Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Woman Who Ran for President Says U.S. Not Ready for Female President Woman Who Ran for President Says U.S. Not Ready for Female President

This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

Politics

Woman Who Ran for President Says U.S. Not Ready for Female President

Michele Bachmann, in rebutting Hillary Clinton, forgets her own campaign past.

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The irony seems lost on tea-party stalwart Michele Bachmann.

The former candidate for the 2012 Republican nomination for president said in an interview this week that Americans "aren't ready" for a female president.

"I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt," the winner of the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll said. "People don't hold guilt for women."

 

The comments came after she was asked about Hillary Clinton's chances to win the presidency in 2016. Clinton's gender, along with her ties to President Obama and the Benghazi attack, might be enough to lure voters to the Republican ticket, Bachmann claims.

But public polling seems to suggest the opposite of Bachmann's claim on American readiness for a female president. A poll from last May showed that 86 percent of Americans think the United States is ready to elect a female president.

For a woman, though, who was criticized on several occasions for the amount of makeup she wore to debates and events—the type of sexist criticism that is reserved mainly (remember John Edwards' hair?) for a female candidate—along with being introduced on a late-night TV show to the tune of Lyin' Ass Bitch, it's no surprise that the presidential run left a bad taste.

Job Board
Search Jobs
Professional Development Program Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Farmington Hills, MI
Biomedical Service Internship Position
American Society of Civil Engineers | Flint, MI
Deputy Director of Transit Operations
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Jose, CA
Structural Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | New Haven, CT
Transportation Planner
American Society of Civil Engineers | Salinas, CA
Assessment and Remediation Team Lead
American Society of Civil Engineers | Regina, SK
Quality Systems Manager
American Society of Civil Engineers | Greensboro, NC
Quality Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Attica, IN
Senior Water Resource Project Manager
American Society of Civil Engineers | Fairfax, VA
Civil Engineering
American Society of Civil Engineers | Steamboat Springs, CO
Entry Level Geotechnical Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Albany, NY
Sales Engineer-Process Automation/Instrumentation
American Society of Civil Engineers
Senior Project Manager- Transportation
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Antonio, TX
Materials Engineer 2
American Society of Civil Engineers | IL
Land Surveyor
American Society of Civil Engineers
 
Comments
comments powered by Disqus