Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday told Politico
that science has clearly established the age of the Earth as roughly 4.5 billion years old, but religion has taught him that it was God who kickstarted the creation of the planet all those years ago.
Rubio told GQ earlier this year during an interview that he “was not a scientist, man” and didn’t want to get into a debate about how old the Earth may be. He told Politico, however, that while others debate it, the age of the Earth appears to him to be rock solid fact.
“Science says it’s about four and a half billion years old and my faith teaches that that’s not inconsistent,” Rubio said. “The answer I gave was actually trying to make the same point the president made a few years ago, and that is there is no scientific debate on the age of the earth. I mean, it’s established pretty definitively as at least four and a half billion years old . . . I was referring to a theological debate, which is a pretty healthy debate.”
He blamed the seemingly vague answer to the magazine on a bad transition of topics during the interview. “I wish I would have given a better answer, a more succinct answer, but we went from talking about hip hop and then it got pivoted to the earth,” he said. “I’m not a robot, I got caught off guard I guess.”
During the Politico interview, Rubio also said that he expected immigration would get done in several chunks and that he was against tax increases because he felt they would hurt the economy right now.
On immigration, Rubio said there was no danger to Republicans, but rather a challenge to find a way to adapt conservative ideas to the 21st century and properly sell them to Hispanics and other immigrant groups.
“We understand that legal immigration is not just an important part of our heritage, it’s an important part of our future,” he said. “We’re not talking about plagues of locusts, we’re talking about people.”
His hope is for Congress to break immigration reform into several pieces of legislation, rather than one giant bill, so that e-verify, guest workers programs, and border patrol, among other issues, can be given the proper attention they need.
Rubio went on to say that raising taxes wouldn't be good for the economy.
“I just don’t think that’s a solution. For me, it’s not about a pledge or millionaires and billionaires. I just think the number one issue is to grow the economy. It’s not about taxes higher or lower, it’s about growing the economy,” he said.
Regarding whether the country will go over the fiscal cliff, Rubio added that “maybe I’m being optimistic, but yes [we’ll have a deal]. I’m in the Senate, I know these guys, when the cameras are off and people are being people and not just senators on television — we get it, this is important.”
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