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. Judge

    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." Go ahead, Lou, name the species that have been proven to evolve. I'll make that task much easier, just name one.

    September 25, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Alex

    I liked her answer about the monkey. Even better answer would be "sure, and Walkman evolved into iPod"
    Though evolution is not a myth – Darwin called it a theory. Old, disproven by 20th century molecular science and lots of dirt digging that completely disproved it, but theory nevertheless.

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

    And the freak show continues!

    Tebeggers and GOP want America to go back to stone age.

    September 25, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Troy

    Evolution is a theory; God is a myth.

    September 25, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Walter Bailey

    It's a sad day when I'm quite certain that without any political experience or inclination I could still do a much better job in office than a major party nominee for the United States Senate.

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

    UncleM said it perfectly in the earlier post.

    Whether politicians believe in the theory of evolution (like Einstein's theory of relativity, the atomic theory, the theory of plate tectonics) is an indicator of how educated they are. What if they thought the world was flat? Don't you want the smartest, most level-headed, critical thinkers to also be your leaders and decision-makers?

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

    Genetic mutations most always produce negative changes in living creatures.
    Mutations will eventually turn the human genetic code to gibberish.
    Spontaneous generation of life is impossible.
    Spontaneous generation of all matter is impossible.
    Her statements aren’t really all that silly…
    Don’t think more highly of yourself than you ought

    September 25, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Oldie in TampaBay

    Bottom line is, SHE IS some kind of nut! Just not sure which one she evolved from.

    September 25, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Rabid Rabbit

    So why aren't conservatives STILL evolving into humans?

    September 25, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. JonDie

    It should be no surprise why most countries will soon overrun the U.S. in science and then in business; they know that evolution is the TRUTH.

    September 25, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. McLuhan

    And you all thought that Palin was an idiot!

    September 25, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. Patti

    And God isn't a myth???

    September 25, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Precious

    Lord stretch forth your hands!

    September 25, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. Bill

    Evolution is a fact. Anybody who thinks otherwise isn't fit to be involved in society. They need to be isolated, and studied. Haha, someone who thinks evolution is a myth is fit to make decisions for Americans in 2010?

    The GOP needs to be aborted.

    September 25, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Lee Bartholomew

    Well I think Evolution is a myth. Don't see anything wrong with that. Was expecting a shocker.. This wasn't as bad as the satanic worship. It's like the millions of years old thing. some believe it some don't. I don't. I take it on Faith the earth is less than 20,000 yrs old. Hope Bill has better ones than this. This would be a weak one.

    September 25, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Cre8tiv

    What Bill Mahr is doing is coming dangerously close to blackmail. Come on his show (so he can make money) or else he will do something that might negatively affect her campaign. Just because it's done in the open doesn't make it OK. Can't he get guests the normal way without threatening them? I think the people in her state will make up their own minds and vote for her or not vote for her... Bill Mahr doesn't live there, so he's only in this for the money.

    September 25, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. David

    I cant wait for her pop up autobiography to be released.

    September 25, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Stephen

    I believe in evolution and God. And I believe that the Tea Party crowd is not as evolved as the rest of the country. Just think about the complexities of today's world and the solutions the Tea Party is offering and ask yourself, do we really want them in charge of the asylum?

    September 25, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. John

    This O'Donnell is one big nut case,and so are most of the rest the TEA PARTY back. I sure hope the people of the state these nut cases are in are smart enough not too vote these people in office.

    September 25, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. KItchen Police

    This woman and all of theTea Party nut jobs are going to govern our country???

    September 25, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. Shannon

    Joshua do say you don't care about her crazy beliefs. Do you care that she is accused of stealing from her campaign. CNN has shown the checks she wrote night after night. It's ok with you, you would vote for a woman who steals rather than accept the policies of the black man in the White House.....says a lot about you!

    September 25, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. Robin Bray

    As to Christian = no belief in Evolution...Wrong. The Vatican totally supports the science behind the proof of Evolution. It supports it as fact plain and simple. This woman does not understand what evolution means or how it works. This is clear from her response.

    September 25, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. vic, Nashville TN

    “Evolution is a myth” Christine O’Donnell

    We know tea party never trust anything

    September 25, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. Limbaugh is a liberal

    People who say evolution is a myth should not be allowed to get new flu vaccines, because according to them new strains of the flu virus are a myth!

    September 25, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. bazelope

    Do you know how many DUMB things I have said since 1998?? Give this chick a break and judge her based on the last two years. We were all stupid as younger people. This is why they don;t let 22 year olds run for President!

    September 25, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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