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. Ken

    Arrgghhh! Why is it these parties cannot provide any decent candidates? On the conservative side, sure they'll cut spending and cut taxes. But at the same time they are borderline idiots or religious fanatics, and they deny science and reality like O'Donnel. On the other side, sure they may be educated, far more willing to believe in science, and generally avoid the religious fanaticism of the right. But at the same time this makes them elitist, acting like they know better than everyone else, and the pass huge spending bills and tax increases as I should feel honored to give my hard earned money to help those who don't have all the breaks I have (since all men are equal the well off ones got there through luck and thus should give back money to help the unlucky). Why can't we have some candidates who will cut spending, lower taxes, and yet have the brains to look at this countries needs and make rational, well thought out decisions??? Is that to much to ask???

    September 25, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  2. GodIsFake

    Notice how we've dumbed down as a country thanks to religion. That's why it's dangerous. Look at the comments. Evolution is not a myth, but I'm not even remotely surprised by the complete denial as it doesn't fit in with what your big imaginary sky daddy says, right?

    September 25, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  3. Brett

    Oh Christine, evolution doesn't claim that ALL apes and monkeys evolved into humans; only a specific group diverged on the genetic path millions of years ago. It's the same scenario in wolves and modern day domesticated dogs, which still coexist together. We know through direct primary human records that wild wolves were domesticated and breed into our modern day dogs. If the extreme difference and variation of my little pug sitting here looking at me and a modern wild wolf doesn't confirm to you that evolution is a reality, then leave the decisions to the people who can think.

    September 25, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  4. Nancy

    and the problem with her statement is?

    September 25, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  5. Leon J. Swartzentruber

    Hey all you elites It's still the THEORY OF EVOLUTION. It has not been proven that humans have evolved from apes.
    Typical Bill Mahar (and left wing elites) mock someone you don't agree with.

    September 25, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. inquiring mind

    let us be inspired by this woman's passion and recharge ours, let's get behind our President and help him with the challenges he faces everyday while trying to see to it that our vision for america is brought to life. He is doing an awesome job in spite all the negative energy that the Republicans and Tea Party people and pouring out into the media.

    September 25, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  7. katieindallas

    Hey, you guys think she's out of touch and ignorant? Try living in Texas where the majority believe evolution is a myth and are currently revising all textbooks for ALL public schools to teach evolution as a THEORY and to remove the "Pro-Islamic" views that so plague the lesson plans of our beloved Texas students. This is a frightening time for rational, pragmatic, science-loving people and we should all be as brash as she is about OUR beliefs, because we are, in fact, the correct bunch.

    September 25, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  8. timz

    Would she settle for seeing a human devolving into a monkey? Because it appears we have that on videotape.

    September 25, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  9. cion

    O Donnell is really wacky/ How can she go to Washington and talk about global warming, economy , and other issues when she is really in tra lal la land? I will vote for the Democrats and forget about all the wacky candidates like Republican candidate from Nevada. She is also wacky!

    September 25, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  10. Billy

    Matthew Curly, you are a breath of fresh air!

    September 25, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  11. circus_spectator

    Plain and simple solution: nobody elect the blatant morons! Well, that doesn't leave many TO Elect, now does it? How about an IQ litmus test to prove one has critical thinking skills and knows basic earth science?

    September 25, 2010 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  12. Sean

    If Delaware lets this woman win, it will be the new dumbest state in the Union. (Fortunately, I don't think that will happen...)

    September 25, 2010 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  13. billybob

    eveolution= we came from a common ancestor as the ape.
    creationists= eve inbreeded with her son and adam . most likely a threesome.
    anyone ever take inbreeding when learning about adam and eve.

    im gonna stick with evolution.

    September 25, 2010 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  14. Guinness

    The Theory of Evolution is a major building block of modern science. It's supported by exhaustive research and has been peer reviewed by colleagues in the field. To flippantly dismiss it as a myth is to be willfully ignorant.
    As taxpayers, we supply our leaders with the best technology money can buy so that they can make the most informed decisions that will benefit the populace. A leader who rejects such basic tenets as evolution may also selectively dismiss the necessary tools to make informed decisions regarding taxes, education, health etc. The rest of the world is leaving the US behind in math and sciences – must we accelerate this decline by nominating such flat earth candidates as O'Donnel?

    September 25, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  15. billybob

    so far the repubs cant repeal roe vs wade, gay marriage, seperation of church and state, social security, etc

    obviously when they claim to repeal anything. they're just saying it for votes and its working. the ignorants americans will keep voting for false promises from the repubs.

    September 25, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  16. Dillon

    I do not generally comment on these things, but there is a time for comment here. First of all, Bill Maher seems to not know what he is talking about. He mentions monkeys, but it is apes that evolve into humans. He needs to do his research. But, this O'Donnel woman is even more crazy to believe that evolution is a myth. That' like Ahmadinejad saying the Holocaust is a lie. I do not get it.

    September 25, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  17. Jekyll Isle

    So did the big bang happen with out something or someone pulling the trigger?
    That would be a miracle which would be religious so where is evolution now?

    September 26, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  18. McCain-in-4

    small government, low taxes for the rich and incorporated – one has to evoke creationism because that's where the funding is gonna come from!

    September 26, 2010 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  19. Jerry

    1998? ROFL!!!

    September 26, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  20. JimK

    This is all so tedious. The country is having serious problems and everybody is spending their time fighting with each other. Liberals are morons, conservatives are stupid, etc. etc. etc. So what if she has weird religious beliefs, so do a lot of people. the question is whether she is intelligent, competent, can deal with the issues, etc. I don't think so, but ultimately the evolution thing is a decoy. I wish the Bill O'Reillys, Sean Hannitys, BIll Mahrs, Rachel Madoffs, and all the venomous bloggers would just go away and leave us all alone.

    September 26, 2010 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  21. JohnH

    Lou: evolution is not a fact, it is a theory that is supported by an enormous amount of scientific data. Science doesn't prove anything–there is no proof that the sun will rise tomorrow, just an enormous statistical probability. (One question, though: are there any scientists who are not fundamentalist Christians who support the intelligent design theory? Never heard of one. Every time a scientist speaks up in favor of it it turns out that he/she is a "christian" (quotes because generally there is no connection between these people and the teachings of Jesus Christ.)

    September 26, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  22. RobbyCanuck

    This woman is just plain stupid. Whether she rejects evolution or not is beside the point. She doesn't even understand it!

    September 26, 2010 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  23. pockets

    Another mentally ill woman thinking she can actually lead the country. The US has become the laughing stock of the world now with all that is going on and being said in the media. If you only knew how stupid and ignorant you look you would find a way to silence these nutbars. No wonder President Obama cannot get anything done, its sad and also sick what these individuals say about him. Little do they know, they have one of the greatest Presidents sitting in the White House now. Its all so very very sad really, Not long out of the cave. Religion poisons everything.

    September 26, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  24. J.V.Hodgson

    I see no drama in her statement being what she is an apparently stong christian believer.
    My question to her is:-
    Compared with Neanderthal man habe we humans not evolved at all?
    She cannot change the facts of the evolutionary theory but she has every right to disagree.
    Evolution is not a myth,there are thousands of provable examples.

    September 26, 2010 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  25. Derrick

    IThe theory of evolution revolves on the concept that through mutations and natural selection organisms have gained information (DNA). I defy anybody to show me one example of this occurring in nature.

    September 26, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
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