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McGovern: Hard to elect female president
Associated Press ^
| MARY CLARE JALONICK
Posted on 03/25/2008 3:40:32 PM PDT by kingattax
WASHINGTON - Former Sen. George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, said Tuesday it would be easier for a black man to be elected to the White House than a woman.
The former South Dakota senator has endorsed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, whom he has known for decades since she helped campaign for him. She is in a close race with Sen. Barack Obama for the party nod.
"I have a feeling that in this country where we're at today in our thinking, it's going to be harder to elect a woman than to elect a black man," he told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I wish that weren't true ... I'd love to see Hillary as president."
McGovern says he occasionally chats with men who don't think a woman is ready for the responsibility.
"Some guy will say, 'Well, I think that's too big a job for a woman, I don't think she can handle those terrorists,'" he said, adding that he seldom hears the same thing said about a black man.
"I think we've never had a woman so well-qualified that's on the national scene," he said of Clinton.
McGovern, who centered his 1972 campaign on his opposition to the Vietnam War, has been critical of the Iraq war, calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney earlier this year. He said Clinton and Obama have reasonable plans for ending the conflict.
He says he likes Obama but didn't know much about him when he endorsed Clinton last year.
"I think very highly of him now," McGovern said.
The former senator, who maintains a home in South Dakota, was in Washington pushing lawmakers to add more money for international food aid to a multibillion dollar farm bill. McGovern has long been an advocate for the hungry and helped start a program that donates U.S.-grown crops for school lunches in impoverished countries.
TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; mcgovern; obama; womanpresident
marxists of a feather flock together
posted on 03/25/2008 3:40:32 PM PDT
McGovern is, and always has been, a flippin' village idiot. That is probably why he likes Klinton so much, they have so much in common with each other.
It’s also pretty hard to elect a loony lefty, didja notice that too, George?
posted on 03/25/2008 3:45:30 PM PDT
by Cyber Liberty
(Don't trust anyone who can't take a joke. [Congressman BillyBob])
I thought he was dead. Well, he’s been politically dead for decades anyway.
posted on 03/25/2008 3:50:19 PM PDT
The only woman who have been elected to positions of Nation leadership were on the right. Golda Meier, Lady Thatcher, & Merkle come to mind.
posted on 03/25/2008 3:51:42 PM PDT
(cranky, but reasonable)
To: Cyber Liberty
“It’s hard to elect a leftist looney too.” Darn, you beat me to it.
I can see where his advice regarding a presidential run would be sought out. Kind of like asking Jimmie about getting reelected.
posted on 03/25/2008 3:58:33 PM PDT
(Press 1 for english. . .2 for jibberish.)
Hard to elect a liberal President—male or female.
posted on 03/25/2008 4:01:21 PM PDT
Was Nancy Pelosi releated to Lizzie Bordon? Maybe Harry Reid was related to Al Capone.
posted on 03/25/2008 4:02:28 PM PDT
posted on 03/25/2008 4:03:27 PM PDT
posted on 03/25/2008 4:08:35 PM PDT
hillary is a hinny, not a female.
posted on 03/25/2008 4:22:46 PM PDT
(Governments hate armed citizens more than armed criminals)
What McGovern meant to say is, it is easier for a black man to get a MSM free pass than a white woman? If a white woman of either party sat in a white church where the demagogue hate mongering pastor sad “God damn America”, the only MSM question would be” When are you dropping out of the campaign?”
posted on 03/25/2008 4:24:34 PM PDT
(Oprah had better judgment that Barry, she left Barry's Uncle Jeremiah while the getting was good.)
That woman is not ready to be President.
She thinks she is Margaret Thatcher.... but she is more like a Rosie O’donnel...
posted on 03/25/2008 4:31:19 PM PDT
It's always hard for me to believe McGovern can be such an obvious Marxist on the one hand, and a good officer and pilot who flew 35 B-24 Liberator missions during WW II and earned the DFC.
posted on 03/25/2008 5:05:18 PM PDT
("I wasn't in church during the time when the statements were made.")
Actually a number of Leftist women as well. Just for your info.
posted on 03/25/2008 6:24:55 PM PDT
(Reluctant McCain supporter. Best remaining option, strong on my primary issues.)
What I want to know is who let him out of the asylum? Once again we have the Rats neck deep in identity politics. Personally I can honestly say that I could vote for a woman or black man to be President who supported a conservative agenda for the country. The problem with these two are that they're both socialist moonbats bordering on communists.
posted on 03/26/2008 4:41:05 AM PDT
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