Alaska Gov Candidate Can’t Say How Old Earth Is
Sean Parnell, the Alaska Republican hoping to fill Sarah Palin’s shoes by winning a full term as governor (he took over in the role when Palin left office) has already learned how to play to the conservative right. One of his major policy moves was to refuse to accept additional federal dollars for Denali Kid Care, the Alaskan heathcare insurance for poor women and children in the state, because he was afraid it could be used to pay for abortions.
Now he’s tacking even harder for the extreme religious right, refusing to even answer a debate question about how old the Earth is, stating “only God knows.”
Via Alaska Dispatch:
Talking Points Memo pulled out an interesting item from the session, though. A moderator posed a listener’s question to the candidates: “Of the following two numbers, which more accurately represents the age of the Earth in years: Six thousand, or six billion?” Gov. Parnell responded, “Only God knows.” And when a moderator asked him to guess, he said “I really don’t know. I mean, for either one of us to do it is quite speculative.”
The moderator actually didn’t ask Parnell to guess, she said “You really don’t want to answer that?” She could tell he was obviously trying to hedge from giving an on the record answer.