Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) . (Darren McCollester - GETTY IMAGES)

Retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) says in a new interview that President Obama was elected in part because of "guilt" that Americans felt -- and that that same kind of guilt won't benefit a female candidate for president.

“I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt," the one-time GOP presidential front-runner told columnist Cal Thomas.

Bachmann added: “People don’t hold guilt for a woman ... I don’t think there is a pent-up desire (for a woman president)."

Bachmann added that, while Obama was "new and different," Hillary Clinton won't have that same advantage if she runs for president again.

"Effectively, she would be Obama’s third and fourth term in office," Bachmann said.

Updated at 3:01 p.m.