GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett met with The Eagle editorial board Tuesday and tried to clarify where he stands in the state school board evolution controversy.
"I believe in evolution," he said. And the physician says he has no problem reconciling evolution with his religious faith.
"I am not a kook," he added, objecting to any efforts to paint him as one.
He went on to say that some of his campaign comments, which have followed the "teach the controversy" rhetoric of intelligent design advocates, were merely meant to support open discussion in classrooms and letting kids make up their own minds.
His awkward straddle of this issue, though, shows how Barnett’s efforts to satisfy both GOP mods and conservatives is sometimes a stretch.
Watch an video excerpt of Barnett talking about evolution that is posted on our Opinion page.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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