Yep, they’re already getting worried about Rubio ’16. Gentlemen’s Quarterly, which is something called a “magazine” and is still publishing for some reason, interviewed Marco Rubio for their December issue. And they thought this was a question that needed to be asked:
GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?
Marco Rubio: I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.
“I don’t know, I don’t care, and I think people should be free to believe what they want.” Wow, what a controversial answer. TPM thinks so, anyway.
I’ve never really understood why it matters what politicians say about such things. If you believe in evolution (which I do, incidentally, despite the contrary evidence presented by the mere existence of Bill Maher), then what does it matter what Rubio or anybody else says? It’s not like anybody can ban evolution. It happens whether you believe in it or not. Who cares? The only jobs this creates are for left-wing bloggers.
Liberals and the media (PTR) never ask Joe Biden how old the planet is, of course, because then they’d have to remind him which one he’s standing on.
P.S. As the 2012 elections taught us, polls are always right. Including the one that says 46% of Americans believe in creationism, including 39% of independents and 41% of Democrats. Well, I think they have the right to believe that, even though I don’t. (HT: Allahpundit)