WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, an ordained minister who has said that he does not believe in evolution, said this type of question should not be asked of someone running for president because he is "not planning on writing the curriculum for an eighth-grade science book."
"If they want a president that doesn't believe in God, there's plenty of choices," Huckabee said.
He added, "My point is, I don't know. I wasn't there. But I believe whether God did it in six days or whether he did it in six days that represented periods of time, he did it. And that's what's important.
"But you know, if anybody wants to believe they're the descendants of a primate, they're welcome to do it."
After he finished his answer, Huckabee received loud applause from the audience and praise from his Republican rival Sen. John McCain.
–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich