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Stutzman attends evolution debate

The Kentucky auditorium audience at last week’s debate between creationist Ken Ham and evolution supporter Bill Nye included Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd.

Stutzman’s Facebook page reported that he and his wife, Christy, attended.

“Very excited to get to see it in person,” she wrote.

A member of Stutzman’s staff confirmed Monday that the second-term congressman was at the Feb. 4 debate at the Creation Museum founded by Ham in Petersburg, Ky.

“He enjoyed hearing both sides of the debate. He considers himself a creationist,” the staffer said about Stutzman.

Stutzman had been invited by a friend and “paid for the trip out of his own pocket,” the staffer said.

The U.S. House website shows that Stutzman missed no roll-call votes to attend the debate between Ham, a biblical literalist who contends the Earth is about 6,000 years old, and Nye, best known for his 1990s TV show “Bill Nye the Science Guy.”

According to news reports, more than 3 million people watched the televised debate.

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