September 25th, 2010
03:15 PM ET
10 years ago

O'Donnell in 1998: 'Evolution is a myth'

(CNN) - Keeping to his promise that he would release a controversial video clip of Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell every week until she appears on his television show, liberal comedian Bill Maher unveiled another clip of the Tea Party favorite on Friday.

In the latest clip, culled from a 1998 episode of Maher’s old show “Politically Incorrect,” O’Donnell is shown vehemently asserting that “evolution is a myth.”

Video: 'Evolution is a myth,' says O'Donnell in 1998

A stupefied Maher asks, “Have you ever looked at a monkey?” to which O’Donnell replies, “Well then...why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?”

Maher aired the clip on his current HBO show, "Real Time with Bill Maher."

The latest clip comes days after video of O’Donnell surfaced showing the candidate in 2003 claiming its possible to stop Americans from having sex.

And last week, Maher released a clip that featured O’Donnell in 1999 saying that in high school she “dabbled into witchcraft.”

O’Donnell’s campaign has dismissed the previous clips as distractions.

According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday, Democratic Senate nominee Chris Coons holds a 16 percentage point lead over O’Donnell among likely voters, 55 percent to 39 percent. Among the wider pool of registered voters, Coons leads O'Donnell by 25 points.

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. AndyBlue

    Wow. She really believes evolution is a myth??? Nutters!

    September 25, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Matthew Curley

    I'm a liberal Democrat and I think Bill Maher is an intolerant jerk as bad as any bigot out there. This latest release is nothing shocking, though he would like you to believe that O'Donnels views on evolution make her some sort of nut. The truth is if she claims to be a Christian and a conservative, which she openly does, then it follows that she most likely does not prescribe to the theory of evolution. You will find that this applies to MANY of our elected members of the House and Senate, mostly Republicans, but no doubt some Democrats as well.

    As I said before I am a liberal and a Democrat, but I am also a Christian. I don't find any of these labels to be mutually exclusive. Though I hold to a belief in God I don't claim to know the first thing about how the world came to be or how it eventually devoloped, and I'm open-minded enough to be willing to accept a variety of explanations without my religious faith being shaken. I think it arrogent to be closed minded and rigid in your thinking about such things, but it is equally arrogant to openly mock someone for exercising their personal right to have their own opinions and beliefs.

    If Christine O'Donnell is elected her beliefs on such matters will have no effect on how evolution is taught in school. She like so many religious conservatives in the House and Senate will discover she has no power to affect such issues and she will shut up about them. Some things are decided and settled and that is one of them.

    September 25, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Clwyd

    It was along time ago, but this woman, pathetic palin, Rand Paul, Rubio. Angle and Wegmann are all nut cases that don't belong out after dark! The republican party thinks they are in a limbo contest! How low can they go?

    September 25, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. The reality is...

    Wow! Looks like someone is getting desperate when the only thing they can find to discredit a candidate is some old videos, but so what? Evolution has not been proven to be true and never will be proven, but you will always have those who perpetuate the theory. Wait, not always, when Jesus Christ returns he'll make the truth clear once and for all. Meanwhile, the evolutionists and creationists need to learn how to get along and respect each other views. Time will tell who is correct.

    September 25, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    This is just sad. I have no other words.

    September 25, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. D0 not reply to this

    Boy what a bizarro world we live in. I guess that if she does not believe in evolution, she believes in??? God? The big bang theory? Don't people have a RIGHT to believe in something ~or~ the RIGHT not to? I'm not siding here. I just think that there is so much truth & lies being spread around that people need to research and find the facts themselves. The most scariest of voters are the ones who are MISinformed when doing so.

    September 25, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Marry

    Are we really sure these people should be in any position in Government?? Please, don’t do this to our country! Vote responsible and smart!

    September 25, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    This is my perennial frustration with the modern GOP. I like what they at least say about fiscal restraint and small government, but I can not understand why they always seem to couple that with superstitious imbecility.

    September 25, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Red

    Just sad. There was a time when people were stupid because they didn't have access to books, education and knowledge. What is her excuse?

    September 25, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. AntiFauxNews

    NO support for the GOP – the party of NO

    September 25, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. dave

    Oh how dare she beleive in God, and not accept that if Maher says is true, then it must, and the sheep on here that call her nuts for this issue? I would rather have her than the people that are closed minded enough to think she can not run of office because she chooses to worship different than they.

    September 25, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. The Unsub

    I will be voting Democrat in November and Obama in 2012. The Republicans are plain crazy and racist.

    September 25, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. UncleM

    The validity of evolution isn't a matter of belief. It's a matter of education, rational and critical thinking. People who don't "believe" in evolution do so not because they a have a credible alternative, but because they "believe" bronze-age myths and are brainwashed by religion. They should not be in positions of responsibility, especially being able to start wars.

    September 25, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Kenneth W. Regan

    Evolution over human timespans is undeniable directly-observed fact in life forms from micro-organisms to birds and beyond. If you don't believe that, then this Christian does not want you in his Christian-supported hospital. (And in any event, please wash your hands!)

    Thus evolution is not a "theory" anymore-it's a paradigm for particular theories about details of this known process. Arguments about details are trumped up into doubts on the process. Hence to say evolution is "just a theory" or "a myth" is being careless with language even in terms of what one is trying to say, and yes this is distressing in a politician.

    September 25, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. j.o.s.

    This isn't a one or the other of evolution vs Christianity. This is Christianity refusing to use the brains they claim to have been given by their creator to recognize what is right in front of their face. it is folks like O'Donnell who are shining examples of the failure of our education system to teach critical thinking and basic biology, history, archaeology, etc. I was raised to believe that the world was only 6000 years old and to think otherwise was a sin. Once i opened my eyes to the ignorance behind that statement it was a step into a whole new world. To go back to that way of thinking would be tantamout to intellectual suicide. So no way will I ever support someone who refuses to use their brain to see what is all around them. It would be like electing someone who only wanted our schools to teach that the world is flat, or that the sun is carried across the sky in a chariot, etc.

    September 25, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. lisa

    so what i agree. evolution has many holes in it's therioes.

    September 25, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. bilco, seattle, wa

    Pretty clear this was an idiot, speaking out of ignorance. But Maher wasn't much better with his comeback, about evolution taking time. Fact is, evolution teaches that apes and humans have a common ancestor, not that humans descended from modern apes, or that modern apes are expect to change into humans.

    Modern apes and modern humans will be different, many years from now, but who knows in what form?

    September 25, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Craig

    She claims to be a devout Catholic... yet apparently she missed the memo from the Pope on down saying the Church accepts the Theory of Evolution and sees no conflict between science and religion.

    September 25, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Jerry Lee Lewis

    As police chief Wiggum once said: “Why are all the beautiful ones insane?"

    September 25, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Peter E

    Evolution deniers still try to come up with the same old 'proofs' that evolution is 'wrong' by citing century old arguments. A) These arguments have been answered over and over. B) Biological science has evolved since then. Trying to prove evolution wrong by attacking the outdated Darwinian version is like trying to prove astronomers wrong by attacking Copernicus' outdated, incomplete view of the universe. C) Trying to confuse evolution (the process) with Darwin's theory of natural selection (one mechanism) is just uneducated. D) It is amusing that in the entire industrialized world it is the US with the largest pecrentage of people trying to deny evolution, fearing that it somehow threatens religion. Religion and science are two different things! They don't conflict!

    September 25, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Joshua Steimle

    I could care less what she believes about evolution. I care whether she'll vote for or against cap and trade, whether she'll vote to repeal ObamaCare or not, and whether she'll examine each vote that comes before her by checking it against the Constitution. It's pretty clear which way she'll vote on the issues, and it's pretty clear her opponent will be a rubber stamp for Obama and the Democrat party. That's all I need to know.

    September 25, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. Lou

    Incredible! For the uniformed I have news for you. Evolution is a fact that is supported by scientific experiments. Over time changes in frequencies of genes in a population will lead to new species. Sad commentary on the state of our education system.

    September 25, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. jim

    Bil Maher is just trying to destroy this woman politically. To use someones words ten 12 years ago and portray them out of context of his talk show is shallow to say the least.To make that equal to someone running a college newspaper entitled"Cris Coons:The making of a bearded Marxist"He wote of studying under a bright and eloquent Marxist professor.He said my own beliefs in free enterprise and the boundless opportunities in America might be largely untrue.

    September 25, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Clint, Wa.

    Palin is going to have her write a book, lead by following a Boehner. It will be a best seller, book signing, big bucks, she can quit her job (after she gets one).

    September 25, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. toughlove

    Is it the Law of Evolution now?

    September 25, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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