February 11th, 2010
04:15 PM ET
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Perry, Hutchison slam rival over 9/11 comments

(CNN) – A candidate for the Texas gubernatorial nomination is taking heat from her rivals over controversial comments she made about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In a radio interview Thursday, Debra Medina, refused to take a position when directly asked whether she believed the government was involved in the destruction of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

"I don't have all of the evidence there, Glenn," Medina told host Glenn Beck on Beck's radio program, according to a transcript of the interview published on the radio program's Web site. "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."

During the interview, Medina reiterated that she was not going to take a position on the governmental involvement theory whose adherents are often referred to as "9/11 truthers." But she added, "These questions have been raised and they are not answered."

In an effort to clarify her remarks, Medina's campaign issued a statement after the interview.

"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," she said. "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."

Medina's rivals for the GOP nod in the Texas gubernatorial race quickly pounced on her remarks.

"Today's comments were an insult to the thousands of Americans who lost loved ones on
9/11 and the military men and women who are overseas protecting our country," Texas Gov. Rick Perry said in a statement issued by his re-election campaign. "President Bush worked tirelessly to protect our nation from additional terrorist attacks and anyone who would suggest 9/11 is a conspiracy involving the Bush administration should be ashamed."

Texas GOP Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison sounded a similar note in responding to Medina's comments.

"I know exactly who was responsible for the horrific attacks on September 11th – Al Qaeda terrorists who declared war on America," the senator said in a statement released by her campaign. "To suggest otherwise is an affront to the men and women who are sacrificing their lives to root out the terrorists in Afghanistan and around globe. Ever since that tragic day, I have fought tirelessly to ensure that we hunted down the Islamic extremists who target our nation. No one stood closer to President Bush and Vice President Cheney in their efforts to defeat the terrorist threat to our freedom."

Filed under: Kay Bailey Hutchison • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Scott Kenan

    Well handled, Ms. Medina! meow

    February 11, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. Slave labor toyotas are great,hahaha

    Ive learned nothing is impossible if there is money to be gained or political advantage to be had.Ask the "seven laughing israelis" for the answer.

    February 11, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Perry ain't no better when he suggested Texas leave the Union while our men and women are serving in the Middle East. What kind of so-called Governor would make such a suggestion, certainly not one who should be in leadership.

    February 11, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    I truly hope terrorists strike Dalla TX next.

    That will get rid of a lot of rednecks AND the guy that said "bring it on" and "mission accomplished" and "if you aint with us, you're against us"

    PLEASE leave normal Americans alone.

    February 11, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Ms. Medina should leave the nuttiness to Ron Paul!

    Go KBH!

    February 11, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  6. Reggie from LA

    You've got to be kidding me. Gov. Rick Perry's "patriot's path" comments are ridiculously irresponsible, and fun. Sounds more like a sideshow announcer. Ms Medina's comments reflected sound judgment. It doesn't matter what she or any speaker THINKS. Her approach that "boob" trap was intellectual. Gov. Perry's comments were poorly crafted considering the trap he attempted to set for her. He blew it.

    February 11, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |