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.


  1. Phillip says

    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…

  2. Iow aGuy says

    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!

  3. MikeH says

    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.

  4. says

    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.

  5. MikeH says

    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.

  6. Isaac says

    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.

  7. andrew says

    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.

  8. Richard says

    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”!

  9. Damien says

    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.

  10. gr8guyca says

    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.

  11. simon says

    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.

  12. says

    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.

  13. anon says

    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.

  14. Michael says

    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”.

  15. eric says

    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.

  16. David B. says

    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…

  17. Diogenes Arktos says

    Rubio has already lost the Religious Right. This was a simple answer according to most on the Religious Right: 4004BC. (According to Bp Ussher: the evening preceding 23 October, to be exact) No major discussion is allowed, except for a few years. Certainly no paragraph long answer!

    A good Episcopal priest friend of mine was on a job interview and was asked whether Jesus walked on water. He gave a paragraph long answer – and immediately sensed he lost the job. He told a group of us that it evidently was a “yes or no” question. To which we responded, no, it was a “yes” question.

  18. jjose712 says

    I have to say that this creacionist theories are something totally alien for me. I was in a Catholic school in my teen years, and frankly if someone tried to explain creacionism, everybody would laugh in his face.
    The inteligent design is everything but inteligent.
    In europe if a polititian cuestion the evolution it would be ridiculed to no end.

  19. jjose712 says

    And by the way, if the tea party reminds powerful the republican candidate won’t stand a chance in the elections.
    To be elected by the republican party the candidate needs to please far right lobbys, and doing that, he will lose any posibility to attract the center votes.
    If they really want to win, they need a fiscal conservative but social moderate, but that’s not going to happen. In fact republican moderates are being bullied by the tea party.
    Maybe after losing a couple of more elections they realize the obvious

  20. EchtKultig says

    This is going to be the GOP mantra for this next 4 years: we’re still going to be idiotic, but we’re going to be more ambiguously idiotic. Ohhh…and more latino, since we think they are the minority we are most likely to win over.

  21. Bayhuntr says

    The senator is leaving out the part where they make their personal opinions, their free speech into laws that hurt the gay community. For those that were hoping for a Rubio that is moderat on social issues and a fiscal conservative, you’re living in a Log Cabin fantasy world. If you want a fiscal conservative, pick a Democrat, they are the only ones to come close in the last 35 years. Even the old claim “Tax and spend” is more fiscally conservative then “Spend and borrow”. It’s the difference of paying cash out of your wallet, or putting it on a credit card. Paul Ryan, Mr Fiscal Conservitive had is name on every bill that landed in front if him until the moment Obama took the oath. In spit of the crap on the right, most I’d the US credit card bill we have to barrow to pay to day, was ran up by the Republicans.
    Rubio is just the next generation of right wing nut jobs, who are determined to for their religious on the rest of the nation. If they succeed, we will not be able to compete in an educated world.

  22. Diogenes Arktos says

    I think his insistence on “two parent” households (never was it “a mother and a father”) will also come back to bite him. He’s inadvertanly made a great ad for marriage equality with this speech. I loved the way he dodged the gay issue in his GQ response.

  23. Chris in Irvine says

    The Republicans are going to put an action plan to win the 2016 elections. I don’t think Obama will “screw up” in the next four years, but I hope the Democrats don’t “fall asleep” either before it’s too late. We should start showing who these people are – Rubio, Christie, Bachmann, etc especially the ones that want to run for POTUS next time.

  24. Icebloo says

    Yep he’s a Republican. He does all he can to avoid the question – as usual they don’t want you to know they believe all this crazy stuff so they talk about the economy instead. He will go to a Republican fundraiser and claim he believe in the Bible stupidity because the audience there will be similar freaks. Then he will come to the mainstream media like this interview and deny those insane beliefs !

    You can’t have it both ways Republicans – which DO you believe ?

  25. Gast says

    I can’t stand Rubio, he’s a snake. I remember this ad he did for Romney about medicare. Rubio said something like: “Medicare wont be the same for you and I, but we will leave Medicare as it is for seniors 65 and up. After all it is the least we can do for them [our parents, grandparents]” As if time would freeze and folks would stop getting old. It was disgusting and disingenuous.

  26. says

    Here in TN, they have taken steps though new legislation to allow creationism back into the classroom. This law turns the clock back nearly 100 years here in the seemingly unprogressive South and is simply embarrassing. There is no argument against the Theory of Evolution other than that of religious doctrine. The Monkey Law only opens the door for fanatic Christianity to creep its way back into our classrooms. You can see my visual response as a Tennessean to this absurd law on my artist’s blog at with some evolutionary art and a little bit of simple logic.

  27. Diogenes Arktos says

    @Gast: nice try, but two dollar bills really exist and are legal tender

    Gov Jindal of Louisiana is another attempt at an intellectual, but his state education system is a disaster and he’s decided to allow vouchers for Christian religious schools. (There was a scare at one point by a state legislator that vouchers might be allowed at an Islamic charter school!)

  28. Bill says

    jjose712’s comment, “The inteligent design is everything but inteligent,” reminded me of a wise-ass comment I’ve heard at a gym, as a complaint about sore joints, tendons, etc.: if it’s intelligent design, can we ask for a recall or file a product-liability suit against God?

  29. Jim says

    The age of the earth is not a theory. It is a calculated fact in geology. Marco Rubio doesn’t need to be a scientist to know this fact, but he needs to be an intelligent, informed, educated person which he clearly is not. If he wants to know, he can look it up in an encyclopedia. Apparently being a know-nothing is now a requirement to win the Republican presidential nomination. Will ignorance be a qualification for the presidency in 2016? In happier days it was a disqualification. Let’s keep it that way.

  30. simon says

    First we have Rick Perry saying evolution is just a “theory” . Now we have Rubio saying Big Bang is just a “theory”. They are trying to add creationism into the school curriculum in Texas and may be Florida. This is dangerous. Richard Dawkin had an article in Washington Post lamenting that “Ignorance and lack of education are positive qualifications” to be a leader in Today’s Republican Party.

  31. Diogenes Arktos says

    Just like some other scientific illiterates in Congress, Rubio is on some scientific committees:(

    Rubio may already be dead becuase our friend Bryan Fischer thinks Hispanics are an inferior stock of socialists who don’t share the proper values of this country.

    @Jaragon: it’s published in the December 2012 issue. I presume it was pre-election. Had it been post-election, I’m sure the debacle would have been discussed.

  32. Vatar says

    And here’s then-Sen. Obama, D-Ill., speaking at the Compassion Forum at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. on April 13, 2008:

    Q: Senator, if one of your daughters asked you—and maybe they already have—“Daddy, did god really create the world in 6 days?,” what would you say?

    A: What I’ve said to them is that I believe that God created the universe and that the six days in the Bible may not be six days as we understand it … it may not be 24-hour days, and that’s what I believe. I know there’s always a debate between those who read the Bible literally and those who don’t, and I think it’s a legitimate debate within the Christian community of which I’m a part. My belief is that the story that the Bible tells about God creating this magnificent Earth on which we live—that is essentially true, that is fundamentally true. Now, whether it happened exactly as we might understand it reading the text of the Bible: That, I don’t presume to know.

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