• Marco Rubio Unsure of Age of the Earth

    It's only approximately 1,140 days until the first caucuses of the 2016 primary campaign, not that anyone's counting, which means it's time to get on the road to Iowa. Sadly, Marco Rubio knows that this road sometimes passes through Ignorance, USA and he's a little too eager to make a campaign stop there, while talking to GQ

    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'm not a scientist, man" has to be among the most honest things an elected official has ever said. It should be the title of a show co-hosted by Rubio and Bill O'Reilly, with Tides: How Do They Work? and Radioactive Dating: You Can't Explain That being the season's first two episodes. It's wholesome entertainment, if nothing else. Like a dog wearing a sweater, watching a Senator talk natural history is unnatural, but hysterical.

    Related: A Republican Natural History of Life on Earth

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    Tags: Marco Rubio, Science & Technology


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