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
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  1. Tam

    Hey, folks. God could have started the Big Bang, and got evolution in motion. Didn't have to be the six days plus rest. "Let there be light" = Big Bang.

    September 25, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. X Greenstamps

    It is past the time of assuming that comments like this are "stunning" or will in any way "destroy" O'Donnell. Anyone paying attention would have learned by now that there are a great many Americans who find nothing at all disturbing in her ignorance; in fact, they feel her moronic opinions brand her as "one of us" and see any criticism of her benighted ways to be a criticism of them as well. We are living in an "Idiocracy."

    September 25, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Jake

    Wow if the video wasn't sad enough these comments are even worse.

    "Durrrr so what if she doesn't believe in evolution?"

    Not accepting evolution is like saying the world is flat and the sun rotates around it, it's just plain scientific ignorance. There is no excuse for this, read a book.

    September 25, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. guy from NM

    and to think that a whole bunch of the same , are already in the Congress. No wonder this country has become a joke

    September 25, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. Steve

    Characterizing Bill Maher as a "liberal" comedian is divisive, pejorative and journalistically slimy. Its a dangerous road to travel down and should have caught the eye of a good editor.Is that what we'll do now? Paint our country's entertainers as either liberal or conservative in order to prejudice the public about the art? Is Mel Gibson the "conservative actor" Mel Gibson? Is Barbra Streisand the "liberal jewish" singer? Let's get back to journalistic basics, shall we?

    September 25, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Dick

    Where has this inane woman been for the last 50 years? On the planet never happened? If lunatics such as she are elected this fall, all sane (and probably employed doing something useful) people should bailout and leave the country!

    September 25, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    The Book of Genesis, like all creation stories, describes how the universe was created in terms that reflected the understanding of the world at the time of the story.

    There is no inherent contradiction between Genesis and evolution: both describe the universe as starting with a big bang ("Let there be light."), and a slow process of creatures from those of the sea to humans (evolution).

    It would be so nice if people could get beyond the surface of things and start appreciating our existence and all the world has to offer, instead of getting hung up on labels! ("A rose by any other name would smell as sweet ...")

    September 25, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Margaret

    Delaware voters, please do not elect this dingbat to the Senate.

    September 25, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. R.I.P. Damon

    Bill Maher is nothing but a chauvinistic, hateful bully. This is nothing but a desperate grab for the spotlight from a man who hasn't been funny for a long, long time.

    September 25, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Tom from Ohio

    I'll still vote for her. She's a bright spot in a sea of raw sewage. (congress)

    September 25, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    I watched the clip of Bill Maher saying he'd release a clip a week until O'Donnell will come on his show. It was definitely said tongue-in-cheek ("I made you, Christine!"). He also very pointedly said that O'Donnell is a genuinely sweet and nice person (unlike Palin, whom he characterized as "nasty").

    It's a free country; Maher can say this and O'Donnell can choose to not go on. Keep in mind these are CLIPS of O'Donnell saying these things; if folks don't like it, well, that's the consequence of her believing and saying these things.

    September 25, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    Now conservatives are whinning about Liberals using clips that are 10 and 15 years old. It was OK when they did it. People, this is politics. Everything is ok even if you are throwing rocks. It's all OK. The only thing one does not throw in politics is a shoe LOL.

    September 25, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. WBN

    There are many scientists (muffled, stifled, marginalized, and even fired) who believe evolution is totally unprovable, just as it ios not demonstrable. Ben Stein's movie "Expelled" was just a brief but accurate story of how scientists from the same universities and disciplines as evolutionists are ridiculed because the culture has been shaped by the evolutionists. The lady has a right to her opinion as to which scientists to believe.

    September 25, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Jefferey Richardson

    This woman needs to realize that she needs to fall in line with the leftist liberal agenda. I mean really? Tolerance is only accepted if we believe exactly like the left.

    September 25, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Eric Nicolas

    >> “Well then...why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?”<<

    Maybe some are.

    September 25, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. TM

    I bet she thinks the Flintstones was also an animated historical documentary too.

    September 25, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Joe

    This woman is being attacked from all sides based on things she said over a decade ago. There was also that clip they had of her on MTV or something talking about masturbation that everyone made a big deal about. The real issue is that both sides are growing fearful of the tea party and are trying to dig up whatever dirt they can to destroy her. As for evolution, practically speaking, what difference does it make if she or any politician believes in it or not? It doesn't affect real life.

    September 25, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Undocumented Thinker

    In science, theory isn't a law until it's proven. In politics, the "facts" are thrown at us before the evidence, so we can't even sustain much of a theory that makes any sense.

    September 25, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. wayne evolution.....that must mean O'Donnell and Palin are condemned to being perpetual nitwits!

    September 25, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. gee

    Why don't we send Bill Maher to Washington DC. It seems like the Liberals nuts cannot rely on Obama to do anything, so they must resort to bring in washed up comedians..

    September 25, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. RedMan, Canada

    Funny how all the Christians are coming to her defense saying all that matters is her political views and her "belief system" should be left out of things. These of course are the same people that freak out when "Islam" is mentioned.

    This lady is a grand ignoramus and a stubborn beatch. But of course this doesn't matter to someone that has their belief system aligned with a 2000 year old book – written by MEN about some guy the never met about some fictional bearded guy the have never seen.

    September 25, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Bassman

    I don't remember CNN looking at foul-mouthed Al Franken's Youtube moments. Maybe they think only Conservative women should be held to a different standard.

    September 25, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. carlos

    add her to the list of the most irrational gophers......and there are so many of them.....ugh

    September 25, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. PDXSerric

    Although I fully respect those who believe in the myth of creation, I am extremely wary of religious extremists becoming national leaders. If your religion prohibits the use of birth control or abhors abortion, regardless whether it is medically necessary or not, that's fine. But try and push your religious beliefs upon a nation because you have claimed a seat of political significance? It's nothing short of an invasion of the New Inquisition. What's next? Amend the First Amendment so you can choose from any religion you like as long as you worship Jesus?

    Oi vey!

    September 25, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. Rob

    VOTE DEMOCRAT ON 11/4!!! We have waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many Republican nut jobs running for office. Teabagging and nuts DO go very well together, but nuts in elected office do NOT!

    September 25, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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