Skip to comments.McGovern: Hard to elect female president
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.
It’s also pretty hard to elect a loony lefty, didja notice that too, George?
I thought he was dead. Well, he’s been politically dead for decades anyway.
“It’s hard to elect a leftist looney too.” Darn, you beat me to it.
Hard to elect a liberal President—male or female.
Was Nancy Pelosi releated to Lizzie Bordon? Maybe Harry Reid was related to Al Capone.
Oops, wrong thread.
520 to 17.
hillary is a hinny, not a female.
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?”
That woman is not ready to be President.
She thinks she is Margaret Thatcher.... but she is more like a Rosie O’donnel...
Actually a number of Leftist women as well. Just for your info.
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