VIDEO: Rick Perry Says Evolution Is ‘A Theory That’s Out There’ Like Creationism | Asked about evolution at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, NH, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) said that the scientific understanding of natural selection is on par with a literalist interpretation of the Bible. “It’s a theory that’s out there. It’s got some gaps in it. In Texas, we teach both creation and evolution our public schools because I figure you’re smart enough to figure which one is right,” he told a young child, after explaining “I don’t have any idea” how old the earth is.