Obama once gave Rubio-like answer on Earth's age

Though Rubio has been attacked for flirting with creationism, Obama has said something similar


Jillian Rayfield
November 21, 2012 9:50PM (UTC)

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has been taking flak for dipping a toe into creationism earlier this week. But President Obama made similar comments about the age of the Earth during the presidential campaign in 2008.

Here's the transcript and video, via Daily Intel:

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Campbell Brown: 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?

Barack Obama: I'm trying to remember if we've had this conversation. 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 that I think is a legitimate debate within the Christian community of which I'm a part. You know, my belief is that the story the Bible tells about God creating this magnificent Earth on which we live, that 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, you know, I don't presume to know.

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Compare that with Rubio's answer in 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.


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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