Clinton-backer McGovern: Harder to Elect a Woman Than a Black Man

By Jennifer Parker

Mar 25, 2008 5:00pm

Sen. George McGovern, D-SD — whose endorsement of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, you may recall we broke here on this blog  — seemed to indicate to the AP in a story that just hopped onto the wires that he thinks Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has a better chance of getting the Democratic presidential nomination than Clinton.

Why?

Because, said the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, "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…I wish that
weren’t true … I’d love to see Hillary as president."

McGovern says some men he’s spoken with say that a woman isn’t 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. "I think we’ve never had a woman so well qualified that’s on the national scene."

- jpt

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