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Medina Campaign: Dead End?
Gateway Pundit/ First Things Blog ^ | Feb 11, 2010 | Jim Hoft

Posted on 02/11/2010 12:13:18 PM PST by GeronL

This was a textbook case on how to end a campaign in one interview. Tea Party candidate Debra Medina imploded today on the Glenn Beck radio show. The Republcian candidate for governor is a 9-11 Truther. She said questions still remain. Trail Blazers reported:

TV and radio commentator Glenn Beck dismissed the candidacy of Debra Medina when she left open the door to a conspiracy fringe group that believe the U.S. government might have been behind the 9-11 destruction of the World Trade Center.

Beck, a leading personality for conservatives, asked her point blank if she believed such a theory.

“I don’t have all the evidence there, Glenn,” Medina replied. “So I’m not in a place – I have not been out publicly questioning that. I think some very good questions have been raised in that regard. There’s some very good arguments and I think the American people have not seen all the evidence there so I’ve not taken a position there.”

He then asked if she would disavow people on her campaign team that held such a theory.

“I’m certainly not into mind control or thought policing people,” Medina said. “I don’t see us having a team of radical individuals, if you will.”

When she signed off the program, Beck let out a long Oooh.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: beck; glennbeck; governor; medina; paulestinians; perry; texas; troofers; truthers
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Medina Campaign website ():

I was asked a question on the Glenn Beck show today regarding my thoughts on the so-called 9/11 truth movement. I have never been involved with the 9/11 truth movement, and there is no doubt in my mind that Muslim terrorists flew planes into those buildings on 9/11. I have not seen any evidence nor have I ever believed that our government was involved or directed those individuals in any way. No one can deny that the events on 9/11 were a tragedy for all Americans and especially those families who lost loved ones.

The question surprised me because it's not relevant to this race or the issues facing Texans. This campaign has always been about private property rights and state sovereignty. It is focused on the issues facing Texans. It is not a vehicle for the 9-11 truth movement or any other group.

The real underlying question here, though, is whether or not people have the right to question our government. I think the fact that people are even asking questions on this level gets to the incredible distrust career politicians have fostered by so clearly taking their direction from special interests instead of the people, whether it's Rick Perry and his HPV mandate or Kay Hutchison and voting for the bank bailout. It is absolutely the right and duty of a free people to question their government. Texas does not need another politician who tells you what you want to hear, then violates your liberties and steals your property anyway. I fully expect to be questioned and to be held accountable as Governor, and that's the underlying issue here: should people be questioning their government. And the answer is yes, they should be.

1 posted on 02/11/2010 12:13:18 PM PST by GeronL
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To: GeronL

Why did she not give that answer in the first place? Why is that not her automatic position?


2 posted on 02/11/2010 12:14:17 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: GeronL

I wonder if she did it on purpose as she saw her campaign gaining ground, and was never really interested in doing more than “shaking up” the other candidates.

I dunno.


3 posted on 02/11/2010 12:15:49 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: GeronL

She’s done.

At least we won’t have a bunch of Freepers bashing Sarah Palin for not endorsing her now.


4 posted on 02/11/2010 12:16:20 PM PST by TitansAFC (The Left does not devote so much effort into attacking Sarah Palin because she's a weak candidate.)
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To: GeronL
The real underlying question here, though, is whether or not people have the right to question our government.

No one's questioning the "right to question our government".

But accusing the Bush administration of being complicit in an attack on NYC is waaaaaaay more than "questioning our government".

5 posted on 02/11/2010 12:16:25 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: GeronL

Well, she lost my vote over this.


6 posted on 02/11/2010 12:16:32 PM PST by native texan ("don't tread on me")
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To: GeronL

Because post-interview she realized that her campaign just imploded on a national broadcast...


7 posted on 02/11/2010 12:16:37 PM PST by Surfscoter (Surfscoter)
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To: GeronL

It was the Cubans.


8 posted on 02/11/2010 12:17:09 PM PST by MarkeyD (I support the Secret Service but not their mission.)
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To: GeronL

Typical BS political backpedaling.

She wasn’t asked whether people should be allowed to question the government — she was asked for HER opinion on THIS topic. Her opinion is apparently that “she has an open mind” about the possibility that the Bush Administration was complicit in the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

She’s finished, and she knows it.

SnakeDoc


9 posted on 02/11/2010 12:18:21 PM PST by SnakeDoctor (When you've got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow)
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To: GeronL

Her and McCain could be clones. He always has fulsome talking points to make himself look normal when cornered.


10 posted on 02/11/2010 12:19:36 PM PST by donna (Sarah PAC has donated money to...(wait for it)...Lindsey Graham!)
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To: GeronL

Because it is probably not what she believes and her website is nothing more then CYA.


11 posted on 02/11/2010 12:20:01 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Rick Perry - TX Gov/Coburn/Rubio - Senate 2010 !)
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To: GeronL

She should make a decision on the information she DOES have. If everyone (especially governors) waited to make a decision until they were absolutely sure they had every shred of evidence (real or fabricated)—we would all grind to a screeching halt.

She should say something like “Based on what I have read the theory does not make sense to me. If and when credible new evidence comes to light I will evaluate it.”


12 posted on 02/11/2010 12:22:26 PM PST by Burkean (.)
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To: GeronL; All

I am changing my vote to Perry. I don’t care WHAT her lame website statement says.

She said on national TV that maybe the truthers are right.

I hope she loses bigtime and does not force a run-off.

What a disgusting display.


13 posted on 02/11/2010 12:23:11 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: GeronL

Exactly right. This is nothing but spin. She got caught trying to be politically correct in her answer. She got caught being the politician we all want to NOT be in office. If she truly believed what she wrote (or her campaign wrote for her) then that should have been her answer right off the bat. The question would not have caught her off guard if she had real convictions about the truthers being a bunch of loons.


14 posted on 02/11/2010 12:23:50 PM PST by texaschick
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To: GeronL

Well, she had a chance to give that answer in the first place and muffed it. Oh well. There are questions to which there is only one right answer and this was one of them. What I said was “this” but what I meant to say was “that” never works. Just ask John Kerry.

I hire a lot of Mexicans to work for me at different times of the year. I always make sure their papers are in order and I always ask them this question, “If a war broke out between the US and Mexico, what side would you fight on?” There is only one right answer. In fact there is only one right way to answer it. If too much time is taken thinking before giving the right answer, then you are disqualified also.


15 posted on 02/11/2010 12:25:09 PM PST by Bad Jack Bauer (Fat and Bald? I was BORN fat and bald, thank you very much!)
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To: Burkean

Good point.


16 posted on 02/11/2010 12:25:20 PM PST by texaschick
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To: GeronL
Medina: "I have not seen any evidence nor have I ever believed that our government was involved or directed those individuals in any way".

Medina statement after hemming and hawing on Beck. The lady isn't ready for Texas Prime Time.

Beck - Medina Truther Exchange

The above You Tube is about 4 minutes of the exchange where she talked over Beck and never made a denial when she had the chance. Poor Poor showing. She's now trying to cover up her screw up and time has basically ran out on her.


17 posted on 02/11/2010 12:25:40 PM PST by deport (TEXAS PRIMARY -- 5 DAYS TO EARLY VOTING......... 19 DAYS MARCH 2, PRIMARY)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Which she did not do


18 posted on 02/11/2010 12:25:49 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: GeronL
I rather liked her (despite Sarah Palin backing Perry), but she's done.
Sad really.
19 posted on 02/11/2010 12:25:58 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: GeronL

I’m just real glad I’ve got a congressional candidate to vote for that I can trust.


20 posted on 02/11/2010 12:26:49 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: rwfromkansas

Does kansas get to vote in Texas?


21 posted on 02/11/2010 12:28:15 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Surfscoter

too bad for her...how did she think she’d be able to cover it up? Beck just railed on Jones for this exact thing...Conversatives would have looked like the biggest hypocrites if they’d voted for her. She just wasted a lot of people’s time and money.


22 posted on 02/11/2010 12:31:17 PM PST by Castle21o
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To: pissant
True, but she didn't disavow those who do, and seemingly agreed with them.

I know, I know, "seemingly".

23 posted on 02/11/2010 12:32:01 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: MarkeyD

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Campaign, threatened with coming in 3rd before the trainwreck, has wasted no time splicing the interview into a robocall.


24 posted on 02/11/2010 12:33:12 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: native texan

I wish I was there to NOT vote for her...


25 posted on 02/11/2010 12:33:49 PM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: TitansAFC
At least we won’t have a bunch of Freepers bashing Sarah Palin for not endorsing her now.

But Palin has endorsed Rand Paul in Kentucky. Does Rand Paul believe in 9/11 Trutherism? Perhaps Beck will ask him next. We shall see.

26 posted on 02/11/2010 12:34:17 PM PST by Falcon28
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; Impy

OK, not only is Debra Medina a Paulbot, she’s either a 9-11 Truther or a fellow traveler. Here’s the audio from her 4-minute interview with Glenn Beck: http://www.therightscoop.com/debra-medina-is-a-911-truther/

So, Rick Perry doesn’t look so bad anymore, huh? : )


27 posted on 02/11/2010 12:34:34 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: GeronL
Beck, a leading personality for conservatives,

Since when is Glen Beck a "leading personality" for conservatives?

Cripes Almighty, all he is is another dumbed-down radio talk show shock jock doing hatchet jobs for a paycheck.
The dipwad doesn't even have the jouralistic credentials or integrity of a biased liberal buffoon like Keith Olbermann.

30 posted on 02/11/2010 12:37:47 PM PST by Willie Green
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To: TitansAFC

“At least we won’t have a bunch of Freepers bashing Sarah Palin for not endorsing her now.”

yeah she made the right call here. But Rand Paul is an even bigger Paultard than Medina.


31 posted on 02/11/2010 12:39:42 PM PST by ari-freedom (Chris Wallace: I can tell you, Ronald Reagan would never have quit.)
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To: Boucheau

I agree with nearly everything in this post.

People around here are being extraordinary naive.


32 posted on 02/11/2010 12:40:11 PM PST by Onerom99 (I)
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To: GeronL

More than anything, we owe Beck a word of thanks for asking the RIGHT question.


33 posted on 02/11/2010 12:40:41 PM PST by Zathras
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To: Willie Green

He asked her a question, and she answered. Not really a hatchet job.


34 posted on 02/11/2010 12:41:56 PM PST by MarkeyD (I support the Secret Service but not their mission.)
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To: GeronL

This is hitting the local news sites:

http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/84149557.html


35 posted on 02/11/2010 12:43:55 PM PST by evets (beer)
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To: Willie Green

where were all you medina supporters at when Van Jones was getting hammered for being a truther?? And no I’m no Jones supporter but if your going to be consistent then there should have some freepers supporting Jones “questioning of the goverment” and I don’t recall any.


36 posted on 02/11/2010 12:45:06 PM PST by Castle21o
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To: GeronL

She was doing pretty good up to that point. I liked what she had to say. She was talking about having a consumption tax vs. the high property tax. Then boom, it all ended with one question.

I will say one thing in her defense. I would not automatically fire someone who was a 9/11 truther in my administration. As long as they are not policy makers and do not go public and damage my administration. If some secretary in my administration believes it, I really don’t care. That’s their business.


37 posted on 02/11/2010 12:45:42 PM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: MarkeyD

“Not really a hatchet job.”

Perry is a RINO and will disappoint folks—guaranteed.

We have shot at electing someone who will represent our values in Medina.

She will not cave like Perry does.

But, hey, if the same ‘ol half-*ss Republican is what you wish for, then Perry is the RINO for you.

I know who 0bama would vote for, if had to make the choice.


38 posted on 02/11/2010 12:45:57 PM PST by Boucheau
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To: GeronL

““I don’t have all the evidence there, Glenn,” Medina replied. “So I’m not in a place – I have not been out publicly questioning that. I think some very good questions have been raised in that regard. There’s some very good arguments and I think the American people have not seen all the evidence there so I’ve not taken a position there.”

Well, she was surprised,OK, but it hints at her convictions. If she thought the Truthers were moonbats and the whole theory ludicrous, she would have popped that out instead of this “better look into it” stuff.

So, Medina, how about dynamiting levies in NOLA? Or, to go back a ways, which studio do you think the moon landings were filmed in? Global Warming Consensus, yes or no?


39 posted on 02/11/2010 12:46:21 PM PST by Ender Wiggin
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To: TxAray
There’s no pressure when you’re writing in a blog, now is there?

Fr is not a blog.

40 posted on 02/11/2010 12:46:26 PM PST by xone
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To: GeronL

Medina’s response to that question is another anecdotal example of the stupidity of politicians.

Just because a politician has conservative tendancies, does not make a politician brilliant.

Too many politicians are dumb as rocks.


41 posted on 02/11/2010 12:46:39 PM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Boucheau

I don’t have a dog in this fight, since I don’t live in Texas. But I think her answer does give an indication of her thought processes.


42 posted on 02/11/2010 12:47:34 PM PST by MarkeyD (I support the Secret Service but not their mission.)
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To: TxAray
And another thing, how many of you Perry supporters have looked at the engineering and architectural findings and evidence of the 911 remains? If you haven’t, you are still uninformed. I don’t believe that the Bush administration had anything to do with 911. But before one can point fingers, one must know all the facts.

So unless you personally have combed through every scrap of the 10-mile high pile of evidence, your opinion is invalid? That's absurd.

43 posted on 02/11/2010 12:48:06 PM PST by Cymbaline (Bipartisan consensus - that's like when my doctor and my lawyer agree with my wife that I need help.)
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To: rwfromkansas

National Radio. Not TV.


44 posted on 02/11/2010 12:49:22 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: GeronL

No sir. She blew it. This a more than a little like those who question whether FDR knew that the Japanese were going to attack Pearl Harbour, or that Stanton was involved in Lincoln’s murder.


45 posted on 02/11/2010 12:49:37 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: TitansAFC
You were saying ...

At least we won’t have a bunch of Freepers bashing Sarah Palin for not endorsing her now.

Ain't that the truth... :-)

46 posted on 02/11/2010 12:50:06 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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"Adios, mofo"

47 posted on 02/11/2010 12:50:17 PM PST by evets (beer)
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To: deport

There was a chance that KBH could have come in 3rd after 17 years in Washington. dang.


48 posted on 02/11/2010 12:50:41 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: Boucheau

You bet on the wrong horse.


49 posted on 02/11/2010 12:51:09 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: ConservaTexan; All

I am a Texan now, so yes....get a vote.

What amazes me I see lot of people supporting Medina on varioius message boards, saying Beck took her comments out of context.

Frankly, I don’t know how you can take out of context a women saying she couldn’t take a position on whether the government was involved in 9/11.

She said she felt ambushed, but it was a question that should have been a slam dunk and would have dispelled rumors already out there from what I understand about her being a truther.

She failed the test miserably.


50 posted on 02/11/2010 12:51:14 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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