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Dem Senator Won’t Say America Should Never Be a Socialist Country

"Well, it is a society coming together to increase the standard of living of our seniors, and this is pretty much the definition..."

By NTK Staff | 02.07.2019 @10:12am

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) wouldn’t say that America should never be a socialist country during an interview on CNN on Wednesday.

CNN played a clip of President Trump saying that America would never be a socialist country during his State of the Union on Tuesday.

Then CNN’s Erin Burnett asked Merkley whether he agreed with Trump.

“You know, the president started out by saying he was going to be bipartisan, wanted to bring people together. But he just couldn’t restrain himself from going into campaign mode,” Merkley said.

Merkley then attacked former Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-WI), for proposing entitlement reforms during the last Congress.

“I call them programs earned and very smart programs for our seniors, and I support those,” Merkley added.

During the course of his answer, Merkley never addressed whether he agreed that America should never be a socialist country.

Burnett followed up by asking Merkley whether he saw those programs as socialism.

“Well, it is a society coming together to increase the standard of living of our seniors, and this is pretty much the definition, and the president’s attacking it,” Merkley responded.

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