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Politico: Rivals try to pin Sept. 11 slip on Debra Medina

Rivals try to pin Sept. 11 slip on Debra Medina

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Tea party candidate Debra Medina was thrashed Thursday by her two powerful Republican rivals in the Texas gubernatorial race after suggesting that the United States government may have played a role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The businesswoman and grass-roots activist has been surging in recent polls and is even threatening to beat out three-term Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for a second-place finish to Gov. Rick Perry, despite having neither the money nor the staff that both Perry and Hutchison boast.

But Medina’s slip Thursday — telling conservative talk show host Glenn Beck that “good questions have been raised” about the federal government having a hand in the terrorist attacks — has Perry and Hutchison smelling blood in the water and hoping to crush the insurgent candidate.

“Today’s comments were an insult to the thousands of Americans who lost loved ones on Sept. 11 and the military men and women who are overseas protecting our country,” Perry said in a statement. “President Bush worked tirelessly to protect our nation from additional terrorist attacks and anyone who would suggest Sept. 11 is a conspiracy involving the Bush administration should be ashamed.”

In her response to Medina, Hutchison said, “I know exactly who was responsible for the horrific attacks on Sept. 11 — Al Qaeda terrorists who declared war on America.”

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