A Woman for President: Is the U.S. Ready?

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There are a lot of discussions about whether Hillary Clinton should run for president. Her age is sometimes cited as an obstacle, as is her husband, her history as secretary of state, and of course, inevitably, her gender. It’s been discussed in two distinct ways – there’s the “Are we ready for a female president as a nation?” question, and then there’s the Fox News-Bill O’Reilly version: “There’s got to be some downside to having a female president, right?” We’ll address the first question; the second doesn’t merit a response other than the one he was given in the video below.

The former question is one that a long list of politicians and political figureheads have addressed, sometimes to very different tunes, though opinions tend to fall upon partisan lines, and even objective polls have their own biases. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is one person who has recently voiced her opinion on whether the nation is prepared to vote a woman into office, saying that Americans “aren’t ready.”

“I don’t think there is a pent-up desire,” she said, per Politico. “I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt. People don’t hold guilt for a woman.” She also touched on Hillary Clinton specifically as a candidate. “If a person reads the Senate Intelligence report and the House Foreign Affairs report released [last] week, it is damning for Hillary Clinton,” said Bachmann, emphasizing Clinton’s stance on the Affordable Care Act. Bachmann added that Hillary is “the godmother of Obamacare,” and that “effectively she would be Obama’s third and fourth term in office.”