Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was the only major female candidate during the last presidential primaries in 2012, but in a new interview with syndicated columnist Cal Thomas she says many Americans still “aren’t ready” to have a woman as their president.
“I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt,” Bachmann said of President Barack Obama’s nomination over Hillary Clinton in 2008 and eventual election over Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). She apparently did not elaborate on that idea, so Thomas added, “Presumably she means because of slavery and the lengthy denial of civil rights to blacks.”
“People don’t hold guilt for a woman,” Bachmann continued, adding “I don’t think there is a pent-up desire” for a woman president.
The congresswoman spent a large part of the rest of her interview going after Hillary Clinton specifically. “She has a real problem when it comes to Benghazi,” Bachmann said, in addition to calling the former first lady and secretary of state the “godmother of Obamacare.”
Bachmann predicted the “lure of the first female president,” as Thomas put it, would not be enough to make Americans vote for Clinton. “Effectively she would be Obama’s third and fourth term in office,” she said.
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