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Bum rap for Rubio?

Picture 4Lesson in how things take life on the 'Net.

Take it away, Professor Rubio.

1) Give interview to GQ magazine, list favorite hip hop artists but say of Pitbull, his music is "all party songs."

"There's no message for him, compared to like an Eminem. But look, there's always been a role for that in American music. There's always been a party person, but he's a young guy. You know, maybe as he gets older, he'll reflect in his music more as time goes on. I mean, he's not Tupac. He's not gonna be writing poetry."

2) Watch interview bounces across Twitter, producing headlines such as, TRENDING: Rubio breaks it down: Pitbull is no Eminem (CNN) Florida Senator Marco Rubio Loves Tupac, Hates Pitbull (Fuse); Marco Rubio Tells the Truth (For Once): Pitbull Sucks (Latinorebels); Marco Rubio Starts Rap Beef with Pitbull and Scientists (Miami New Times); and the folks at Power 96 this morning were astir, with one DJ saying Rubio was seeking "street cred."

3) Jump on Twitter to clarify your remarks.

Rubio was also taking some Twitter heat for his answer about how old the Earth is.

-- Alex Leary


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Chuck Anziulewicz

Does the age of the Earth or the creation of the Universe or the biological origin of the human species really make that much difference in the day-to-day life of the average American? Probably not. But I DO expect our elected officials to live in the REAL world, rather than subscribing to a lot of superstitious nonsense.

Marco Rubio was not asked, “How old is the Earth?” He was asked, “How old do you think the Earth is?” Surely he has an belief, based either on science of theology, but instead he chose to dance away from the question. I find that dismaying. If we take “Young Earth” creationism at face value, EVERYTHING we know about physics and astronomy and even higher mathematics completely falls apart.

During his campaign Mitt Romney lamented how science education was lagging behind the rest of the Western industrialized world. Considering how 46% percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years, Romney certainly would have had his work cut out for him if he had been elected.

Let’s face it: “Young Earth” creationism is the antithesis of science. It completely inverts the scientific method, starting with an assumption (i.e. “God did it.”), then contorting science to fit that assumption, and if scientific facts do not support the notion that “God did it,” those facts can be dismissed as nothing less than an elaborate Satanic deception. I expect fundamentalist Christian preachers to spew this kind of gobbledygook, but not members of the House Science Committee and CERTAINLY not up-and-coming Presidential prospects.


Rubio gave a very thoughtful answer. I fail to see what the criticism is here.What was he supposed to say...I know the Earth is 10,000 years old, or I know the Earth is 5 billion years old? Jesus stop griping and get a life.

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