Apparently rumors had been circulating about Medina's ties to the 9/11 "truthers." When she called-in to Beck's radio program this morning, Beck asked her point-blank if she believed in the truthers' theory that the U.S. government was behind the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
"I don't have all the evidence there, Glenn," Medina responded. "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."
Uhhh, what?! Sure, people are free to believe whatever they want, no matter how crazy. But surely Medina wouldn't involve crazy people in her campaign. Beck asked her if she would disavow people on her campaign team who held such a belief and she replied, "I'm certainly not into mind control or thought policing people... I don't see us having a team of radical individuals, if you will."
After the call ended, Beck half-joked, "While I don't endorse anyone, I think I can write her off the list. Let me take another look at Kay Bailey Hutchison, if I have to. Rick [Perry], I think you I could French kiss right now."A full transcript of the program segment is available here.
Update: Medina released the following statement this afternoon:
"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.[# More #]
"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."