Where Do The Candidates Stand On Evolution?

Ronald Bailey, Reason’s science correspondent, took on an interesting project this week: documenting where every major-party presidential candidate

Ronald Bailey, Reason’s science correspondent, took on an interesting project this week: documenting where every major-party presidential candidate stands on evolutionary biology.

Oddly enough, this has taken on far more political significance this election cycle than the last two. It started back in May, in one of the more memorable debate moments of the year, when John McCain was asked a straightforward question: “Do you believe in evolution?” (After a pregnant pause, McCain said, “Yes.”)

The Politico’s Jim VandeHei opened it up to the stage: “I’m curious, is there anybody on the stage that does not agree, believe in evolution?” The camera didn’t show the 10 candidates for very long, but three would-be presidents raised their hand: Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee, and Tom Tancredo. Later, Ron Paul acknowledged that he doesn’t “accept” modern biology, either.

So, where do we stand overall? Dems do pretty well. Republicans, not so much.


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