[Guest post by DRJ]
Glenn Beck’s interview of Debra Medina, a candidate in the GOP primary for Texas Governor, is a big story today on the internet. An excerpt from the transcript of the Beck-Medina interview is below the fold, and Medina appears to admit she’s open to 9/11 truthers if she’s not a believer herself.
Polls showed Medina growing in popularity in Texas and this interview should end that surge, but I doubt her positions on other issues would have carried her candidacy much higher. At the Texas GOP primary debate in January, Medina said she is willing to consider legalizing drugs and wants to eliminate Texas property taxes and replace them with a State-wide sales tax. Both ideas are worth considering but neither will pass anytime soon, and basing a campaign on them strikes me as unrealistic.
From the Beck-Medina interview transcript:
“GLENN: Right. Here’s then let me be more frank and ask you the question: Do you believe the government was any way involved with the bringing down of the World Trade Centers on 9/11?
MEDINA: I don’t, I don’t have all of the evidence there, Glenn. So I don’t 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 are some very good arguments, and I think the American people have not seen all of the evidence there. So I’ve not taken a position on that.
GLENN: I think the people of America might think that might be a yes.
GLENN: Do you have advisors, do you have advisor
MEDINA: I’m not going to take a position.
GLENN: That’s fine.
MEDINA: These questions have been raised and they are not answered.
GLENN: Do you have advisors that advise you or people that are around you that are 9/11 Truthers?
MEDINA: Not to my knowledge.
GLENN: Would you, if you found out that there were, would you disavow them like the president should have but I mean, he escorted them out in the middle of the night. Van Jones was a 9/11 Truther. If you found out that people around you are advising you were 9/11 Truthers, would you disavow them or allow them to continue to advise you?
MEDINA: Well, you know, that’s a federal issue. We’re very focused on issues in Texas, on Texas state government. I’m certainly not into mind control or thought policing people.
GLENN: No, that’s a pretty big one.
MEDINA: We’ve got a very diverse team in this state and that’s because Texans are standing shoulder to shoulder to support and defend the Constitution. I frankly don’t have time, you know, to go through and do psychological testing on people and know every thought or detail that they have.
GLENN: No, I don’t think it’s psychological at all.
MEDINA: I don’t see us having a team of radical individuals, if you will. I think that there are certainly some that are looking, trying to use scare tactics. I you know, are there people?
GLENN: No, I don’t think they’re scare tactics. Debra, you’ve answered the question.
MEDINA: Yeah, are there people that have tried to come and be a part of our team
MEDINA: that have not gotten on the team? Absolutely there are. But I can’t
GLENN: Yeah, I understand. Debra, you’ve answered the question.
MEDINA: You know, I don’t know. That’s so out of context, it’s difficult for me to answer.
MEDINA: I think it would depend on, you know, how vocal they were about that and how much I thought it colored whatever other talent they brought to the table.
GLENN: Yeah. Okay, Debra, thank you very much. I appreciate it and best of luck to you.
MEDINA: Thank you, Glenn.”