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. john

    Turning one's back on science seems to be something that excites the Republican base. Given her constituency, I doubt this will hurt her.

    September 25, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. SEL

    I actually think you are missing the point, Matthew. You can debate whether or not thinking evolution is a myth makes you a nut all you want. But her follow up comment about "why aren't monkey's still evolving into humans" does make her stupid as dirt.

    September 25, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. IEK

    Is it the Law of Gravity now? Evolution can't be a law anymore than it can be a fact in the strict scientific definition. Theory is as good as it gets in science, that doesn't mean it's "never been proven". The only thing you've managed to prove is that you clearly know nothing about it or science in general.

    As for O'Donnell, it's no surprise she rejects Evolution. So did a number of GOP primary candidates in 2008. The funniest part is "Well then...why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?", making it abundantly clear that we're dealing with a woman with strong beliefs about something she knows nothing about. It's absurd, but also nothing new.

    As for Bill Maher, this whole "blackmail" campaign to get O'Donnell on his show has severely lowered my opinion of him.

    September 25, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Robert

    Bill Maher is the idiot. Every time he spouts forth with his idiocy, I will contribute to Christine O’Donnell's campaign, also to Ried's, Pelosi's, Alan Grayson's and Barbara Boxer's opponents and all of the other imbecil's who voted for Obamacare, bailouts, cash for clunkers, GM takeover, so-called "stimulus" etc.

    September 25, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. Eric of Reseda

    And THIS is the Tea Party: rightfully angry people, but blinded by their anger. So they get behind any moron who panders to 'em. They are almost as bad as rank-and-file Republicans who get behind these frauds who lead their party, the same guys who under Bush' guidance RUINED this country, all while enriching the rich, abandoning the Middle Class and punishing the poor. Again, it seems all you have to do on the Right is use words like "patriotism", "family values", "Christian", "Obama is secret Muslim Socialist who hates white people", and the flock will follow. Pathetic.

    September 25, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. Dan Beach

    …Listen carefully to what Christine O’Donnell condemns: That's where her secrets are buried…

    September 25, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. Dan Beach

    Funny…Fox News Has a Christine O'Donnell Problem
    Why? Because now Fox News has to explain to viewers why O'Donnell is ready to serve in the U.S. Senate even though she's not ready to appear on Fox News.. .Awkward.

    September 25, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. franco

    @lisa. You said "evolution has many holes in it's [sic] therioes [sic]. Give me two, as you understand them, provide your sources, and please explain why they are "holes."

    @toughlove. Part of your ignorance is apparently that you do not understand what "theory" means in a scientific context. Please open a book, learn what a scientific theory is and what a physical law is. You will then understand that evolution will never be a law, but that it is an amazingly durable theory - one of them most successful of all time.

    September 25, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. Dern Foley

    I'll bet Sarah Palin doesn't believe in evolution either

    September 25, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Dan Beach

    Christine “O Donnell is the latest twist that makes events so strange and messy for Fox News, though. Because the fact is, in recent months there had been either a spoken or unspoken campaign agreement in play: Fox News would promote a select number of high-profile Tea Party candidates who in return they would essentially appear on Fox News exclusively, where they would not run the risk of being asked any questions from non-partisan reporters, and where they would be given the chance to fundraise on the air…Keep it up Bill!.

    September 25, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. Nathan Resick

    I wonder if she gets really sick will she want the bug treated as things were before anti-biotics or
    treat it as the multiple drug resistant strain is has evolved into?

    Lets hope she picks the former.

    September 25, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. ChumBucket

    So.... Christians don't belive in evolution?

    wow, that's startleing!

    Why don't he just come out and say that he thinks all Christians are nuts?

    September 25, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Sofie

    Jim: huh? FOX news does this all the time to Obama and the left. I watched a clip the other day of him being interviewed and it was clearly edited to mislead, the whole clip had an entirely different message. Same goes for the nut who put an old clip out against Sherrod. I am not saying I am dem or repub, but if the right can do it, so can Bill Maher. Your last sentence does not necessarily mean that Coons changed his beliefs, by the way. Sometimes listening to opposing points of view helps us to confirm our own ideals about the boundless opportunities in this great country, lets hope people are smart enough to think about that in November....that they listen and learn and vote to help their fellow Americans.

    September 25, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. franco

    @Tam. While your statement "God could have started the Big Bang" is true, it is no more true than, "The Magic Salamander created the universe by singing "My Indiana Home." Evidence is needed. If a candidate for the US Senate said s/he believed in the Magic Salamander theory would you vote for them? Crazy is crazy, and I'm tired of the free ride for some superstitions, simply because they happen to be popular.

    September 25, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Water seeks it's own level and that's why Palin supports O'Donnell.

    September 25, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. D Frost

    What's "stunning" is a government that has put us $13.4 trillion in debt still keeps spending. (And no media is asking the question: "Just what is the plan to pay this off and why is no one in government concerned?) The above is just politico-chatter-babble. Who cares?!

    September 25, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  17. mtrought

    Chjristine and the people who support her reflect the low class education they are getting. I hope Obamas admin makes the necessary changes to reduce the appearance of these wingnut on future national stages

    September 25, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  18. StormeeATL

    Has anyone who thinks this is gutter tactics by dems and/or Maher, have you been paying attention to what the republicans have been doing the past few elections cycles? They have absolutely no shame and no limits in how low they will sink to win elections. I say this as a former Republican (I am not a Dem either, independent longing for viable third party) who remembers a time when they were far more honorable and more about issues than rhetoric and mudslinging. And until they get back not only to that idealism burt find candidates who want to work for the entire electorate and not atiny percentage of privileged few then they will not get my votes again. And while Obama may not be living up to his promise of changing the way government is being run, anyone who thinks O'Donnell, Palin, Paul, Boehner, etc are going to do any better are delusional

    September 25, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. Lousy Biased Coverage

    Just how far is Maher going to go and with the help of CNN and other left leaning media in trying to ridicule her constantly? Is this going to be the fun for the liberals? Just how far is too far when most already consider her delusional and crazy? Is this the sport of the election now or is she going to have to try and compete for the left leaning hate that they throw out for Palin who isn't even running? The more Maher and the democrats and CNN who want to publicize it constantly want to do this then the more I tend to think she would be the perfect candidate just to rile the dems there that are left.
    Funny how we never hear abot Alvin Greene? Maybe we should get that radio guy to play over and over the dumb things he has said to him on the airwaves?

    September 25, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. Dr Darren

    Evolution is as much theory as gravity is. In science terminology theory relates to explaining a "Fact". Explaining the how's and why's? Evolution is a fact and is scientfically proven in all fields (Biology, Embryology, Archaeology, Physics, Genetics, the list goes on and on....)There are no holes in the fact animals and humans have changed over time through mutations, natural selction, genetic drifts etc. To dispute this is silly and people who continually state evolution is a theory are putting their hands over their ears and eyes while keeping their heads in the sand while exciting information on where we came from passes them by. BTW, I am a free thinking Christian and scientist and when I see people like her, Palin, Paul, and Angle running for is very scary!

    September 25, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. fred

    How can we possibly have a leader who believes the Earth is 10,000 years old and has no sense of scientific fact? Enough of ignorance ruining this country. We are laughing stock to the world even considering naive nitwits like this for office.

    September 25, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. Marge

    Those monkeys are STILL evolving where do you think all the republicans and tea bags came from. What and ignorant dope no wonder it took her 20 years to get the college diploma.

    September 25, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. KathyC in Minnesota

    Much of the ape species have shown great intelligence, especially Chimpanzees.

    Unfortunately, that intelligence seemed to miss O'Donnell. So therefore, evolution is a myth.

    September 25, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. MA

    Matthew C. – if you think people like O'Donnell don't affect what's taught in schools, then you're very naive. All you have to do is look at Texas and how they've dumbed down education in that state.

    My question for O'Donnell is, if she thinks evolution is a myth then what DOES she think is NOT a myth? Intelligent design, which has absolutely no supporting evidence at all? I sure hope not. Evolution has a slew of supporting evidence, and there isn't even one contrary theory of creation with even a tiny bit of evidence.

    As the saying goes, you're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. Her belief that evolution is a myth is not grounded in facts – it's her own opinion pure and simple. And you can bet she'll try to legislate that opinion.

    September 25, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. catmom

    It is interesting reading post from people defending what O'Donnell has said over the years and basically telling people it's no big deal. But then these very same people vilify the President for everything he has ever said or done and they have even vilified the First Lady. They talk about Bill Maher trying to destroy her but yet condone the very people trying to destroy the duly elected President. They would tell Obama supporters to quit whining. They would be saying if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. They would say anything he, the President, his wife and anyone coming to his defense should just get over it. For Obama it is all relevant. For a Republican, not so much.

    September 25, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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