Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appears to have an open mind when it comes to the possibility of alien life.
Clinton thinks Earth may have been visited by alien lifeforms already, and she intends to investigate the UFO (unidentified flying object) phenomenon comprehensively, according to a recent story in New Hampshire's Conway Daily Sun newspaper.
"Yes, I'm going to get to the bottom of it," Clinton told The Conway Daily Sun's Daymond Steer during a recent meeting with the paper's editorial board, referring to the UFO mystery. (The New Hampshire primary election, which is held in early February, is a key step along the path to the presidential nomination for Republican and Democratic candidates, who spend a lot of time in the state as a result.)
"I think we may have been (visited already)" by aliens, Clinton added, according to the newspaper. "We don't know for sure."
It's tough to tell just how seriously Clinton intended her comments to be taken. For more context, read The Conway Daily Sun's full story here:
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Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with Space.com and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.