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. Bill

    If Maher's best shots are these tidbits of ancient history that are irrelevant to to the serious problems facing our nation today, he is sending a message to this Delaware voter that O'Donnell must be pretty solid! Maher's game only serves to expose his pathetic desperation and engender sympathy for O'Donnell.

    September 25, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. Benny W

    The point isn't whether Evolution is real or not. The point is she claims it's a myth, and then gives very questionable reasoning. "Why aren't monkeys still evolving into humans?". She obviously has no insight but spoke about it with authority. What else is she ignorant about that she'll pretend to know? American Politics.

    Any you know what? Conservative Christians do have an influence on education. Look at what's going on with textbooks in Texas. Do you not think someone like O'Donnell would not exert her influence over classroom education?

    One last point. When considering Maher, remember that he went to Cornell University. He's sharp as a tack. His goofy comments are for comedic value.

    September 25, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. Gobama!

    Let me make this clear: There are plenty of conservative christians who do not believe that evolution is a myth. Christine O'Donnell is a nutjob.

    September 25, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. ronald malaney

    desperation by dems inaction, and dems are proof evolution stopped cold, in some gene pools. lol as people get older they evolve , and they gain more knowledge,education, intelligence ,smarts, and become more conservative, or they stop evolving during their early teens and stay liberal forever.
    Her religious beliefs matter little, compared to her belief in smaller government poking in our lives, and less taxes.

    September 25, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. kbtrpm

    The last several popes have all accepted the theory of evolution, but I don't know of any who accepted witchcraft or wanted to ban sex.

    September 25, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  6. Jon from Madison

    This is extortion and blackmail, in the name of getting an interview. Bill Maher is a joke.

    September 25, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. John Tighe

    She's an example of intellectual inbreeding. Tea Baggers are the best gift that the GOP has given Liberals since "W". When I thing of "W" I think of "the pretzel incident". Since a gay prostitute was allowed in the White House then, that makes me think it was "rough trade" and not choking on a pretzel.

    September 25, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  8. Matt

    So- what is harder to believe – that everything we see, all of the diversity and complexity of life – came about because some molecules of gas collided in space billions of years ago (with no explanation as to how those molecules, or in fact the universe itself, came into existence) – or that is was created by a supreme being?

    September 25, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. labman57

    Just what we need. Another right wing politician showing off his/her D+ 4th grade science education.

    There will be a day when Western civilization will look back and regard the religious right's opposition to "evolution by natural selection" as absurd as the Church's denial of the existence of atoms, or the vacuum, or the sun as the center of the solar system in past centuries.

    September 25, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. Jason Carlettini

    Scientifically the THEORY of evolution is just as likely a myth as it is truth. In fact, many scientist are turning from evolution as a realistic theory as their is simply not evidence to support it is truth. Yet, it remains a theory, and unfortunately it is taught to be truth, which it has not been proven to be. I guess I must be a nut too.

    September 25, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. Time Grows Short

    Obama is surrounded by Marxist thugs as advisors and play paddy cake with the butcher William Ayers. And CNN is attacking this women?

    CNN helped create the beast that is Obama.

    September 25, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  12. Cyrus

    Lisa: "evolution has many holes in its theories"

    Sorry to break this to you, but it doesn't have holes in it. The only problem with evolution I see so far is that some of you still haven't evolved much. Your evolutionary clock is stuck between a hominid and a hookworm.

    September 25, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. ficheye

    If you really need to make it work for you, I guess god could have started evolution after the big bang. But the clearest evolutionary changes are the ones involving the logic used by christians as they struggle to change their beliefs on the issue. It's just lame to hear, over time, the modifications to the bible that are made in order to keep the pyramid intact. It would be funny if christians weren't so dangerous to progressive thinking. O'Donnell and Palin are laughable stepford wives in a biblical mold.

    September 25, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  14. Jim

    Soon the lunatic will be in charge of the asylum. The great American experiment will founder in a mass of religious idiocy. We should ask these people which one of them represents the "true religion" and see if we can't get them to destroy each other before they destroy us.

    September 25, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. Quincy of Nashville

    How dare the religious kooks claim that my God is inept. God can do anything. The cult followers keep changing the facts to support their fiction. Frightening for this country

    September 25, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. ficheye

    ...and to the christians here who think that Maher was lame to bring up a 12 year old video... aren't christians supposed to ascribe to time honored, biblically inspired beliefs that don't change over time? Shouldn't her 'beliefs' of 12 years ago be the same as they are today? You make it pretty hard to think that you are anything other than delusional when you keep changing the rules. It's the weirdest shell game ever conceived.

    September 25, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  17. Debbie

    It's really sad to see so many people denying evolution exists. Too bad these are people that get to vote. We are all in big trouble with such a sad level of intelligence and incompetence.

    September 25, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  18. adrifter

    Amazing. She can dismiss evolution as a "myth", despite over a century of scientific study to support it – the geologic column, fossils actually showing evolution in action and genetic research. Yet, she beleives in a god which has no scientific proof, just a book written by some ancient mystics who didn't know the world was round. She'll make a wonderful senator.

    September 25, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  19. AJ

    She's a nutso – come on Teabaggers, don't you have anyone better than this??

    September 25, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  20. Paul

    All fundamentalist Christians have to be ignorant of science to hold to their absurd belief system, and O'Donnell is no exception. Those of you who want to protest that you know about science but don't believe in evolution should evaluate how much you understand about population genetics, molecular biology, comparative genomics, paleontology, and evolutionary developmental biology amongst other fields, and if you can't answer "yes" to having a working understanding of these fields, then you are in no position to judge evolutionary theory.

    September 25, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  21. Jason B.

    Good grief this woman's loopy.

    September 25, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  22. GeeWizz

    I doubt that CNN will post this but had to try. Why don’t you [the media] vet Democratic candidates the way you do any other party? Al and Tipper (cheating, sudden divorce), Bill and Hillary (cheating, and two suspicious deaths) Obama getting into Harvard and doesn’t remember high school, “typical white woman,” (affirmative action; to dumb to make it on his own), Michelle Obama (hiding her senior dissertation, affirmative action; to dumb to make it on her own), Powell’s comments about illegals working on his home, (affirmative action; to dumb to make it on his own; )…Rev. Wright (former Muslim), William Ayers (bombings and death), Tony Rezko (in jail).

    Clarence Thomas, Condoleezza Rice, Michael Steele all made it the American way and yet you [the media] bash them. What gives…

    September 25, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  23. Cambob

    "How dare Bill Maher use this womans' own words to discredit her." – Stephen Colbert.

    September 25, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  24. Liz the First

    People these days can't distinguish between facts, opinions, and beliefs. this is a very scary development. People who dismiss facts that just don't fit their beliefs have no place in government, making life-and-death decisions that these days have global impacts. we need folks with a firm grasp on reality and this woman just doesn't have it. and this foolish statement isn't by any means the only evidence of that. it's just one shining example of how detached from reality she is. and no, i'm by no means an atheist, just a person who believes in God AND reality. it is possible!

    September 25, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  25. Casey M

    It's pretty simple O'Donnell. Monkeys are still evolving, so are humans. Humans did not evolve from monkeys. Monkeys and humans evolved from a COMMON ancestor. How about a little research on a topic before you make idiotic sounding statements. Of course I'm sure you have spent the last 12 years learning things like that as you prepared for your prospective career in politics. Ha! All hail ignorance!

    September 25, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
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