February 20th, 2014
10:48 PM ET
9 years ago

McCain: If election were tomorrow, Clinton would be president

(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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soundoff (364 Responses)
  1. Solomon Walker

    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.

    February 21, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. dike

    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...

    February 21, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Chuk

    Here is a question: If Bachmann does not think America is ready for a woman president, WHY DID SHE RUN?
    Just asking.

    February 21, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Jackson




    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.

    February 21, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Mike

    Salutations madam President Clinton, you got my vote !!!!

    February 21, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. J Ross White

    A brain dead war monger and Miss piggy – Who Cares???????????????

    February 21, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Nate

    I see there still is a tremendous political polarization in the country. That is really, really, sad.

    February 21, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. oneSTARman

    America isn't Ready and wont EVER be Ready for Michele Bachmann for President.

    February 21, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. julie

    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...

    February 21, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. palintwit

    Wonder why he didn't pick Sarah Palin again?

    February 21, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. armyret71403

    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.

    February 21, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Praisethelard

    She should have won in 2008... some of us did write-in her name...

    February 21, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. watash60


    forgiveness of college loan interest

    DREAM act for illegals

    Free contraceptives

    Welfare Statistics
    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.

    February 21, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. torchytodd

    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.

    February 21, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. AnaHadWolves

    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"

    February 21, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Dixie Independent voter

    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.

    February 21, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. sby1977

    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!!!

    February 21, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. bbarile

    Reblogged this on Brandon Barile.

    February 21, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Sam

    McCain is a pretty honest guy. I suspect he means what he said. The Republicans have no strong candidate to oppose Hillary.

    February 21, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. peter Nguyen

    The reason HRC would win because The GOP is scary, very scary .....

    February 21, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Daniel

    I stopped reading when he said "my friend'. Too many bad memories.

    February 21, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. johnbiggscr

    Margaret Thatcher claimed there wouldn't be a female prime minister during her lifetime either.
    6 years later she was proved wrong.....unfortunately.

    February 21, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. Jme

    McCain is always wrong so Hillary it looks like you are in deep do do.

    February 21, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. dameglet

    For the record... I'm gonna laugh at any rightie who threatens to move to Canada.

    February 21, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Jack

    McCain, I'll listen to; Bachmann,Cruz Palin are just annoying noise!

    February 21, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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