Glenn Beck interviews Republican Texas gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. Beginning from 6:04 into the interview.
Medina: (reacting to a question concerning the growth of government in Texas under Gov. Rick Perry.) …Get property tax eliminated, do revenue neutral sales tax and you will see 150,000 new jobs, $3 billion net personal income increase in the first year.
Beck: I have, um, when I said that I was going to have you on, you can't imagine the mail, pro and con that I received. There was a theme that ran, um, against you and that is "you're a 9/11 truther."
Medina: Well, there's lots of, there's lots of mud that people would like to throw at Debra Medina and make stick. The truth is I'm an everyday, ordinary person. Um, I am fighting for the things that our Founders fought for; those very basic principles of a constitutional republic. And I'm gonna champion people that hold their government accountable- hold me accountable, um, but, um, that's the first time I've heard that accusation. (nervous laughter) And, that's an interesting one.
Beck: Yeah. Right. Here's the… 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 am not in a place… I have not been out publicly questioning that. I think some very good questions have been raised in that regard. Uh, there are some very good arguments and, and I think the American people have not seen all of the evidence there. So, I've, I've not taken a position on that.
Beck: I think that people (co-host Pat Gray giggling: "That's sounds like a 'yes' to me.") in America think that might be a "yes."
Beck: Do you have, do you have advisors or…? (at this point, Debra Medina is talking beneath Glenn Beck).
Medina: (translation to the best of my ability)… I don't think I'm not going to take a position where um good questions and there not answered.
Beck: Ok, that's fine. Do you, do you have advisors or people that advise you around you that are 9/11 truthers?
Medina: Not to my knowledge.
Beck: Would you, if you found out that there were, would you, um, disavow them; like the President, um, should have, but, um, I mean he escorted him out in the middle of the night. Van Jones was a 9/11 truther. Uh, if you found out that people around you or advising you were 9/11 truthers, would you disavow them or,… allow them to continue to advise you?
Medina: Well, uh, you know, that's a, a Federal issue. We're very focused on issues in Texas on Texas state government. I'm certainly not into, um, mind control or thought policing people…
Glenn Beck: (interrupts) No; that's a pretty big one.
Medina: (continuing previous sentence)…We've got a very diverse team because Texans are standing shoulder to shoulder to defend the constitution. Um, I frankly don't have,…
Glenn Beck: (interrupts) …um, yeah,
Medina: …time to, you know, go through and do psychological testing on people and know…
Glenn Beck: (interrupts) …nah, I don't think it's psychological testing at all.
Medina: … and know every detail they have. I… I don't see us having a team of radical individuals, if you will. I think that there's certainly some that are looking, uh, trying to use scare tactics. Um. I, you know,…
Glenn Beck: (interrupts) No; I don't think it's there's a scare tactic… Debra, you've answered the question.
Medina: … are there people who have tried to come and
Medina: …be a part of our team that have not gotten on the team? Absolutely there are. But, I um, I, I can't,
Beck: Yeah, I understand.
Medina: …you know, without of a lot of context,
Beck: Debra? You've answered the question. There's, there's, there's…
Medina: …it's difficult for me to answer. I guess it would depend on how, um, vocal they were and how much I thought it colored whatever talent they brought to the table.
Beck: (skeptically) Um, yeah.
Beck: (a more congenial tone) Ok, Debra, thank you very much; I appreciate it. And best of luck to you.
Medina: Thank you, Glenn.
Beck: You bet. Bye-bye.
Beck: (A worrisome tone) I think…
Pat Gray: Wooooo. Problematic?
Beck: Well, I, well I don't endorse anyone I think….
Pat Gray: (laughing) [Makes the sound of a deflating tire].
Beck: …I think I can write her off the list. Let me take another look at Kay Bailey Hutchinson if I have to.
Pat Gray continues to laugh.
Beck: Rick, (says boastfully with unbridled wit) think you and I could French kiss right now after this.
Pat Gray: Let me tell you something, he's a damn handsome man.
Beck: He's a damn handsome man.
Pat Gray: [He] looks good in a pair of jeans.
Pat Gray: He's a handsome man.
Beck: Wow! The fastest way back to four percent. (Referring to an earlier poll which had Debra Medina at 4% in the Republican gubernatorial race behind Texas Governor Rick Perry and Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Beck had her on the show because in recent weeks she's made significant gains and is now around 25%.)
Beck: Cooo! Holy cow!
Pat Gray: I mean, and we're going to get it. I'm going to hear from people in Texas.
Beck: Oh no!
Pat Gray: (in a high toned, panicky voice) How can you take her…? (switches back to normal voice) We just asked the question!
Beck: [We just] asked the question.
Pat Gray: Because we got all the rumors; I expected her to say 'Oh, absolutely not!'
Stu: Even if you are a truther, there's an easy answer to that which is 'Of course not! What are you talking about?'
Pat Gray: That is not what she said! Absolutely not! I am not a 9/11 truther.
Beck: But at least give her credit….
Stu: Give her credit she told the truth.
Beck: …for telling the truth.
Pat Gray: She didn't lie. She didn't lie.
Beck: But even if you believe the United States government blew up the World Trade Center there should be no other higher priority.
Pat Gray: And that's….
Beck: …no other higher priority.
Pat Gray: And I don't want to hear from you, if you're a 9/11 truther on her side, save your emails.
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