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02/20/2014 12:13 pm ET Updated Feb 20, 2014

Michele Bachmann's Bad News For Hillary Clinton: People 'Aren't Ready' For A Female President

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) doesn't seem too concerned with what the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy means for the Republican Party in 2016.

In an interview last week in her Capitol Hill office, Bachmann told syndicated columnist Cal Thomas people “aren’t ready” for a female president.

“I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt," she said. “People don’t hold guilt for a woman."

She added that while voters elect women for virtually every other office, she doesn't think there is "a pent-up desire” for a woman president.

Bachmann, who was the Republican Party's only female candidate for president in 2012, did have some prescriptions for would-be Clinton challengers, should Clinton run.

“Two things that need to be done: Remind people [Clinton] is seeking to become Commander-in-Chief [and] how she has operated in the past with these types of responsibilities," Bachmann said. "She was in charge during the Benghazi debacle. If a person reads the Senate Intelligence [Committee] report and the House Foreign Affairs [Committee] report released [last] week, it is damning for Hillary Clinton.”

Bachmann is not running for reelection, after having served four terms in the House.

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