Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is rumored to be eyeing higher office, but there’s at least one kind of job he won’t be going after: scientist.
In an interview with GQ Magazine, Rubio, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, was asked how old he thought Earth was. He replied, “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.”
Of course, you don’t have to be a scientist to find that the U.S. Geological Survey puts Earth’s age at about 4.54 billion years.
But it’s not exactly a mystery why Rubio would make these comments, right around his much-hyped trip to Iowa, which hold the first caucuses in the nation. Slate points out that 68% of potential GOP Iowa caucus-goers, believe that Earth was created in six days.
Looks like Rubio’s already got political pandering down to a science.