In an interview with GQ published online Monday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio said the age of the Earth was "one of the great mysteries."
As has been widely reported, the December issue of GQ magazine features an interview with Rubio in which he talks about a wide range of topics. From his Cuban heritage to a basic science question that is controversial for many on the religious right.
“How old do you think the Earth is?” reporter Michael Hainey asked.
"I’m not a scientist, man," said Rubio, who sits on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.
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.
It isn't a great mystery to most scientists according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Survey notes that scientists have estimated the earth’s age to be about 4.5 billion years old.
Rubio, 42, who has sparked early 2016 presidential hype with a headlining visit to Iowa over the weekend, seemed at ease when answering questions on music.
"What are your three favorite rap songs?" Hainey asked.
The Florida senator highlighted N.W.A.’s “Straight Outta Compton," Tupac’s "Killuminati" and Eminem's "Lose Yourself."
"Eminem," he said, is the "only guy that speaks at any sort of depth." When you look at him in comparison to say "the guy from Miami, Pitbull, who's on TV selling a car and then he's advertising for Dr. Pepper. His songs are all party songs," Rubio said.
"There's no message for him."