Former GOP candidates split over whether America is ready for a female president

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert PoliticsFebruary 21, 2014

Two former Republican presidential candidates – Arizona Sen. John McCain and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann – aren’t on the same page when it comes to whether America is ready for a female president in 2016.

Bachmann, who unsuccessfully ran for the Oval Office in 2012, told syndicated columnist Cal Thomas last week that despite her bid America simply isn’t ready for a female commander-in-chief.

“I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt,” she said in the interview, which was published Wednesday. Thomas noted that he presumes her ‘guilt’ comment was related to slavery and the civil rights movement.

“People don’t hold guilt for a woman,” she continued, adding that she doesn’t “think there is a pent-up desire” for a woman president even though women often run for other elected positions nationwide.

Bachmann does see an opening for likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, however, albeit it a small one. She told Thomas that the former secretary of state needs to “remind people (Clinton) is seeking to become commander in chief (and) how she has operated in the past with these types of responsibilities.”

“Effectively she would be Obama’s third and fourth term in office,” she said, hoping that it would be enough to scare Americans into voting for a Republican in two years.

McCain, who was the official Republican nominee for President in 2008, “hates to admit” that he does sees a future in which Clinton is president.

“Right now, if the election were tomorrow, Hillary Clinton would most likely be the president of United States,” he told CNN’s Piers Morgan Thursday night, quickly adding that he wouldn’t vote for her.

The Arizona Republican attributed Americans’ warming feelings toward a female president as a direct result of the strides that women have made in other elected offices.

“When you look at the growth of women in the Senate, I believe now 20 of them — just a handful a few years ago,” he noted. “So I just have very different reading of the American political scene.”

According to The Hill, one in five senators are female, as well as 78 Members of Congress. There are also currently five female governors in office, with all but one of them being Republican.

Not only is Clinton besting all other potential Democratic primary candidates by more than 50 points in most recent polls, the former first lady is also ahead of all major Republican candidates by double-digits in several recent polls.

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