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article imagePerry: Evolution is a theory with 'some gaps in it'

By Michael Krebs     Aug 19, 2011 in Politics
During a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry characterized evolution as a theory with 'some gaps in it' and explained how Texas also teaches creationism to its students.
Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry visited New Hampshire on Thursday and, being true to his brand of not mincing words, said that evolution is a theory that has "some gaps in it."
Mr. Perry was answering a question posed to him by a young boy, and the governor explained to the boy that creationism is taught in Texas classrooms.
"In Texas, we teach both creationism and evolution in our public schools," Perry said.
However, some Texas education groups disputed Perry's claim that creationism is in the Texas curriculum.
“No, it is not true," Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, told Texas Tribune. "Texas science standards do not call for teaching creationism in the classroom."
“It is not part of the recognized official state curriculum,” Clay Robison, a spokesman for the Texas State Teachers Association told MSNBC.
It was unclear where the disconnect was between the governor's comments and the state's science education program.
But one point of clarity came from President Obama's re-election team, as Reuters reported on Thursday that some Obama re-election strategists believe Perry is an easier candidate for the president to beat.
"I was praying Perry would get in the race," a former White House aide closely linked to Obama's campaign told Reuters.
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