When asked about the age of the Earth in an interview for GQ magazine, senator Marco Rubio gave a rather confusing reply. I've taken the liberty of translating his statement (think of it as facilitated communication). Here is the original:
GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?
Marco Rubio: I'm not a scientist, man. 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.
And my translation:
"The problem is we just have no way of knowing how old the earth is. It's really a matter for theologians. Science just doesn't have much to say about physical phenomena. So I guess we could look at what people in the past wrote, and maybe that might tell us the age of the earth if one of those guys wrote it down somewhere, but I think that's something you'd need a theologian for. The Bible gives a pretty good estimate, but the equations are way beyond me. And the age of the earth has nothing to do with silk underpants or the llama I saw at the zoo the other day. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with those things. I'm not a theologian. I don't think I'm qualified to answer questions and such. Hey, man, at the end of the day, there are multiple theories out there on how physical stuff works, and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach all of the parts of the Bible, not just the easy stuff. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says about what science says. You know, teach the controversy. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days or 7 eras, we'll probably never know because it all depends on what one day means to God"