Bachmann: Obama Was Elected Because Of White Guilt

Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R- Minn., speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., Saturday, March 16, 2013. It may seem early, but the diehard activists who attended the th... Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R- Minn., speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., Saturday, March 16, 2013. It may seem early, but the diehard activists who attended the three-day conference are already picking favorites in what could be a crowded Republican presidential primary in 2016.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) MORE LESS
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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) thinks part of the reason Barack Obama was elected president was “because of guilt” — a guilt that wouldn’t exist for a female presidential candidate.

“I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt,” Bachmann told conservative columnist Cal Thomas in comments flagged by the Huffington Post. “People don’t hold guilt for a woman.”

Bachmann added that she didn’t see a “pent-up desire” for a woman president. She ran for the GOP’s presidential nomination in 2012 and is not seeking re-election to the House in 2014.

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