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same old GOP

So, Macro Rubio seems to be getting an early start on the 2016 campaign with a trip to Iowa, and as a Tea Party Cuban-American has been talked about a lot. Let's see if he's any different, in this GQ interview:

I'm not making any comparison between Barack Obama and Castro from Cuba

Suuure you aren't.

GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?
Marco Rubio: 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.

Macro Rubio is Catholic (I checked). The Catholic Church is *not* Creationist beyond "God put souls in humans" and maybe some guided evolution. Most likely Rubio is blatantly pandering to the Young Earth Creationists of the GOP. The age of the universe may not impact the economy, but being willing to listen to scientists does. So does having a spine.

GQ: You talk a lot to young Republicans. Recently I met a Republican who said, my kids are in high school and there's a prom. There's straight kids, gay kids. It's no big deal to them. And he says, my party, the Republican party, has to stop putting these social issues out there and talking more about stuff that effects people.
Marco Rubio: I think that's unfair. A significant percentage of Americans feel very strongly about this issue. What I'm hearing is that it's ok for one side to express their view and the other side needs to be quiet. There are a very significant number of Americans that feel very strongly about the issue of life, about the issue of marriage and are we saying that they should be silenced or not allowed to speak or voice their opinion? There's a way to do that that is respectful and productive. There are things we'll always disagree on, but it doesn't mean we go to war over them or divide our country over them. We agree to disagree, but we continue to work together on the things we all know that we have to do.

Can we continue to pander to homophobic bigots, despite gays possibly tipping the election? Yes we can!

(Also, someone at GQ wanted "affects people", not "effects". #vocabularynazi)

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Nov. 20th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks for calling me a homophobic bigot.
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