Mayor Bloomberg: GOP Candidates Must Believe in Evolution and
Global Warming Climate Change
Snow covers idle rental vehicles parked in a lot near Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., Monday Oct. 31, 2011. More than 750,000 customers in the state were without power from the storm, which set Connecticut records for outages and snowfall so early in the season. (AP/Bettina Hansen)
Mayor Bloomberg told an audience on Thursday that the Republican candidate for president must believe in evolution and global warming or he will just be very, very upset.
The New York Daily News reported:
Belief in science should be a no-brainer, especially for anyone running for President, Mayor Bloomberg groused Thursday.
The mayor used an international economic forum at Columbia University to pop off against any candidates who doubt the science behind hot-button political topics such as evolution and global warming.
“We have presidential candidates who don’t believe in science,” Bloomberg said, without singling out dubious Republican candidates directly.
“I mean, just think about it, can you imagine a company of any size in the world where the CEO said ‘oh I don’t believe in science’ and that person surviving to the end of that day? Are you kidding me? It’s mind-boggling!”
Bloomberg grew coy when asked which candidate he was talking about.
“I don’t know,” he said. “You can check the presidential candidates’ speeches… I don’t have time to go do it but all their speeches, everything they said.”
Only one GOP contender – former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman – has come out full force saying he believes in science.
“To be clear, I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy,” he wrote on Twitter. He later attacked Rick Perry on “This Week” when he said, “The minute that the Republican Party becomes the anti-science party – we have a huge problem.”
Republican front-runner Mitt Romney has also stood up for evolution in the past, refusing to denounce it, as other candidates did, during a 2007 debate.
Last week New York City had its earliest snow storm since the Civil War.