Later that day she quickly backed away from the implications of her statement, saying that she has never believed the U.S. government was involved in 9/11. But she also said in a separate interview: "The 9/11 Commission report, you know, great sections of that are redacted and they're top secret. "That makes us all wonder, 'well what's happening back there?' The same is true with the birth certificate thing. I think it's healthy that people are asking questions."
PPP communications director Tom Jensen writes: "Fair or not the issue of whether Medina is a 'truther'- someone who thinks the federal government was involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks- seems to be hurting her. 21% of primary voters think she subscribes to that theory while another 29% are unsure. Among that half of the electorate Medina is getting just 7% with 51% going to Perry and 30% to Hutchison. Medina actually leads with the half that does not think she is a truther, with 33% to 32% for Hutchison and 29% for Perry."
The poll also finds that Rick Perry would start off as the heavy favorite to win the GOP runoff. Matched up against Hutchison, he leads by 52%-35%. Against Medina, he leads by 55%-36%.