TV host Maher shows another O'Donnell clip

By Randall Chase
Associated Press Writer / September 25, 2010

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DOVER, Del.—TV comedian Bill Maher is taking another jab at Republican Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, who as a conservative Christian activist was a frequent guest on his "Politically Incorrect" show in the 1990s.

After O'Donnell won last week's GOP primary in Delaware with the help of tea party activists, Maher played a 1999 tape in which she said she had dabbled in witchcraft while in high school.

Maher threatened to show more old clips of O'Donnell unless she appeared on his current cable show, "Real Time with Bill Maher."

On Friday night, Maher made good on his threat, showing another clip from the 1990s in which O'Donnell challenged the theory of evolution.

"Evolution is a myth," O'Donnell said, starting to explain her position before Maher interrupted.

"Evolution is a myth?" he asked. "Have you ever looked at a monkey?"

"Well then why aren't they, why aren't monkeys still evolving into humans?" O'Donnell responded.

O'Donnell expressed similar views in 1996 as a spokeswoman for Concerned Women for America, a conservative Christian group, saying on a CNN broadcast that "too many people are blindly accepting evolution as fact."

"But when you get down to the hard evidence, it's merely a theory," she said, adding that there was "just as much, if not more" evidence for creationism, and that both views should be taught in schools.

The O'Donnell campaign did not immediately respond Friday night to e-mail and telephone messages seeking comment.