“A Theory That’s Out There”

According to a piece at Inside Higher Ed, it’s apparently now time for the GOP presidential candidates’ evolution discussion:

Governor Rick Perry, the Texan whose entry has shaken up the race for the Republican presidential nomination, is continuing to question evolution. The Huffington Post has published videos of him in New Hampshire calling evolution “a theory that’s out there,” and a theory with “some gaps in it.” Then on Thursday, after a supporter in South Carolina praised his remarks, he said, “Well, God is how we got here. God may have done it in the blink of the eye or he may have done it over this long period of time, I don’t know. But I know how it got started.”

Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor who is one of Perry’s rivals for the nomination, then spoke out in defense of evolution, criticizing Perry’s statements both on origins and on climate change (Perry doubts the science). On Twitter, Huntsman wrote: “To be clear, I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”

Next up, journalists plan to ask the Republican candidates if they believe that Earth revolves around the Sun.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer