Hillary Clinton would likely become president if the election were held tomorrow, Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Meghan McCain says her father regrets opposition to MLK Day MORE (R-Ariz.) said Thursday night. 

McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, brushed back the assertion from Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannPawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota US ambassador repeated debunked claim that Abedin has 'egregious' ties to Muslim Brotherhood Bachmann considering running for Franken's seat MORE (R-Minn.) that the United States is not ready for a female president. 

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“Right now, if the election were tomorrow, Hillary Clinton would most likely be the president of United States,” he said on CNN, adding that campaigns are always a factor. 

Clinton is seen as a likely candidate for president in 2016 and has dominated the field of Democratic primary candidates and potential Republican opponents in early polling. 

McCain made the prediction “as much as I hate to admit it,” quickly adding that he would not vote for her. He said there has been an explosion of female governors and females in Congress in recent years.   

“When you look at the growth of women in the Senate, I believe now 20 of them — just a handful a few years ago,” he said. 

He added: “So I just have very different reading of the American political scene.”

Twenty women are members of the Senate, while 78 hold seats in the House of Representatives. Currently, there are five female governors. 

While the majority of females in Congress are Democrats, all but one female governor is Republican. 

Bachmann made her comments last week, maintaining there is not a “pent-up desire” for a female president even though there are many other female elected officials. 

 “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.”