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Arizona Sen. John McCain says that, while she wouldn't be his choice, if the 2016 presidential election were held tomorrow, Hillary Clinton would "most likely" win.

Appearing on CNN Thursday night, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee was asked by Piers Morgan about former Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann's comments that she believed a number of Americans weren't ready for a woman president.

"Right now, if the election were tomorrow, Hillary Clinton would most likely be the president of the United States," McCain said. He added, though, that "she wouldn't be my candidate." Polls have shown the former secretary of State would be the front-runner should she decide to seek the Democratic nomination in 2016. Clinton, of course, lost a tight battle for the nomination to Barack Obama in 2008.

Regarding Bachmann, a Republican who ran for president in 2012, McCain said of her remarks that "it's a free country" but adding later he has "a very different reading of the American political scene."

McCain, though, wasn't ready to concede the election to Clinton.

"This is why we have campaigns," he said.

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