Strange Beliefs of 2012 Presidential Candidates

Climate change denial is just the tip of an unfathomable iceberg.

Strangely, everyone in blue believes that the lady in red was married to the greatest president in U.S. history. (Photo: Pool/Reuters)

Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

The race is on for the highest executive office of the land. To judge by media coverage, the field of nine Oval Office aspirants seems to be composed exclusively of Republican loyalists, but party affiliation shouldn't prejudice a voter decision. Each presidential contender should be evaluated on his or her core beliefs. Uh oh.

Texas Governor Rick Perry: Climate change science is “all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight.”

Perry also believes: “Evolution is a theory that’s out there. It’s got some gaps in it.”

Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann: “The big thing we’re working on now is the global warming hoax. It’s all voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax.”

Bachmann also believes: “If we took away the minimum wage—if conceivably it was gone—we could potentially wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.”

I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.

Businessman and Former U.S. Senate Candidate Herman Cain: “I don’t believe global warming is real. The real science doesn’t say that we have any major crisis or threat, when it comes to climate change.”

Cain also believes: “I believe homosexuality is a sin, because I’m a Bible-believing Christian. I believe it’s a sin. I know that some people make that choice. That’s their choice.”

Texas Representative Ron Paul: Man made global warming is “the greatest hoax I think that has been around for many, many years.”

Paul also believes: “9/11 came about because there was too much government. Government was more or less in charge. They told the pilots they couldn’t have guns, and they were told never to resist. [Government] set up the stage for all this.”

Former Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum: Climate change is “a beautifully concocted scheme” and “just an excuse for more government control of your life.”

Santorum also believes: “My children cannot Google their father’s name.”

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney: “Do I think the world’s getting hotter? Yeah, I don’t know that, but I think that it is. [The human contribution] could be a little. It could be a lot.”

Romney also believes: “Corporations are people, my friend. … Of course they are.”

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty: “The [climate change] science was, I think, based on unreliable conclusions. At least as to any potential man-made contribution to it, it’s fair to say the science is in dispute.”

Pawlenty also believes: “If you can find a good or service on the Internet, then the federal government probably doesn’t need to be doing it.”

Former Utah Governor and Obama Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman: “I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”

Huntsman also believes: “You’ve got to have societal values that …  transcend the generations. They’re about the respect we show one for another, and they’re about understanding respect for the Constitution, and life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which is, I think, the bottom line of what we in this great country of ours believe in and aspire to.”

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich:  Revisiting his 2008 call, in conjunction with WeCanSolveIt.org, to demand action on climate change: “Look, I was trying to make a point that we shouldn’t be afraid to debate the left, even on the environment, that was obviously misconstrued.”

Gingrich also believes: “The human race has a destiny to spread across the solar system and then across the stars. I prefer that destiny be led by free people.”

Sources: Think Progress | CBS News | New York Times

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