(CNN) – Sen. John McCain predicted if voters headed to the polls for the 2016 elections tomorrow, Hillary Clinton would be most likely be elected president - though the former secretary of state wouldn't be his pick.
Asked by CNN's Piers Morgan on Thursday about 2012 Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann's recent assessment that America isn't ready for a female president, McCain said they have a different reading on the current political landscape.
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"I would bet, my friend, as much as I hate to admit it, that 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 the United States," the Arizona Republican said.
"She wouldn't be my candidate," he added, but pointed to growth in the number of women in the Congress and state officials as evidence to the contrary of Bachmann's judgment.
Clinton has yet to announce that she's running for president in 2016, but that hasn't stopped Republicans from preemptively attacking her record in preparation for another Clinton White House bid.
Bachmann told syndicated columnist Cal Thomas that a lot of people “aren’t ready” for a woman to be president when asked about Clinton’s appeal as potentially the first female commander in chief.
“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...I don’t think there is a pent-up desire (for a woman president.)"
A CNN/ORC poll conducted from January 31 through February 2 showed Clinton as the overwhelming favorite as Democrats' choice for a 2016 presidential nominee. That same poll shows Clinton ahead of potential Republican White House contenders like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, has said he won't launch another bid for the White House but is considering running for a sixth term in the Senate.
CNN's Mary Grace Lucas contributed to this report.
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Someone please retire this imbecile that knows nothing about military combat or how to become a president because he does free advertisements for Hilary Clinton with his blathering mouth.
He – like many in the United States legislature know nothing about preserving customary law or supreme law and are abusing their authority by destroying principles of the Rule of Law.
By claiming that this pathetic excuse for life could be president is outrageous enough, never mind using his bully pulpit to persuade the public into voting for Clinton.
But – McCain just strengthens my assertion that there is no distinguishing between the two dominant parties that bully out all others in the nation's capital.
I hate that behavior that seeks to force all Americans into two categories which really aren't.
I would love to see Hillary win, Only to see the way republicans react. I want to see the reaction of Nugent, Ted Cruze, rush limbaugh, Trumph, and their likes all on FOX news... Most will die of a heart attack from all their hate boiling over...
Here is a question: If Bachmann does not think America is ready for a woman president, WHY DID SHE RUN?
Benghazi was actually a temporary facility. As such, that makes it a CIA operation, not a State operation. So, what happened there is on the CIA to explain, not the State Department.
The GOP is so rabid to hang Hillary they are going to overlook some very basic facts. No surprise there.
Dig at her all you want. She'll still be miles ahead of any of the far far far right wingnuts the GOP puts forth.
Salutations madam President Clinton, you got my vote !!!!
A brain dead war monger and Miss piggy – Who Cares???????????????
I see there still is a tremendous political polarization in the country. That is really, really, sad.
America isn't Ready and wont EVER be Ready for Michele Bachmann for President.
if she runs and I do believe she will......of course she WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT...any BETS my right wing losers I mean voters...........mark my words repubs will be crying all over again and calling her MADAM President....any takers
ANY.......Ladies and Gents may I introduce to you our next President of these United States MADAM Presiden Clinton has a nice ring to doesn't it...
Wonder why he didn't pick Sarah Palin again?
I still can't get past the fact she will be 70. Did that somehow become younger since '08? She and Obama made this quite clear about McCain's age then.
She should have won in 2008... some of us did write-in her name...
forgiveness of college loan interest
DREAM act for illegals
Total number of Americans on welfare 4,300,000.
Total number of Americans on food stamps 46,700,000.
Total number of Americans on unemployment insurance 5,600,000.
14,000,000 on disability
70,600,000 takers out of 60,700,00 votes.
He bought the election.
I wouldn't willingly vote for Hillary - but considering how the GOP continues to cater to the very extreme religious right, I'll still have to. It's a lesser evil thing.
I'm a guy who thinks it's PAST time for a woman to be President. Since I believe that Hilary Clinton's resume, intelligence, charisma and political skills are superior to anyone in the Republican Party like Palin, Bachmann, et cetera, I'm not only going to work for her election, I'm contributing heavily to her (future) campaign and I'll be voting for her.
How cool it will be to be able finally to say these words for the first time in American history: "Madame President"
Listening to anything McCain (or Bachmann, for that matter) has to say is a waste of sound bites. McCain loves to get his face in front of a camera and spout out his skewed wisdom about anything. Palin as vice president? Get some dignity, John. Retire and go home.
PS: I'm not a Hilary fan. The once in a lifetime thing that John and I agree on.
McCain and Clinton both work for Goldman Sachs and the Fed. They support the NSA, our emerging police state and the subsidization of Wall Street via QE. The BUBBLE is about to burst!!!
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McCain is a pretty honest guy. I suspect he means what he said. The Republicans have no strong candidate to oppose Hillary.
The reason HRC would win because The GOP is scary, very scary .....
I stopped reading when he said "my friend'. Too many bad memories.
Margaret Thatcher claimed there wouldn't be a female prime minister during her lifetime either.
6 years later she was proved wrong.....unfortunately.
McCain is always wrong so Hillary it looks like you are in deep do do.
For the record... I'm gonna laugh at any rightie who threatens to move to Canada.
McCain, I'll listen to; Bachmann,Cruz Palin are just annoying noise!