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. Dave

    She has stated that she thinks that there are mice out there with human brains.
    She has no business running for elected office. Seeking therapy, yes; running for office, hell no.

    September 25, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. dissappointed

    I am a liberal democrat and just want to say that she DIDNT say she wanted to keep people from having sex, she was talking about keeping teenagers from doing so rather than giving them condoms and birth control with the defeated answer of "well, they're going to be having it anyway..."

    this is a biased report and although I don't like the tea party at all, I would hope we wouldnt succumb to their weakness of spreading or implying misinformation.

    September 25, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. Sam

    The layman has no business attempting to interpret what is termed "theory" in science.

    This willful ignorance has gone beyond endearing- as one smiles on the child overjoyed at the arrival of Santa- and metamorphosed into something truly black. O'Donnell and her ilk would see us plunged into a modern Dark Ages, and let all of science play Giordano Bruno. Nauseating.

    September 25, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  4. Just Saying

    Sarah will be really miffed if O'Donnell keeps getting all the press.

    September 25, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  5. TFermage

    The smartest Beatle, John Lennon said the same thing about "monkeys evolving now" in his last interview with Playboy. Just wanted to mention that.

    September 25, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  6. Ray

    Please remember that Bill Maher has said that he liked having her on his show, and he thinks she is so sweet that its hard not to like her. What he is doing is just taunting her to join his new show. It would help his ratings and might even help her out. If you have ever watched his show, you would know that he seems to bend over backwards to kiss up to any person who he may disagree with, and sometimes even defends them.
    Like many have said, but mainly in anger, her believing in evolution does not disqualify her from running. Mr Maher happens to be an atheist, who gets hammered by his own guest when he spouts off about his not believing.

    September 25, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  7. CanadaRocks

    AHAHAHA omg you this what you people are electing to represent you in your government? We have conservatives up here too but they're atleast educated.

    September 25, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  8. Bruce

    I don't understand how people can elect people with such extreme beliefs. We're headed back to a puritanical way of legislating, governing and handing out justice. Scary!

    September 25, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  9. houstongal

    As my dentist explained when he told me I only had 1 wisdom tooth, this is evolution in action. We no longer need the wisdom teeth to rip meat from bone, therefore they are going away. To say you think evolution is a myth, show such ignorance it is astounding. It is equivalent to looking at blue sky and saying there is no sky.

    September 25, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  10. Burt

    The worshipers of the THEORY of Evolution are no different than the religious zealots they despise. Evolution is your religion and Darwin in your god. You worships at the alter of Darwin and force your religious beliefs onto others, even forcing your religious beliefs to be taught in schools! You worshipers of Evolution are disgusting human beings who are of no value to this planet. At least it can be said that religious folks give massively to charity. What have you done? Nothing but spread hate.

    September 25, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  11. Kari

    Wow. Amazed that so many people cannot separate evolution and belief in God. Belief in God is not the opposite of evolution. If you ask 99.9% of the world's scientists, they will say that the factual evidence supports evolution. There is no "belief" in evolution – all of the evidence shows that it is a FACT. Beliefs are not based on scientific evidence.

    September 25, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  12. SteveO

    I just hope she doesn't come out against the Theory of Gravity.

    September 25, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  13. normajean

    I personally do not care what she believes in as far as religion is concerned. That is her business. What bothers me is that the Repubs are going to great lengths to put into candidacy people who are totally unqualified to be in office. It pretty much started with Sarah Palin and has gone crazy from there on. This country is in enough trouble with intellegent people trying to get it back to normal. We cannot turn to every uneducated pretty face or fast talker to solve the problems we face. They would have no clue as to what to do in Washington.The party of "NO' is that because THEY don't know either..!!!!!

    September 25, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  14. Joe Blow

    When President Obama was under microscope for untrue beliefs like his religion, Fox News was posting feeds hour on hour claiming that what he believed was the hypocritic GOP and Fox news says that only issues are now important....

    September 25, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  15. Wade

    Wow, a lot of people on here apparently understand evolution and science about as well as O'Donnell. There is no upgrade process by which a theory becomes a law. The theory of evolution is about as well substantiated as any scientific theory can be. She's entitled to her opinion, but denying overwhelming empirical evidence doesn't speak well to her intelligence.

    September 25, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. Jim Crab

    I listen to you libs and it's like listening to a bunch of middle scholl kids. If she does not see it our way she should not be in office because she is not open minded like we are. She is close minded because she does not see it our way. You sound like a bunch of town idiots, no wonder Pelosi is one of your choice leaders. There were two men running from a bear, one man said to the other "can you out run the bear, he said don't have to, just have to out run you. Get it, Pelosi don't have to be too smart, just smarter than you. And it is sad that she is.

    September 25, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  17. Greg Hodges

    While I am a Christian; and certainly believe there is much yet we do not know about how human beings came to be; it still bothers me that so many conservatives are terrified at the very idea of evolution. We simply do not know of the mysterious ways God has created the universe, Earth, or mankind. Choosing to remain deaf, dumb, and blind to the possibility (or even probability) of evolution does not take away the sacredness of the human soul. God gave us reason; USE IT!!

    September 25, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  18. Jim Crab

    Bil Maher is trying to get some fame out of this because his professional skills bite.

    September 25, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. mamajohanna1

    if I could just stop laughing long enough I would finish my post.....ok...she is the poster child for the "(no) child left behind." Every time she opens her mouth the stupidity pours out, much like her mentor, the Wassilla Twitter. Wonder if her parents paid for her education?

    September 25, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. Jim Crab

    Se how dumb she is, she would prob be against letting millions of criminals come here illegally, she would prob be against letting the ppl that have murdered thousands of innocent American men, women & children set up victory monuments here, she would prob be against making hard working people SUPPORT the lazy, wow is she dumb, not like us bright Liberals.

    September 25, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    How Bill Maher continues to keep an audience beats me. It says a lot about his followers. I have never found him entertaining or an expert in anything. He is plain disgusting most of the time.

    There is neither right nor wrong, it is the mind that makes it so. We are so disrespectful of another person's opinion, it's ridiculous. Somebody presents a theory with reasonable data to back it up and it becomes a non-theoretical fact. Validation is not absolute. Why can't both parties respect the other person's "opinion" ?

    September 25, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. Anthony Gebhard

    Evolution is not a theory, it is a scientifically established fact. There is more evidence for evolution than many other aspects of science, such as gravity and the heliocentric Earth. I suggest reading Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True, Richard Dawkins' The Greatest Show on Earth and Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish. Between these three books, you will get a clear picture and all the evidence you need. However, if that is not enough, then I suggest you go to the Smithsonian and look at the Human Evolution exhibit and see the transitional forms for yourself.


    September 25, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  23. Peter

    Matthew Curley: I don't think believing in evolution and being a Christian is exclusive. I wouldn't be surprised if most Christians believe in evolution. God might have created evolution. But evolution nevertheless.

    September 25, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  24. jc

    I believe no matter how dumb a person may be, they have a right to run for office. The people who elect them dumb canidates should get everything they deserve.

    September 25, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  25. Skeptikor

    The thing that is most troubling about her is not that she is woefully ignorant about a host of things (evolution, witchcraft, masturbation), it's that she is perfectly contented with her ignorance. One does not get the impression that Ms. O'Donnell goes home and reads non-fiction books, or even browses the odd science blog online. Her considerable energies seem to be wholly expended on seeking power. Facts or new information that contradict her calcified world view are merely irrelevant annoyances that need to be either dodged or vilified. What policies would a person of this mindset seek to enact? Scary thought.

    September 25, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
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