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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Huckabee, Science, & Religion

Tim Hutchinson, a former Republican senator from Arkansas and a senior adviser to Gov. Mike Huckabee's campaign, was online with washingtonpost.com yesterday to answer questions, including one from a reader in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who asked, "Given that Mike Huckabee believes in creationism, will you please reassure those of us who have more faith in science than does Huckabee as to what type of person a President Huckabee would appoint to be the White House Science Adviser?"
Hutchinson's response: "Gov. Huckabee, if you look at his 10 1/2 years as governor, never tried to impose his beliefs on anyone. From the statements I've heard on his beliefs in creation in no way disparage his confidence and value in modern science. I don't think those beliefs—which he has been open about and believe the American public deserves to know about them—would infringe on the sorts of people he would have in his administration. I think that's the greatest confidence people can have, those 10 1/2 years of experience. As he said, he never tried to put a church steeple on the capitol dome, and would never try to use the authority of government in that way." —Heather Wax