Just when it looked like Debra Medina could maybe possibly somehow sneak her way past Kay Bailey Hutchison into a runoff with Rick Perry for a chance to grab the Republican nomination in November's gubernatorial election, she melted down during an interview this morning with Glenn Beck, who questioned Medina about rumors that she's a "9/11 truther," meaning she believes the government was involved in the collapse of the Twin Towers. Medina said it was the first she'd heard of such an accusation before Beck asked her: "Do you believe the government was any way involved with the bringing down of the World Trade Centers on 9/11?"
To which she replied: "I think some very good questions have been raised in that regard. There are some very good arguments, and I think the American people have not seen all of the evidence there. So I haven't taken a position on that."
After refusing to answer whether she'd dismiss advisers who do believe the government was behind 9/11, Beck dismissed Medina and said, "Rick, I think you and I could French kiss right now."
We're thinking Beck isn't the only one feeling that way. As he said, "Wow, the fastest way back to 4 percent. Holy cow."
Update at 12:45 p.m.: Medina responds after the jump.
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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 the 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.