We learned a number of things about Republican Senator, and likely 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio from his recent interview with GQ: he likes Tupac, Eminem and he has no idea how old the Earth is. Well, Marco Rubio the politician doesn’t know. Marco Rubio who must appeal to people who don’t believe in evolution to get his party’s nomination doesn’t know. As for Marco Rubio the man, you decide from this little speech:
I'm not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that's a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I'm not a scientist. I don't think I'm qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that. It's one of the great mysteries.
The takeaways from Rubio's response: we are still doing the whole “let’s turn every question into a question about the economy” thing. It will be interesting to see how long Republicans stay with this tactic, now that Obama has been reelected, and the economy is showing signs of shaking off its slumber. Also, in the battle of religion vs. science in the Republican party, religion is still the dominant force. Most nationally known Republicans would rather face a few eye-rolls from science-believing fiscal conservatives than face the ire of the Bible belt.
Still, at least Rubio is walking the line. Other Republicans give an unequivocal Bible-based answer to this question. Rubio is nodding toward both sides, stepping toward neither. We saw this sort of move from Romney when asked about climate change: I’m not a scientist, there’s a lot of disagreement, let’s talk about the economy.
Also revealed: Marco Rubio’s three favorite hip-hop songs:
1. Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A.
2. Killuminatti, Tupac
3. Lose Yourself, Eminem
Not a bad list, but I’ll take issue with this: “The only guy that speaks at any sort of depth is, in my mind, Eminem.” Dude needs to listen to more indie hip-hop.