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Texas governor's race not turning out as expected
The Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | 2/20/2010 | DAVE MONTGOMERY

Posted on 02/21/2010 7:50:11 AM PST by LA Woman3

WHARTON -- It began as a battle of the titans, with Rick Perry -- the longest serving governor in Texas history -- being challenged in the GOP primary by the state's senior U.S. senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison.

But as the multimillion-dollar contest comes to a close, Perry's bid for another four-year term appears to hinge not only on Hutchison's strength but on the fate of the third candidate in the race -- Debra Medina, a once-obscure insurgent whose showing in the March 2 primary will decide whether Perry wins outright or faces an April runoff. With Perry holding a seemingly insurmountable lead in polls, the governor's race in recent weeks began evolving into a surprise battle for second place as Medina appeared to be within striking distance of overtaking Hutchison, one of the state's dominant political figures.

But Medina's detractors -- as well as several independent analysts -- say she may have self-destructed in a Feb. 11 interview with conservative commentator Glenn Beck by not immediately disavowing a theory that the U.S. government may have played a role in the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

The former Wharton County Republican chairwoman quickly sought to repair the damage, saying there was no doubt that Muslim terrorists flew the hijacked planes on 9-11. Medina now says she believes the incident may have strengthened her candidacy by galvanizing supporters, positioning her for a strong showing against her two Republican rivals.

"Did it feel good? No. Am I sick of answering the questions? Yes. I am," she said in an hourlong interview last week in her Wharton campaign headquarters. "But at the end of day, I think it's going to be labeled backfire," she added, repeating her contention that she was set up in Beck's interview.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: governor; medina; paulestinians; texas; troofers; truthers
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To: comps4spice

I was very interested. I was looking for someone that wasnt a career politician.

But she blew it BIGTIME

She couldn’t manage her mouth, Hows she gonna manage the state?


51 posted on 02/21/2010 9:19:59 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: dusttoyou

Can you believe this clown is even a contender?


52 posted on 02/21/2010 9:20:54 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Dudoight
She blew it. Her instincts are not well honed.

If you mean by that she was unwittingly honest, I agree with you.

If you're not a conspiracy geek, it would be very easy to answer that particular question.

53 posted on 02/21/2010 9:25:07 AM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: LA Woman3

I heard her interview on Beck. No way would I vote for her after hearing her hem and haw while actually defending some of what the truthers believe by just stopping short of admitting it. I didn’t care for her spin afterward. I don’t trust her handlers and I was surprised by the degree of threatening anger her handlers and supporters who called in on the Joe Pags show.

I will hold my nose and vote for Perry because Medinah and KBH would be a much bigger disaster for our state.


54 posted on 02/21/2010 9:27:06 AM PST by Enough is ENOUGH (Select conservatives for the coming primaries, now. Vote out the incumbents.)
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To: mylife

This is not the CPAC you once knew. This is a CPAC full of the Gay Marriage Crowd and Paulistinians.


55 posted on 02/21/2010 9:30:42 AM PST by Ingtar (I closed my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment's gone...)
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To: LA Woman3

“But at the end of day, I think it’s going to be labeled backfire,” she added, repeating her contention that she was set up in Beck’s interview.


The woman believes that two direct questions were set ups? LOL

The questions began with:

1. “Do you believe”

2. “would you disavow”

And the answers she gave began her Waltz Across Texas...


56 posted on 02/21/2010 9:31:12 AM PST by deport
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To: dusttoyou

I like Perry, he has stuck by Gov. Palin and been a true friend to her through thick and thin. He’s a honorable man and a great leader for Texas. Not to mention if he wins the primary Gov. Palin will be back in TX campaigning for him. That right there is a good enough reason to vote for him.


57 posted on 02/21/2010 9:31:25 AM PST by Truth101A
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To: Ingtar

Its like herding cats!

The GOP is getting as bad as the Dems as far splinters go.


58 posted on 02/21/2010 9:36:21 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: deport
Crazy isn't it? The conspiracy theory I heard is that Glenn Beck has Pat Gray on his show now and Gray is from Texas. There is also the Palin/Fox News connection and Palin has endorsed Perry. Beck knew he would “ambush” Medina with the question. Connect the dots..../sarc!
59 posted on 02/21/2010 9:37:30 AM PST by LA Woman3
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To: Kansas58

If you actually listen to beck, he is a poser and supports Perry. America needs more people like Medina, otherwise things will never change.


60 posted on 02/21/2010 9:42:25 AM PST by kingpins10
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To: LA Woman3

Medina shot herself in the foot by not immediately refuting the 9/11 conspiracy theory on Beck’s show. Backtracking only makes her look disingenuous.


61 posted on 02/21/2010 9:44:48 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: LA Woman3
But as the multimillion-dollar contest comes to a close, Perry's bid for another four-year term appears to hinge not only on Hutchison's strength but on the fate of the third candidate in the race -- Debra Medina

What blather!! Medina self-destructed when she said that she would eliminate property taxes and, again, when she would not distance herself from the 9/11 Truthers!!

KBH's record is so appalling bad that, even for those of us who might like to see someone else challenge Perry (because of his occasional RINO tendencies), he's the best that we have to offer.

62 posted on 02/21/2010 9:45:44 AM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: LA Woman3

Connect the dots..../sarc!


Naw...... I find that Occam’s razor is more apt to be the truth without all the dot connecting.... But then dot connecting helps make the circular argument. LOL


63 posted on 02/21/2010 9:49:36 AM PST by deport
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To: LA Woman3

I see Medina is still trying to spin it.

Go away Medina.


64 posted on 02/21/2010 9:53:18 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Truth101A

Not to mention if he wins the primary Gov. Palin will be back in TX campaigning for him.


Palin may possibly make a campaign appearance with/for him around Mar. 25th when she is in Beaumont at the “Get Motivated Business Center”.


65 posted on 02/21/2010 9:54:01 AM PST by deport
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To: Man50D

It makes her look ineffective at best.
Cwazzah at the worst.


66 posted on 02/21/2010 9:55:37 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: All

Ya know what is hilarious?

There is NO mention of Bill White in this race.


67 posted on 02/21/2010 9:57:22 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: DustyMoment

Get rid of property taxes and give us 14% sales tax

Yeah, it is supposed to hit renters and illegals and benefit the land owner, but 14% sales tax?

I see that drying up business fast.

Medina is a nut.


68 posted on 02/21/2010 10:04:23 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Truth101A
I like Perry...

Come right down to it, is there a better-run state in the country than Texas?

69 posted on 02/21/2010 10:06:46 AM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Riptides

It was the interview the day after the Beck interview where she tried to “clear things up” that she really came off the rails.

She is a Truther.


70 posted on 02/21/2010 10:07:46 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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People want to believe. A Hispanic coworker who knows she isn’t Hispanic told be after the truther flap....”she broke my heart”


71 posted on 02/21/2010 10:10:11 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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told me


72 posted on 02/21/2010 10:11:26 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Poe White Trash

Nonsense. That kind of guilt through associaiton won’t work anywhere. Ron Paul is “friends” with a lot of anti-truthers as well such as radio host Scott Horton. Using that kind of argument is akin to the claim that because David Duke opposed affirmative action...therefore, all people who who oppose affirmative action are “birds of a feather.”


73 posted on 02/21/2010 10:17:57 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: mylife

I agree that many truthers support Paul. My guess is that is about a third of his backers. From personal experience, however, the other two thirds are anti-truthers. Paul himself is anti-truther. BTW, I think the birthers are no less nutty than the truthers. No GOP candidate, however, should be condemned just because he/she has “birther” support.


74 posted on 02/21/2010 10:25:16 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: okie01

All said and told, Texas still can manage its 10th amendment rights.

Perry did some very shitty things with the trans Texas corridor and toll roads.

The TTC died but we got lots of toll roads.

Aside from that he hasnt been so bad.

I live in the outskirts and the toll roads haven’t hit me so hard, but I hate them. TXDOT is so mismanaged.
We pay way to much for our roads.

Why do we pay all this tax for pock holed roads?
Here where I live the ran a great wall down the divide on I~30 to prevent cars crossing the median and having a head on collision, but the road surface is ****ed.

Then on top of that there is no mechanism to stop parallel frontage roads from having head on collisions. Its just a waste of money.

You could spend less on resurfacing and lights and a
have safer roadway


75 posted on 02/21/2010 10:26:06 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Captain Kirk

Dont get me started on birthers. They are nuts.

Obama doesn’t have to disclose that info, and he doesn’t because it whips THEM up and makes them look bad


76 posted on 02/21/2010 10:28:29 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: BunnySlippers

The one in which she thought no police officers died on 9/11?


77 posted on 02/21/2010 10:32:22 AM PST by LA Woman3
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To: LA Woman3
Perry gets my vote.

KBH and Medina are nutjobs.

78 posted on 02/21/2010 10:35:37 AM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: Allegra
KBH and Medina are nutjobs.

Don't forget White and Shami! LOL!
79 posted on 02/21/2010 10:44:47 AM PST by LA Woman3
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To: All

Kay attacks Perry for the deluxe road stops he had made.

I have never stopped at one but I do think they were necessary and I like them.

This is a big ol state and having a nice place to pull over every 3 hours is nice


80 posted on 02/21/2010 10:48:46 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Allegra
Ready for a roadTrip BBQ?


81 posted on 02/21/2010 10:56:43 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Captain Kirk
There are other reasons to accuse RP of Truther sympathies. Michelle Malkin has fairly comprehensive coverage (from 2007) here.

'though it perhaps may be more accurate to call RP a politician in his dotage, prone to scatterbrained and ill-considered responses to the Truthers who make up his entourage, than to say he has strong Truther sympathies. Perhaps.

However, it is flat-out wrong to say, as you did in your post #34, that RP is an anti-truther.

82 posted on 02/21/2010 11:03:26 AM PST by Poe White Trash (Wake up!)
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To: mylife

Love that grill!


83 posted on 02/21/2010 11:05:49 AM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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A Fav Tx road stop Schoepf's BBQ
84 posted on 02/21/2010 11:07:28 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Allegra

Needs Poke and Beef...


85 posted on 02/21/2010 11:08:08 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: kingpins10
America needs more people like Medina, otherwise things will never change.

I agree that we need more conservatives who support smaller government and a restoration of our liberties and strengths.

However, we don't need those who step into the RonPaul Moonbat Fringe - then it just gets weird.

86 posted on 02/21/2010 11:09:01 AM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: mylife
Needs Poke and Beef...

Yes, it does! I could go for some of that right now! {drool}

87 posted on 02/21/2010 11:10:12 AM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: LA Woman3
Medina now says she believes the incident may have strengthened her candidacy by galvanizing supporters

Wow I have never heard spin at warp speed!! That's pretty funny....

88 posted on 02/21/2010 11:11:19 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: Allegra

LoL!


89 posted on 02/21/2010 11:11:53 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Old Texan

Same here ...held my nose and voted for Guv Good Hair. God help us.......


90 posted on 02/21/2010 11:12:02 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: dusttoyou

A Farouk Shammy?...Didn’t Billy Mays hawk one of those items when he was alive?


91 posted on 02/21/2010 11:13:47 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: okie01

Better run than Texas? Keep thinking that as our state gets overrun from the Mexican hoards to the south.


92 posted on 02/21/2010 11:15:40 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: Poe White Trash

Ron Paul is not a truther! Michelle Malkin, who has always despised Paul’s foreign policy, is hardly a credible source.


93 posted on 02/21/2010 11:19:45 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: mylife

We completely agree on the birthers.....but, IMHO, that doesn’t mean that GOP candidates have an obligation to reject their support.


94 posted on 02/21/2010 11:22:31 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: Captain Kirk

I would elect Malkin before Paul


95 posted on 02/21/2010 11:26:44 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Captain Kirk

No, but we should embrace them lightly.


96 posted on 02/21/2010 11:28:27 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Captain Kirk
Michelle Malkin is a credible source. Many of the links she provides are to video/audio of RP speaking nonsense about 9/11 and the investigation of 9/11. Hey! Medina really is following in his footsteps!

The nonsense RP spouts is not in-your-face Trutherism, but is certainly intended to curry favor with the large Truther contingency of his Paulbot entourage. Whether this is a calculated pose on his part, or just a sign of his mental confusion, is evident to me.

Michelle Malkin is not the only one who despises RP's craven Paleo-crank foreign policy. I do, as do many others who post on FR (as you well know).

97 posted on 02/21/2010 11:33:14 AM PST by Poe White Trash (Wake up!)
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To: LA Woman3
I think it's going to be labeled backfire

Brainfart?

98 posted on 02/21/2010 11:33:27 AM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: Captain Kirk
Ron Paul is not a truther! Michelle Malkin, who has always despised Paul’s foreign policy, is hardly a credible source.

**************************

LOL!

99 posted on 02/21/2010 11:34:56 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Truth101A

Sarahacuda will be in Tyler on the 25th or 26th.


100 posted on 02/21/2010 11:40:06 AM PST by dusttoyou (libs are all wee wee'd up and no place to go)
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