YOU, I

WELCOME YOU TO OUR TEAM.

David: TED CRUZ HERE

ON THE "THE BRODY FILE."

LET'S TALK ABOUT DONALD

TRUMP FOR A MOMENT.

WHAT A BAD WEEK HE HAD

PRE-WISCONSIN, ESPECIALLY

THE ABORTION COMMENTS WHEN

AT FIRST HE SAID IT WAS

THE WOMAN WHO SHOULD BE

PUNISHED, AND SENDING HER

OFF TO JAIL -- HE HAD TO

RETRACT IT.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN

PUNISHMENT FOR ABORTION,

YES OR NO?

THE ANSWER IS THERE HAS

TO BE SOME FORM OF

PUNISHMENT.

Reporter: FOR THE

WOMAN?

YES.

SOME SORT OF PUNISHMENT.

David: THOSE

COMMENTS FROM HIM WERE A

PROBLEM, BUT HILLARY

CLINTON HAD A PROBLEM WITH

THE ABORTION ISSUE AS

WELL.

LOOK WHAT SHE SAID.

THE UNBORN PERSON

DOESN'T HAVE

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

David: BOY, ALL OF

THIS ABORTION TALK, TRUMP

AND CLINTON, IT LEADS HE ME

TO A BRODY FILE

COMMENTARY.

WE COULD TALK ABOUT

HILLARY FOR A WHILE, BUT

THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO

SPIN DONALD TRUMP'S

COMMENTS ON ABORTION.

IT WAS A CRINGE-WORTHY

MOMENT.

AND NOW THERE ARE

QUESTIONS GOING FORWARD:

CAN HE RECOVER FROM IT?

"THE BRODY FILE" HAS A FEW

OBSERVATIONS.

FIRST OF ALL, LET ME SAY

AS I WAS WATCHING DONALD

TRUMP ANSWER CHRIS

MATTHEW'S QUESTIONS,

MATTHEWS WAS THE GAME SHOW

HOST, AND TRUMP WITH THE

CONTESTANT IN THE

AUDIENCE.

WHEN TRUMP WAS ASKED WHAT

KIND OF PUNISHMENT FOR

ABORTION, HE SHOULD HAVE

ASKED FOR A LIFELINE.

HE COULD HAVE PHONED A

FRIEND.

BETTER YET, HE SHOULD HAVE

PUNTED THE QUESTION WITH

THE OLD, I'LL GET BACK TO

YOU A LITTLE LATER ON

THAT.

THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO

DO IN THAT SITUATION IS

WING IT.

YOU DON'T WING IT ON

ABORTION.

POLITICS 101 IS THAT YOU

NEVER ANSWER A

HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION.

AND SINCE ABORTION IS NOT

ILLEGAL IN THIS QUESTION,

THE QUESTION WAS NOT GOOD

QUESTION.

THE FACT THAT HE PUT OUT A

STATEMENT THAT ESSENTIALLY

RETRACTED HIS EARLIER

COMMENTS IS A GOOD FIRST

STEP.

YES, CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE

WAS DONE.

BUT AT LEAST HE DIDN'T DIG

IN HIS HEELS ON THIS.

HE TRIED TO REVERSE THE

DAMAGE.

HE COULDLL AFFORD TO

LOSE HIS CONSTITUENCY.

BUT IT IS THE ONES ON THE

FENCE HE NEEDS TO BE MORE

CONCERNED ABOUT.

> WHEN WE COME BACK,

WE'LL GO TO WISCONSIN AND

OTHER PLACES.

BACK IN A MOMENT.

David: WELCOME BACK

TO "THE BRODY FILE."

TIME FOR, OH, MY GOODNESS,

DONALD TRUMP.

IT MEANS IT IS TIME FOR

OUR SEGMENT OF "THE G.O.P.

AND THE RESTLESS."

JOINING US NOW IS TIM

MILLER.

TIM, GREAT TO SEE YOU.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME,

DAVID.

David: BOY, WHERE DO

WE BEGIN.

DONALD TRUMP?

A LOT OF MATERIAL.

David: A LOT OF

MATERIAL.

IS WISCONSIN AND WHAT IS

GOING TO HAPPEN

POTENTIALLY AFTER

WISCONSIN, IS THIS THE

BEGINNING OF THE END, DO

YOU BELIEVE, FOR DONALD

TRUMP?

I THINK WE HAVE A VERY

LONG FIGHT AHEAD.

BASICALLY WHAT DONALD

TRUMP WOULD HAVE HAD TO

DONE TO BE IN POSITION TO

WIN THIS NOTION BEFORE

CLEVELAND WAS WIN THE

MAJORITY OF THE DELEGATES

ALL THE WAY THROUGH.

HE WILL BE FAR FROM THAT

IN WISCONSIN, WE EXPECT,

ON TUESDAY.

HE WOULD THEN HAVE TO

SWEEP ALL THE WAY THROUGH

TO CALIFORNIA.

IT LOOKS EXTREMELY

UNLIKELY THAT IS GOING TO

HAPPEN.

AND A LOT OF THIS HAS BEEN

OF HIS OWN DOING.

MISTAKES THAT HE HAS MADE,

AND COMMENTS HE HAS MADE

THAT ARE TOTALLY OUT OF

LINE.

ONE THAT HASN'T GOTTEN

ENOUGH ATTENTION IS THE

TWEET HE SENT ABOUT HID HEIDI.

David: EVERYTHING

BACK TO JOHN McCAIN, AND

THE NOT ASKING FOR

FORGIVENESS -- THERE IS A

LITANY OF STUFF THAT

HADN'T AFFECTED HIM UNTIL

NOW, WHERE IT IS STARTING

TO AFFECT HIM MORE.

WHAT IS THE CONCERN YOU'VE

HAD AT THE PAC.

IF YOU LOOK AT HIS

GENERAL ELECTRIC TRAIL

ELECTORATE NUMBERS, IT

BEGAN WITH WOMEN.

NOW WE'RE UP TO TWO-THIRDS

OF WOMEN WHO DON'T LIKE

HIM.

I THINK THE TREND WE'RE

SEEING IS A LACK OF

RESPECT FOR THE GOD-GIVEN

DIG NALITDIGNITY OF EVERY HUMAN, OF

EVERY AMERICAN.

WHETHER IT WAS MAKING FUN

OF A DISABLED REPORTER,

WHETHER IT WAS THESE

COMMENTS ABOUT WOMEN, LIKE

CARLY FIORINA, "LOOK AT

THAT FACE," AND THESE ARE

COMMENTS THAT TURN OFF A

BIG SEGMENT OF THE

ELECTORATE.

I THINK YOU'RE STARTING TO

SEE IT IS CATCHING UP TO

HIM.

THAT ONE AT A TIME IT

BUILDS ON ONE ANOTHER, AND

I THINK PEOPLE GET SICK OF

IT.

David: ONCE HE RODE

DOWN THAT GOLD-PLATED

ESCALATOR IN JUNE, IT WAS

THE SUMMER OF TRUMP, AND

THEN THAT TURNED INTO THE

FALL OF TRUMP, AND THEN

THE WINTER OF TRUMP.

AND HERE WE ARE, HE IS

STILL AROUND AND LEADING

THE DELEGATE RACE.

HAS IT SURPRISED YOU?

ABSOLUTELY IT SURPRISED

ME.

I'M HAPPY TO ADMIT IT.

I THINK HE HAS DEFIED ALL

OF THE EXPECTATIONS AND HE

DESERVES CREDIT FOR THAT.

BUT THE REALITY IS JUST

BECAUSE HE HAS DEFIED

EXPECTATIONS TO DATE, DOES

NOT MEAN IN S IPO FACTO HE IS

GOING TO BE THE PRESIDENT.

WHAT DO THE POLLS SAY FOR

THE GENERAL ELECTION?

HE IS GOING TO GET

CRUSHED.

FAR WORST THAN WHAT MITT

ROMNEY DID.

THE GENERAL ELECTION POLE

IN WISCONSIN, HE HAD 70%

UNFAVORABLE, WHICH SHOULD

BE A SWING STATE.

SO HE IS IN LINE FOR A

VERY BIG DEFEAT.

David: A LOT OF

FOLKS WANT TO GET ON

TRUMP'S CASE, BUT THE

REALITY IS PEOPLE ARE

VOTING FOR HIM.

SO WHY IS THAT?

THAT'S MY SHORT QUESTION.

AND THE LONGER ANALYTICAL

VIEW OF IT IS -- WHAT DOES

THAT SAY ABOUT THE FOLKS

THAT ARE VOTING FOR HIM.

ARE THEY BUYING WHAT HE IS

SELLING?

ARE THEY NOT GETTING IT?

IS THIS A DISS, IF YOU

WILL, ON THE VOTERS WHO

ARE ACTUALLY VOTING FOR

HIM?

BECAUSE IT GOES TO THE

VOTERS.

THE FIRST QUESTION IS

EASY TO ANSWER: JUST

BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE VOTING

FOR IT DOESN'T MEAN IT IS

EXCUSABLE.

A LOT OF HIS BEHAVIOR IS

FAR BEYOND THE PALE.

BOUGHT WHEN IT COMES TO

INSULTING THE DISABLED,

AND SAYING HE HAS NEVER

ASKED GOD FOR

FORGIVENESS -- WE CAN'T

START EXCUSING THAT

BECAUSE HE GOT VOTES.

WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT THE

VOTERS?

IT SAYS THEY'RE SO ANGRY

WITH WHAT IS GOING ON IN

WASHINGTON, THEY'RE

PUTTING IT ASIDE BECAUSE

THEY WANT SOMEBODY THAT

WILL SHAKE UP D.C.

AND THROUGHOUT HIS ENTIRE

LIFE, DONALD TRUMP HAS

ALWAYS LOOKED OUT FOR

HIMSELF AND NOT REGULAR

PEOPLE.

IF YOU WANT SOMEBODY TO

SHAKE UP D.C., I WOULD

LOOK TO TED CRUZ.

HE IS SOMEBODY WHO HAS

DEMONSTRATED THAT HE WOULD

STAND UP FOR WHAT IS

HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON,

AND TRUMP HASN'T.

David: LET ME ASK

YOU ONE LAST QUESTION,

1237, THE MAGIC NUMBER IN

CLEVELAND.

THERE IS NO WAY ON EARTH

HE WINS ON A SECOND

BALLOT?

NOT GOING TO HAPPEN?

I THINK IT IS EXTREMELY

UNLIKELY.

I WOULD POINT TO THE

EVIDENCE OF THE STATE

CONVENTION BATTLES.

TED CRUZ HAS BEEN WINNING

THOSE, AND THOSE ARE

BASICALLY APPROXIMAT A PROXY FOR WHAT

YOU SEE IN CLEVELAND.

THOSE PEOPLE WHO WIN GO ON

TO THE NATIONAL

CONVENTION.

David: IT DOESN'T

NECESSARILY MEAN THAT TED

CRUZ COULD WIN ON A SECOND

BALLOT, THOUGH?

NO.

David: AND NOW WE'RE

DOWN THE PAUL RYAN ROAD.

THEN IT WILL BE REAL

FUN.

David: WE'LL BRING

YOU BACK FOR THAT.

ALL RIGHT.

BACK IN A MOMENT WITH MORE

HERE ON "THE BRODY FILE."

David: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "THE BRODY FILE."

TIME TO TALK ABOUT

POLICEMEN AND THE JOB

THEY'RE DOING.

A GREAT JOB THEY'RE DOING,

BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF

HIGH-SPEED CHASES OUT

THERE, AND POLICE ARE

RUNNING THROUGH THE

STREETS.

THEY'RE CHASING THE

CRIMINALS EVERYWHERE, AND

IT GETS DANGEROUS IN THOSE

HIGH SPEED CHASES FOR

EVERYONE AROUND.

BUT A NEW TECHNOLOGY IS

OUT THERE THAT COULD

CHANGE THE GAME ENTIRELY.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON WITH THE

STORY.

Reporter: WE'VE ALL

SEEN THE ACTION WHEN NEWS

CHANNELS BROADCAST A

THRILLING POLICE CHASE.

YOU'VE GOT TO STOP!

Reporter: BUT WE

OFTEN MISS THE AFTERMATH,

WHICH CAN LEAD TO FATAL

CONSEQUENCES AND AN

AVERAGE OF $3 MILLION IN

DAMAGES CHARGED TO

TAXPAYERS.

THERE IS A LOT OF FEES

ENCURED WHEN YOU'RE

INVOLVED IN CHASES.

Reporter: THERE ARE

INJURIES, DEATHS, AND

LAWSUITS INVOLVING POLICE

OFFICERS.

ANYBODY CAN PULL OUT IN

FRONT OF YOU.

YOUR BRAKES CAN FAIL.

THERE IS A LOT OF

DIFFERENT THINGS THAT CAN

CAUSE SOME TYPE OF DANGER

TO THE DEPUTY AND/OR THE

COMMUNITY.

Reporter: JOHN FERRIS

LEARNED THE HARD WAY THAT

IN A MATTER OF SECONDS,

ANYONE COULD BE A VICTIM.

WE RECEIVED A PHONE

CALL AT 4:00 IN THE

MORNING.

AND IT WAS A DOCTOR FROM

AN EMERGENCY ROOM.

Reporter: HIS

23-YEAR-OLD SON, PAUL, WAS

ON HIS WAY HOME IN A CAB

WHEN A VEHICLE PURSUED BY

POLICE CRASHED INTO HIM AT

MORE THAN 70 MILES PER

HOUR.

I'M REALLY SORRY TO

TELL YOU THIS, BUT YOUR

SON HAS BEEN IN A HORRIBLE

CAR ACCIDENT, AND HE IS

DYING.

Reporter: AN

OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF

POLICE PURSUITS ARE

STARTED OVER NON-VIOLENT

CRIMES AND ESCALATE

QUICKLY, ENDANGERING THE

SUSPECT, THE POLICEMEN,

AND ANY BY-STANDERS ALONG

THE WAY.

THE OFFICER THAT TRUCK

PAUL WAS CHASING SOMEONE

WHO MADE AN ILLEGAL

U-TURN.

AND HE WAS WITHIN HIS

RIGHT TO PURSUE.

TWO OR THREE SECONDS

EARLIER OR TWO OR THREE

SECONDS LATER, THE TIMING

OF THAT PURSUIT, AND MY

SON WOULD BE ALIVE.

IT IS JUST RANDOM.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO

AFTER PAUL DIED.

SO I STARTED RESEARCHING

POLICE PURSUITS.

Reporter: HE FOUND ON

AVERAGE, ONE PERSON DIES

EACH DAY AS A RESULT OF A

POLICE PURSUIT.

A THIRD OF THOSE DEATHS

BEING INNOCENT

BY-STANDERS.

AN F.B.I. REPORT UNCOVERED

THAT THE TRUE COST IS

PROBABLY TWO TO THREE

TIMES HIGHER THAN THE

STATED AVERAGE BECAUSE THE

FATALITIES ARE ONLY

REPORTED AT THE DISCRETION

OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND NO

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TRACK

INJURIES FROM PURSUITS,

LEAVING NO INFORMATION ON

POLICE OFFICERS AND

BY-STANDERS LEFT

PARALYZED, BRAIN DAMAGED,

OR SUFFERING FROM OTHER

LIFE-ALTERING INJURIES.

I'LL INVEST IN ANYTHING

THAT WILL KEEP OUR

COMMUNITY AND POLICE

OFFICERS SAFE.

Reporter: AUTHORITIES

IN ROCKVALE COUNTY,

GEORGIA, ARE INVESTING IN

TECHNOLOGIES LIKE "STAR

CHASE."

SINCE THE TIME WE

LAUNCHED THIS, WE HAVE HAD

A SUCCESSFUL RATE.

Reporter: "STAR

CHASE" ALLOWS THE POLICE

TO DEPLOY A TRACKING

DEVISE ON VEHICLES WITHOUT

THE DRIVER KNOWING THEY'VE

BEEN TAGGED.

I HEADED DOWN TO ROCKDALE

COUNTY TO SEE THIS NEW

TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION.

HERE I AM PLAYING THE

SUSPECT.

AND I'VE JUST BEEN PULLED

OVER.

AS THE OFFICER APPROACHES

MY CAR --

MAY I SEE YOUR DRIVER'S

LICENSE?

I DECIDE TO RUN.

LITTLE DO I KNOW THAT EVEN

THE OFFICER WAS OUTSIDE

HIS CAR, HE CAN STILL

DEPLOY HIS TRACKER.

AS I THINK I'M GETTING

AWAY, THE OFFICER BEGINS

HIS ASSE STEALTH PURSUIT.

THIS KEEPS DRIVERS AROUND

ME SAFE, RATHER THAN BE

CAUGHT IN A HIGH-SPEED

CHASE.

WHEN YOU CAN LAUNCH

SOMETHING AND YOU CAN

TRACK IT, YOU CAN

DISCONTINUE THE CHASE AND

JUST BEGIN TRACKING THE

VEHICLE.

YOU CAN APPREHEND THE

VEHICLE AND/OR THE SUSPECT

LATER.

Reporter: SO FAR,

ONLY A HANDFUL OF ROCKVALE

COUNTY POLICE CARS HAVE

"STAR CHASE."

WE'VE CAPTURED EVERYONE

WE HAVE LAUNCHED, AND NO

INJURIES TO THE DEPUTIES

OR THE CITIZENS.

Reporter: MOST

DEPARTMENTS RELY ON

DECADES-OLD TIRE DEVICES,

BUT THEY ARE ALSO

DANGEROUS.

TRYING TO DEPLOY THEM

SOMETIMES IS VERY

DANGEROUS.

ESPECIALLY IF YOU GO TO

PUT THEM OUT AND THE CAR

SWERVETIOSWERVES TOWARDS YOU.

Reporter: SHERIFF

LOVETT ADMITS NEW

TECHNOLOGY CAN BE

EXPENSIVE, BUT SAYS IT IS

NOTHING COMPARED TO THE

COST OF CHASES GONE WRONG.

BEHIND THE BADGES OF

THOSE WHO PUT ON THIS

UNIFORM AND BADGES ARE

HUMAN, AND THEY WALK OUT

OF THEIR DOORS NOT KNOWING

IF THEY'LL EVER RETURN.

THEY WALK OUT OF THEIR

DOORS TELLING THEIR LOVED

ONCE THEY LOVE THEM, NOT

KNOWING IF THEY'LL EVER

RETURN BACK BECAUSE

THEY'RE LEAVING THAT HOME

TO PROTECT AND SERVE THE

PEOPLE OF THEIR CITY,

THEIR COUNTY, AND THIS

GREAT STATE.

I WANT THE PEOPLE TO KNOW

WE'RE OUT HERE DOING THE

BEST THAT WE CAN, AND ALL

WE WANT TO DO IS JUST

PROTECT AND SERVE.

Reporter: ABIGAIL

ROBERTSON, REPORTING FOR

"THE BRODY FILE."

David: THANKS,

ABBEY.

WE'RE BACK IN A MOMENT.

David: AND WELCOME

BACK, EVERYBODY, TO "THE

BRODY FILE."

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

IS TAKING IN COMING FIRE

FROM CONSERVATIVES, EVEN

LIBERALS, AND NOW SOME

FEMALE VETERANS ARE

GETTING IN ON THE ACTION.

AND WHAT'S HER NAME.

I KNOW HER NAME.

AMBER C. STRONG HAS THE

STORY.

Reporter: IN MARCH,

DEFENSE SECRETARY ASH

CARTER TOOK THE FINAL

STEPS IN HIS CONTROVERSIAL

PLAN TO OPEN UP ALL

MILITARY ROLES TO WOMEN.

NO EXCEPTIONS.

THE WOMEN WOULD BE

FIGHTING ON THE FRONT

LINES, ALONG WITH THEIR

MALE COUNTER-PARTS.

WOMEN WOULD ALSO BE ABLE

TO SERVE AS ARMY RANGERS,

GREEN BERETS, AND NAVY

SEALS.

AND WHILE THE IDEA OF A

G.I. JANE IS GLAMOURIZED

IN FILM, THIS WOMAN SAYS

THE REALITY OF WOMEN IN

COMBAT WOULDN'T BE PRETTY.

BY THE V.A.'S OWN

RECORDS, WOMEN ARE THREE

TIMES MORE LIKELY THAN MEN

TO HAVE PTSD.

ARE WE PREPARED TO PAY OUT

THE DISABILITY RATINGS?

NO.

WE CAN'T EVEN TAKE CARE OF

THE MEN RIGHT NOW.

Reporter: AND

OPPONENTS SAY WHEN IT

COMES TO SPECIAL OPS, THE

ROLES SHOULDN'T BE

REWARDED BY GENDER BUT BY

MERIT.

I BELIEVE THERE SHOULD

BE A MISSION'S STANDARD,

NOT A GENDER STANDARD.

IT MEANS THAT IN ORDER TO

QUALIFY FOR SPECIAL

OPERATIONS, YOU NEED TO

MEET THAT MISSION

STANDARD, WHATEVER THAT

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT IS.

Reporter: ADVOCATES

SAY WHEN IT COMES TO

HISTORY, WOMEN HAVE

ALREADY PROVEN THEY'RE

JUST AS TOUGH AS THE GUYS.

BUT OPPONENTS SAY IT IS

ABOUT MORE THAN EQUAL

RIGHTS.

IT IS ABOUT PHYSICAL

CAPABILITIES AS WELL.

Reporter: CRITICS

POINT TO THE PHYSICAL

MAKEUP OF WOMEN.

AND OVER TIME A WOMEN'S

BODY WILL BEGIN TO BREAK

DOWN FASTER THAN A MAN'S.

IN FACT, STUDIES HAVE

PROVEN THAT THE MORE THEY

TRAIN, THEIR MUSCLE

ACTUALLY CAN DEPRECIATE

BECAUSE IT IS TOO INTENSE

FOR THEIR BODIES.

Reporter: SECRETARY

CARTER DEFENDED HIS

DECISION, SAYING BY

OPENING THESE ROLES TO

WOMEN, WE, IN TURN, DEEPEN

THE MILITARY TALENT POOL.

FORMER UNITED STATES ARMY

VET CIENA ROBERTSON

AGREES, AND SAYS SHE

CREDITS HER SUCCESS TO

PEOPLE WILLING TO LOOK

BEYOND HER GENDER.

DEEP IN MY HEART, I

WANTED TO PERFORM THE

MISSION.

AND I KNEW GOD WAS OVER

WATCH AS A CHRISTIAN.

BUT TIME AND TIME AGAIN,

WHEN THAT OPPORTUNITY

BECAME AVAILABLE, I LEANED

FORWARD AND DID MY JOB.

Reporter: SHE SPENT

25 YEARS IN ACTIVE DUTY,

AND SHE SAYS WOMEN HAVE

SERVED THEIR COUNTRY UNDER

CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, AND

IT IS TIME THEY ARE GIVEN

THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE

IN ALL THAT THE MILITARY

HAS TO OFFER.

FOR MANY, MANY YEARS

THEY HAVE BEEN SERVING

ALONGSIDE MEN IN COMBAT

FORCES, AND TO NOT ALLOW

THEM TO INTEGRATE IS NOT

SOMETHING WE SHOULD KEEP

THEM FROM DOING IF THEY

CHOOSE TO PURSUE THAT

CAREER FIELD.

Reporter: WHILE

SECRETARY CARTER ADMITS

THE BEGINNING STAGES MAY

BE TOUGH, HE INSISTS THE

OVERALL TRANSITION WILL GO

A LONG WAY IN MAKING THE

U.S. MILITARY STRONGER.

AMBER C. STRONG REPORTING

FOR "THE BRODY FILE."

David: THANKS,

AMBER.

WE'RE BACK IN A MOMENT

WITH FINAL THOUGHTS.

David: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "THE BRODY FILE."

BEFORE WE LEAVE YOU, THE

PATH AHEAD, DONALD TRUMP,

NEW YORK.

IT HAPPENS ON

APRIL 19th, AND HE HAS

GOT A FEW WEEKS TO THINK

ABOUT IT.

LOOK, HERE IS THE BOTTOM

LINE: HE HAS GOT TO

RECALIBRATE.

CAN HE CHANGE 20%, 25%?

MOST FOLKS DON'T THINK HE

CAN.

DOES HE HAVE ANOTHER

SCRIPT IN THE PLAYBOOK?

WE'RE ABOUT TO FIND OUT.

HAVE A GREAT REST OF THE

WEEK.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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