OK, we all know you’re not a scientist. You might even be a college drop-out. You might have personal beliefs that are a little wacky. But when you’re running for office, any office, even the presidency, it is understood that you’re not going to micromanage every single detail, and one of the things we’re going to expect of you is that you’ll delegate responsibilities to qualified, intelligent underlings.
So when you’re asked a question like “Do you believe in evolution,” there is a good answer and a bad answer.
The good answer is, “I accept the explanations of qualified scientists, who will be advising me on this matter.”
That last sentence is wrong. Politicians are involved in setting educational policy, and may be involved in setting research priorities, or at least funding research. What I want to hear from a politician is that they’re going to get good advice on those subjects before they make decisions.
Of course, another thing I want to hear from a politician is that they’re not Scott Walker.