Christine O'Donnell: My Views on Evolution are "Irrelevant"

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Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell refused to say during a debate Wednesday night whether she believes evolution is a "myth," as she had stated in the past.

"What I believe is irrelevant," O'Donnell said. Pressed multiple times to share her beliefs, she said that she believes local school districts should make the determination about what is taught, and that the federal government should not be mandating that schools do not teach creationism.

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During a conversation on the television show "Politically Incorrect," in 1998, O'Donnell said "evolution is a myth," prompting host Bill Maher to respond, "Evolution is a myth? Have you ever looked at a monkey?"

Replied O'Donnell: "Well then, why they -- why aren't monkeys still evolving into humans?"

Previously, O'Donnell said, "evolution is a theory and it's exactly that."

"Now too many people are blindly accepting evolution as fact," she said. "But when you get down to the hard evidence, it's merely a theory."


Brian Montopoli is a political reporter for CBSNews.com. You can read more of his posts here. Follow Hotsheet on Facebook and Twitter.

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