Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A Miami politician running for Congress is being scrutinized for a TV interview several years ago where she said she was visited by aliens from outer space when she was a child .
Republican Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, the vice mayor of Doral, a Miami suburb, is running to succeed retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Videos of an interview she gave to a Spanish-language television program in 2009 could complicate her efforts to win the crowded and competitive race.
In the interview, Rodriguez Aguilera described being abducted by aliens when she was 7.
"I went in. There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship -- not like airplanes," she said, according to The Miami Herald.
Rodriguez Aguilera said the aliens were tall, blonde and friendly -- and reminded her of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
She also said the aliens gave her deep insight, including that the world's "energy center" is in Africa and that "God is a universal energy, not a person."
"He's part of everything," she said in one of the videos, according to Fox News. "God talks to people and they interpret what he says different. In reality, there aren't different religions. There is just one."
In a statement, Rodriguez Aguilera said she's in good company when it comes to believing in extraterrestrials.
"For years people, including presidents like Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter and astronauts have publicly claimed to have seen unidentified flying objects, and scientists like Stephen Hawking and institutions like the Vatican have stated that there are billions of galaxies in the universe and we are probably not alone," she said. "I personally am a Christian and have a strong belief in God, I join the majority of Americans who believe that there must be intelligent life in the billions of planets and galaxies in the universe."