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.
Of course, to most scientists or really anybody that has taken Science 101, the Earth’s age is not much of a mystery and has not been for a long, long time. But he core base that Rubio is playing to doesn’t agree. See those who follow a strict interpretation of the Bible regularly dispute the chronology put forth by scientists, and well that group is a core group for Republicans. Heck in June, Gallup found that 58% of Republicans take a creationist view of the world—i.e, God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years.
Update: Oh great. Rubio might not fancy himself scientist, but he IS a member of the Senate’s Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee. God help us!