Former presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said in an interview with TriCities.com columnist Cal Thomas that the United States won't elect former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton president in 2016 because the country "isn't ready for a woman president."
According to Bachmann, the tide of white "guilt" that President Barack Obama rode into office will not be matched by a similar feelings for the former First Lady.
Bachmann announced in 2013 that she is retiring from Congress after her current term, but she did not hesitate to offer Republicans advice about how to defeat Clinton, should she decide to run. The GOP, she said, needs to keep hammering away at the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Clinton, Bachmann said, was aware of "deteriorating conditions" on the ground in Benghazi, but chose to do nothing.
“She has a real problem when it comes to Benghazi,” Bachmann said.
Furthermore, Clinton was "the godmother of Obamacare,” working “behind closed doors” during her husband's term in office to pass her own health care plan, alleged Bachmann.
Ultimately, she said, a lot of people in the U.S. just "aren't ready" for a woman 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," she said, and while voters will vote for women for every other elected office in the country, “I don’t think there is a pent-up desire” to see a woman in the Oval Office.
When Obama came along, she said, he was "new and different." Having spent more than two decades in the public eye, Bachmann said, Clinton won't have the same appeal.