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. I'm voting Democrat this time!

    Here the deal folks. In tough time the cream should rise to the top, but in Christine O'Donell case, she just a cream puff. The GOPTea party has lined up all these weird candidates to be in our govt as puppets. They all have very thin resumes and exetreme views only to have their strings pull by big busines or a soon to be black mailer. Think about these Republicans Tea Party candidate for a minute they say government is not the solution. Have you ever heard one of them say, if I'm elected "I will turn down" govt insurance,govt pension or no govt pay raise, not a chance. Let's face it Christine O'Donell is a drifter that needs a job and is unqualified to be a senator for the great state of Deleware and is wasting alot of people time and money.

    September 26, 2010 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  2. David

    I hate to break it to you but Evolution has been proven, it is not a theory it is fact. It is all around you and happens on a daily basis. Where do you think drug resistant bacteria come from? Now because you fundamentalist lack the education to understand the process of evolution does not make it any less true. I know it is easier to just believe God created everything then spending a few years learning Biology and Chemistry.

    September 26, 2010 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  3. Doug Brown

    I am shocked to actually read here that there are people who can write and do not believe in Evolution. I've heard rumors about these kind of people but I've never actually read some say that they don't believe in Evolution in a public forum before... this is dumb beyond belief. Wow...

    September 26, 2010 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  4. django

    I have to agree theres a hint of arrogance and intellectual elitism coming from the Atheist community, in particular Maher. I find he has his moments of mild interest but from the results of his last "documentary" he should recognize that he is barely relevant and if the ticket sales are any indicator, his crowd is nowhere as cool or as popular as he thinks. She has the right to explore and believe what she likes..the issue here is that she doesnt have the education, the breadth of life experience nor the tolerance we need in a Public servant

    September 26, 2010 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  5. Troy Camplin

    How is this news? Most Ameircans believe this. It's wrong. It's based on commonly held misunderstandings of how evolution works, but hers is unfortunately a mainstream belief.

    The Democrats are all economic creationists or intelligent designers, who see themselves as creator-gods or interventionist-gods, but you don't hear anyone complaining about that (or the arrogance of that belief), no do you?

    September 26, 2010 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  6. Triple A

    Still weighing in on O'Donnel but I do know that unlike what the left thinks, a person can still be a good/smart person even if they don't believe in everything I do or have different ideas than me. I have very good friends on both sides of the political spectrum that are good people but some of them have some kooky quirks but then again I bet I do to and that is just fine with all of us.

    September 26, 2010 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  7. Triple A

    Wether from a creator or evolution the whole idea is kinda faith based. People who belive in evotution has to believe some sort of version of the following. Algae turns to protazoa, turns to amebas, turns to a bunch of little fish, little fish grow legs and say hey lets take a walk, they learn to breath air and take longer walks, someone gets the idea of trying to walk on just their hind legs, legs start to change, and this just continues till we have human today... Or there was Adam and Eve and through time you have present day humans. Either theory you want to believe does NOT make you a nutcase though for people on the Left who's claim to be so tolerent (cough cough) have trouble understanding this.

    September 26, 2010 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  8. Greg

    "If you don't come on my show and give me a ratings boost, I'll take interviews from over a decade ago out of context and release them once a week until you give in to my demands"

    Where I come from, that's called extortion.

    September 26, 2010 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  9. Old Curmudgeon

    Holy smokes folks. We have a sizeable population in this great land who believe in virgin birth and reincarnation, yet deny the unifying principle of our very existence as biological entities. Evolution is about genetic variation in populations, the environmental challenges to their existence and adjustments in allelic frequencies that favor those who can meet the challenges, no more no less. There you have it. Evolution is a process. Hypotheses stemming from this process can be tested and the Hardy-Weinberg-Castle equation is the null hypothesis.

    September 26, 2010 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  10. Bob C

    The issue is not what she believes but how she THINKS. First, evolution is not a myth. It is a theory. That she would call it a myth shows a predilection for tying emotionally laden words to issues rather than engaging in reasoned discourse. Second, her flippant response "Why aren't they still evolving into humans" shows a complete lack of understanding of the theory itself and is a phrase uttered as a deflection, illuminating only her capacity for dodging and obfuscation. Are these qualities we want in our leaders?

    September 26, 2010 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  11. Rock

    OMG Bill this is what you got on a very young person,I had a lot of dumb Ideas when I was younger too.

    September 26, 2010 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  12. Derek

    I don't find her 'evolution is a myth' as moronic as her asking why monkeys aren't evolving still.

    September 26, 2010 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  13. Daniel

    If she thinks the theory of evolution is a myth, then she should have no problem believing in it.

    September 26, 2010 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  14. carl

    You conservative nut cases can be hypocrites in many ways. Now you are saying the video is old? When some old "fake" story came out on Kerry, you all swallowed it. So many old stories came out on Obama, you all took off with it lan ex-wife after a settlement. Now the video too old because it is one of your cons? GET REAL and be consistant

    September 26, 2010 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  15. Ryan K, CA, USA

    "Out of context" is becoming a catch phrase to just unthinkingly dismiss the quote. If you care to add context we're, but you don't seem to want to. You know just as well as I do that enough context was given. Just remember that you share a common ancestor with every living thing on the planet, not just monkeys.

    September 26, 2010 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  16. Badguy

    Hey..this is what these people believe. The "why aren't monkeys still evolving into human beings" has been used by right wing evangelists for years. She's just "parroting" back what she hears on the "right wing christian propaganda hour" on her local radio station. Their argument: if you believe in evolution, you necessarily can't believe GENESIS is true. If you don't believe GENESIS is true then you can't believe the BIBLE is true. Therefore it is CRITICAL that evolution be proved false. If it is not, then (the flip side of the argument): THE BIBLE IS FALSE.

    September 26, 2010 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  17. Mike

    She's so darnn cute! I just want to hug her...... and wack her across the nose with a rolled up newspaper when she does something stupid.

    September 26, 2010 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  18. Cindie Worley

    Read the Book of Genesis to learn how our life on earth started. There is no proof of the evolution theory – it's just a theory, and can easily be questioned even by reasonable people. Americans need to keep an open mind on this subject and not believe everything they read coming from far-out writers with all their theories. THEORIES only!!! Read God's Word if you want real proof. God has no axe to grind by telling myths or theories. Get to the real truth from His Word.

    September 26, 2010 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  19. Mark

    Americans stun me with their stupidity. First Palin and now this clown enters the US political arena. I thought many times about moving to America but god no thanks.

    September 26, 2010 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  20. Jim

    Bill Mahr is a buffoon. Evolution is fact and documented. Species adapt to their environment. But, the evolution of one species into another species is quite another topic and takes just as big a leap of "faith" as does the belief in a creator. I personally believe in creation as opposed to evolution and I don't pretend to understand or "know it all" as evolutionists do. I think that the candidates rebuttal was a perfectly legitimate point. Scoff at believers if you will, but if we are right and you are wrong, where does that leave you once your time here is done?

    September 26, 2010 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  21. Joel

    Evolution is real. If it were untrue, how could bacteria be evolving to resist anti-biotics? Evolution doesn't disprove God.

    Furthermore, humanity has placed artificial selection upon its domesticated livestock and produce, proving that genetics are malleable.

    There is no such thing as static creation. Things are not fixed in one place like the Bible states.

    September 26, 2010 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  22. Chad

    Why does anyone give Bill Maher any credit. This is the guy who called the 911 terrorist HEROES and the US military COWARDS live on air on his former show.

    September 26, 2010 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  23. JC

    Maher joins the ranks of Glenn Beck, Hannity, Rush and all the other nuts.
    Wonder why the sales of the new TVs are in the dumpster? Look what's on.
    Trash, Empty wasteland.

    September 26, 2010 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  24. kirbymania

    evolution is not a myth its a lie!!!!, its mind control over ignorant people, just 2 weeks ago the "smart people" published how over one third of dinosuar species are now gone becuse they found out they were babies not transitional forms into another bigger dinosaurs , dinosaurs were called dragons in the past, and hunted to extinction. anyone of you jerks want proof of YHWH the ONE TRUE GOD? go look and the burnt mountain in midian in south saudi arabia, go look at the alter of the golden calf, YHWH is real and there are people out there who want to control you, by making you belive its a lie so they can be your master and you can join them in thier misery, i applaud o'donnel fight the good fight

    September 26, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  25. Joe

    The bottom line is that we need reasonable, thoughtful people leading our country. Evolution is settled science, and "Christian Conservatives" who refuse to believe it will also be unlikely to believe other, more relevant, scientific principles that will be important to the future of the United States and the planet. I find it ironic that the religious right might actually be destroying America, while at the same time claiming to be our savior.

    September 26, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
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