If the 2016 presidential election were held tomorrow voters would elect former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to Arizona Sen. John McCain.
On the heels of an interview with Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann where the tea party congresswoman said a lot of people are not ready for a female president, McCain was asked about her comments.
“It’s a free country,” McCain said Thursday night on CNN. “I would bet, my friend, as much as I hate to admit it, but right now, this is why we have campaigns. But right now, if the election were tomorrow, Hillary Clinton would most likely be the president of United States.”
“When you look at the growth of women in the Senate, then I believe now 20 of them just a handful a few years ago,” he said. “When you look at them in the House of Representatives, when you look at them in the mayors and governors, we’re proud that we’ve had women governors here in Arizona, two in a row. And we have a long history of women governor. So I just have very different reading of the American political scene.”
In an interview with Cal Thomas, Bachmann said she does not think “there is a pent-up desire” for or even a lot of people “aren’t ready” for a female president.
“I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt,” she told Thomas. “People don’t hold guilt for a woman.”