March 26th, 2008
01:59 PM ET
13 years ago

Cafferty: Is McGovern right that it's easier to elect black man president than woman?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/19/art.mcgovern.clinton.ap.jpg caption=" Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Clinton, with George McGovern at the Johnson County Democrats' annual barbecue, 2007, in Iowa City, Iowa."]

It will be easier to elect a black man president than a woman.

Those are the words of former senator and 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern. He's actually a Hillary Clinton supporter, but he says he feels that where this country stands today in its thinking, it's going to be harder to elect a woman. He also says, "I wish that weren't true... I'd love to see Hillary as president."

McGovern says he sometimes hears from men who don't think a woman is ready to assume the responsibilities of the top office in the land. Some worry it's "too big a job" for a woman or that she wouldn't be able to "handle those terrorists." McGovern says he rarely hears the same concerns about a black man.

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