Blog Posts by Chris Moody, Yahoo News

  • Perry answers question about evolution and the age of the Earth

    Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry fielded a few questions from a child in New Hampshire about evolution Thursday--a topic the outspoken Christian governor was sure to encounter on the campaign trail sooner or later.

    "How old do you think the Earth is?" the child asked, who was being coached by his mother behind him for each question.

    "How old do I think the earth is? You know what? I don't have any idea," Perry responded. "I know it's pretty old. So it goes back a long, long way. I'm not sure anybody actually knows completely and absolutely how old the earth is."

    Meanwhile, the mother whispered to her son to ask about evolution.

    "I hear your mom was asking about evolution and, you know, it's a theory that's out there," Perry said. "It's got some gaps in it, but in Texas we teach both creationism and evolution in our public schools. Because I figure you're smart enough to figure out which one is right."

    There is little, if any, disagreement within the scientific community that the Earth is about 4.5-6 billion years old and that evolution is responsible for the range of species on the planet today.

    Perry walked away before the kid could ask his mom's next question, "Why don't you believe in science?"

    Just hours after the exchange, fellow presidential candidate and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman took to Twitter with his own answer: "To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming," he said. "Call me crazy."

    ABC News has the video after the jump:

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  • Analysis: Media give Ron Paul the shaft

    Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul lament that the media are ignoring their candidate, despite his strong showing at several straw polls, his national name recognition and his fundraising ability.

    Turns out, they might have a point.

    A media analysis by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism counted the number of stories written about Paul and found him to be one of the least covered candidates in the race. Source: Pew Research Center

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  • Ron Paul: Rick Perry makes me look moderate

    Paul (Jim Cole/AP)Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, the national drumbeater against the Federal Reserve, said Wednesday that compared to "some southern governor" (a clear reference to fellow contender Rick Perry) Paul looks more like a moderate.

    "I'll tell you what, he makes me sound like a moderate," Paul said at a campaign stop in Concord, New Hampshire. "I have never once said Bernanke has committed treason. But I have suggested very strongly that the Federal Reserve system and all the members have been counterfeiters for a long time." The remarks were first reported by NBC News.

    The title of Paul's book is End the Fed.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry said earlier this week that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke would be "almost treasonous" if he increases the money supply before the elections in November.

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  • Perry’s book advocates a limited role for the president and the courts

    Perry (Pat Sullivan/AP)As the exclamation point in the title suggests, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is angry in his book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington --or let's say "passionate"--about state governments losing the battle for control with the federal government. In less than 200 pages, the Republican presidential candidate finds fault with almost every federal institution in existence.

    There will be several standards by which to judge Perry during his campaign for the presidency, but the bar he sets in his manifesto will by far be the most difficult one for him to live up to. His vision for the role of the federal courts, the Congress and the president is so narrow that it will be hard for him to avoid charges of hypocrisy every time he even thinks about moving the White House furniture. He lays the foundation for an extremely limited presidency, of the sort arguably not seen since the era of Calvin Coolidge.

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  • Bachmann’s unlikely campaign promise: $2 gas

    This could be the least serious campaign promise of the year. While on the trail in South Carolina this week, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann vowed that if elected president, gasoline prices would fall to less than $2 per gallon.

    "Under President Bachmann you will see gasoline come down below $2 per gallon again," Bachmann said during a town hall meeting in Greenville, S.C., according to The Hill newspaper. "That will happen."

    To accomplish this, Bachmann said, she would encourage more oil drilling by opening up spaces currently under federal protection and reduce restrictions and regulation on oil companies. The national average for the price of gas is currently $3.60 per gallon.

    Of course, there's a chance prices could drop below $2 during a Bachmann presidency, and lowering the price of business by easing regulation might even reduce the price of gas. But no single politician--even a deregulator in chief--can predict with certainty the forces in the turbulent

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  • Cain: Impeaching Obama would be ‘a great thing to do’

    Cain (Erik Scheizig/AP)Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Tuesday it would be "great" if President Obama were impeached, citing several actions the president has taken that Cain said merit the president's ouster.

    "It would be a great thing to do but because the Senate is controlled by Democrats we would never be able to get the Senate first to take up that action, because they simply don't care what the American public thinks," Cain said, according to Politico. "They would protect him and they wouldn't even bring it up."

    Cain made the comments during a conference call with bloggers Tuesday night in response to a question about whether he thought the president should face trial in Congress.

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  • Is Chris Christie preparing to run for president in 2012?

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has repeatedly denied that he intends to run for president in 2012, but according to Bloomberg View columnist Jonathan Alter, he is taking some early steps toward joining the race.

    "My sources say NJ Gov. Chris Christie is conducting focus groups in preparation for a possible run for president in 2012," Alter wrote on Twitter just before 12:30 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday.

    (UPDATE: Alter now reports that another source close to the governor says there is no truth to the story. "Another source, close to Christie and v-reliable, says there are no Christie focus groups and nothing has changed," he posted on Twitter. "I trust him.")

    Several high-profile Republicans have been calling on Christie to run for president for months, but every time he has been asked by the press, Christie has rejected the suggestion. Christie told reporters in November that there was "zero chance" he would run.

    "Short of suicide, I don't really know what I'd have to do to convince you people that I'm not running," he said.

    Of course, circumstances can change.

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  • Bachmann poses for 2012 calendar

    Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann will make a cameo in a 2012 calendar put out by a nonprofit conservative women's group--but, unless you skip ahead, you won't see her until after the November election.

    The "Great American Conservative Women" calendar, organized annually for the past seven years by the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, features a full-page photo on its December page of the Minnesota congresswoman in the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.

    The group awarded Bachmann a leadership award in 2010, and she has spoken at several events organized by the institute. This is the third year in a row she has appeared on the calendar.

    You can see the photo after the jump.

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  • LAST TICKET: Perry now leading poll; Jon Stewart sticks up for Ron Paul

    Here are the stories we took note of today but didn't give the full blog treatment:

    • Rick Perry bumps Mitt Romney as top Republican presidential candidate, according to poll. (Rasmussen)

    • The Daily Show sticks up for the forgotten candidate, Ron Paul. (TIME)

    • Paul's campaign ads have come a long way since 2008. (YouTube)

    • Michele Bachmann's campaign bus was once John McCain's "Straight Talk Express." (Business Insider)

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  • If elected president, Rick Perry could still jog with his gun

    Perry (Rodger Mallison/AP)When Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry goes for a jog in Texas, the governor doesn't just throw on a pair of gym shorts and tennis shoes before dashing out the door. He also packs a concealed .380 Ruger loaded with deadly hollow-point bullets, fully equipped with a laser-sight for precise killing. (What, you don't?)

    He says he keeps it on him in case of an attack from wild animals. Last year, the Texas governor sent a coyote to canine heaven with a single shot while he was exercising in Austin, claiming it had threatened his dog.

    But if he were elected president, could Perry hypothetically continue to pack heat on his morning run? You're damn right he could.

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