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Marco Rubio Not Sure Whether the Earth Was Created 'in 7 Days or 7 Actual Eras'

A couple choice answers from a GQ profile of Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), seen as one of the leading contenders for the GOP in 2016.

RubioGQ: 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.

Slate notes, of the answer: "So this answer, as confounding as it is, turns out to be pretty clever. Rubio is mushy on the "age of the earth" itself, which would cast him forever as a scientific know-nothing. But he posits that the Earth was created in "seven days or seven actual eras" -- and that these are the only possible options. That's a popular position!"

Here's another question:

GQ: You talk a lot to young Republicans. Recently I met a Republican who said, my kids are in high school and there's a prom. There's straight kids, gay kids. It's no big deal to them. And he says, my party, the Republican party, has to stop putting these social issues out there and talking more about stuff that effects people.

Marco Rubio: I think that's unfair. A significant percentage of Americans feel very strongly about this issue. What I'm hearing is that it's ok for one side to express their view and the other side needs to be quiet. There are a very significant number of Americans that feel very strongly about the issue of life, about the issue of marriage and are we saying that they should be silenced or not allowed to speak or voice their opinion? There's a way to do that that is respectful and productive. There are things we'll always disagree on, but it doesn't mean we go to war over them or divide our country over them. We agree to disagree, but we continue to work together on the things we all know that we have to do.

In related news, David Mixner posts a video from an appearance Rubio made in Iowa over the weekend at a Republican fundraising dinner as evidence the Tea Party favorite is already getting his feet wet.

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  1. Except one is a theory and the other is a story... A theory is backed by scientific evidence. A story is repeated by people for a long time and can have little or no basis in fact...

    Posted by: Phillip | Nov 19, 2012 12:54:14 PM


  2. Marco knows exactly what he thinks (he's and anti-science Repub) ... what he doesn't know is which response would be potentially the best for his 2016 campaign. Should be stay the rightie that he is and woo the Tea Baggers or should he moderate (and accept science) to woo the Independants? Stay tuned!

    Posted by: Iow aGuy | Nov 19, 2012 12:54:38 PM


  3. Rubio is just another GOP tool. He is either an idiot or pandering and I think it's the latter.

    "Marco Rubio: I think that's unfair. A significant percentage of Americans feel very strongly about this issue. What I'm hearing is that it's ok for one side to express their view and the other side needs to be quiet."

    So basically, you're encouraging people to be bigoted? If these people were saying that we should have segregation would that be just another valid point of view that we should have public discourse? The bible has slavery? Should we encourage that discussion again?

    Sorry, but I'm tired of these GOP blowhards. They need to be banished off the island once and for all....they are just encouraging hatred and division.

    Posted by: MikeH | Nov 19, 2012 12:56:59 PM


  4. so nuance and intellectual honesty and discernment is lost on the GOP.

    wow. what a surprise.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 19, 2012 1:00:16 PM


  5. Rubio's "explanation" is a variant of something Catholic churches and schools have been pushing for many years. Unlike evangelical fundamentalists, the Cathoic Church has stated that there is no conflict between Genesis and Darwin. In simplest terms, it boils down to a question: How long is one day for God? Is it an Earthbound 24 hour day, or a billion Earth years, or something in between?

    Btw, none of the above is an attempt to defend the Catholic Church, one of the most repressive institutions known to man. Just an illustration of how they are desperately parsing doctrine.

    Posted by: Hank | Nov 19, 2012 1:00:57 PM


  6. P.S. and the press is just awful these days. They should immediately ask him the question I put in my previous comment. There is no doubt that he is saying it is socially acceptable to consider gay people 2nd class citizens. Why aren't these people ever called on the carpet for their bigotry. Instead they get crickets and a pass. This won't stop until they are called out.

    Posted by: MikeH | Nov 19, 2012 1:04:26 PM


  7. why do people like him continue to "defend a parent's right to drive their own children to suicide"?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 19, 2012 1:06:16 PM


  8. Hank is right about the Catholic church interpretation of science and the way it twists itself into a pretzel to defend the existence of their god. Rubio is an idiot. He is completely "qualified" to answer the question of how old the Earth is. It is basic science, not something that will take you years of study to understand. And his defense of anti-gay views?! Because a significantly large amount of people hate gays and want to deny them their rights then their argument is a sound one and we must listen to it? He is the Republican party and his views are why the party is doomed.

    Posted by: Isaac | Nov 19, 2012 1:12:26 PM


  9. I doubt that Marco Rubio is an unintelligent man. His answers just show what a strangle hold the fundamentalists and other wing nuts have on the once Grand Old Party. Actually, this is good news for the democrats in 2016.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 19, 2012 1:12:48 PM


  10. Rubio is just another ignorant, intolerant social conservative wearing a small, pointy hat and pretending it's a big tent. He made robocalls for NOM against marriage equality. He's Romney in brown face. He's a garden-variety homophobe, "man"!

    Posted by: Richard | Nov 19, 2012 1:25:29 PM


  11. Saying that you are not qualified to understand basic science in this day and age implies that you are certainly unqualified to understand economic or social theory either. So why should we think his opinions on job creation etc are any more useful than the babble about days and eras.

    Posted by: Damien | Nov 19, 2012 1:26:56 PM


  12. I had thought that Rubio might be interesting and someone who was a fiscal conservative and, at least, a social moderate. Well, nope. He's a social conservative who will be in debt to the Christian Conservatives, if he took office.

    He is just weaseling out of these questions. He is making false equivalencies. If some religion believed that the Earth was flat would that be taught as "an alternate theory"? One is science and should be taught in science class; the other is religion and should be taught in religion class. To ignore this is to put the human race in a backward trend. Who would have thought we'd be debating Galileo all over again?

    As for gay rights, how would Senator Rubio feel if someone said that Hispanics couldn't marry the person they chose because of a racial difference? Or Latinos can't go to the prom, but should enjoy their own fiesta, instead? Discrimination is discrimination. It's ironic that those minorities who have faced discrimination in the past don't see it.

    Rubio is already running for President, clearly. He knows that he will need the Christian Conservatives to win the primaries. If he doesn't give them what they want, they will back someone who will. So, he is putting out very carefully worded replies.

    But he's not fooling anyone.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Nov 19, 2012 1:28:40 PM


  13. “It doesn't take rocket science to say this: "I know Earth is older than 7 days, or 7 actual eras.”

    Posted by: newz4i | Nov 19, 2012 1:34:54 PM


  14. Social Conservatives like Rubio will only learn to lie better. Haveta keep the pressure on them, and expose them for the lying freaks that they are.

    Posted by: Disgust | Nov 19, 2012 1:35:20 PM


  15. There is essentially one theory how the Universe was created with some slight variations. There were ample experimental data supporting the theory. Several Nobel prices have been given already.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 19, 2012 1:40:17 PM


  16. "We agree to disagree..." Not where my civil rights are concerned.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Nov 19, 2012 1:41:26 PM


  17. Do I understand that last paragraph quotation to mean;
    the "Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name" is too loud ?

    Well imagine that !
    After generations of shutting the F*ck Up and being quiet now we should respect the opinions of others and "agree to disagree". How genteel !

    Rubin, did you just land from Planet Dumbo ?
    Have you any concept of what gay people have had to live with and continue to live with from the friendly majority which is even allowed to vote on our rights ?
    Are you going to vote to enact ENDA, did you support ending DADT ?
    As for your clever dodge of the Creation/Evolution curve ball, wow, your career would never survive saying the wrong thing , would it?
    Better to sit on the fence in the company of your fellow bed wetters.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 19, 2012 1:41:35 PM


  18. Well, based on that answer, he's not going to win in 2016. I suppose being the nominee is an honor (just ask Mitt Romney), but at the end of the day you would need to win the whole thing.

    Of course he knows that the Earth is over 4 Billion years old, but his awkward attempt to finesse the issue is ridiculous.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 19, 2012 1:57:40 PM


  19. Meh...he gave a typical politicians response.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 19, 2012 2:01:01 PM


  20. Those who want to profess it's only 7 days, or those who want to slam the Bible for it, should realize the technical day wasn't created until the 4th "day".

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 19, 2012 2:03:35 PM


  21. Senator Rubio is even ignorant about the bible. According to the account in genesis (which, btw, has been accepted as an allegory for over 1000 years) EVERYTHING-not just earth- was made in SIX 'days.'Earth and all plant life were made in ONE of those 'days,'the third.

    The junior senator from Florida (the state where i am fated to reside) has proven he is not a man of faith or science. just a poseur and a pander.

    Posted by: eric | Nov 19, 2012 2:09:13 PM


  22. This man is clueless idiot!

    And wait till his garbage falls out of his dubious financial closet!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Nov 19, 2012 2:13:41 PM


  23. And try 4.9 billion years, Rubio!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Nov 19, 2012 2:15:07 PM


  24. His theory may be the BIG BANG originated from the backside of God.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 19, 2012 2:23:41 PM


  25. annoying dolt -- what the repubs don't seem to grab is people don't want to be led by people less intelligent than them -- they want a smart guy -- totally explains why Palin has made no headway nationally...

    Posted by: David B. | Nov 19, 2012 2:35:51 PM


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