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Editorial: The evolution of a candidate

Google Aaron Miller, the Republicans’ choice to take on four-term incumbent Tim Walz in November, and you’ll find a lot of stories pertaining to evolution.

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This is not a good thing for Miller, who has 15 years of experience in the health care industry (“I think that will be an important background advantage to have when we look to repeal and replace Obamacare,” he told the Daily Globe during a visit here last week) but none in politics. Statements he has made about his daughter being upset having to learn about evolution in the classroom have spread across the nation and have placed them on the defensive — an unenviable place to be when up against someone who has yet to be seriously threatened in three previous re-election campaigns.

In describing his evolution remarks, Miller said: “It had nothing to do with evolution per se; it was purely an analogy. ... The point was an analogy about government overreach and really government involvement in our local area and in our local school districts, but it kind of got spun out of control.” There can be little doubt that Miller regrets making his self-professed analogy, particularly when so little else is known about him. (The website would benefit from a section highlighting the candidate’s stances on specific issues.)

Miller, to his credit, talked about the issues plenty during his stop at this newspaper, stressing he sees the debt and deficit, the economy and Obamacare as primary focal points. He’ll need to keep talking — wisely — if he hopes to emerge with an upset victory later this year.