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Podcast Host Asks Warren Why She Calls Herself a Capitalist

With the rise of self-described democratic socialists like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and with President Trump fanning the flames, Democrats are in the hot seat on the topic of socialism.

By NTK Staff | 02.21.2019 @9:36am
Podcast Host Asks Warren Why She Calls Herself a Capitalist

With Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) entrance into the presidential primary field this week, all Democrats will again find themselves in the hot seat on the topic of socialism. As a self-described democratic socialist, Sanders has been remarkably successful at moving the Democratic Party further and further to the left in a few short years.

Sanders’ Medicare For All health care plan gained near-mainstream acceptance within the party, particularly among Democrats seeking the presidential nomination in 2020. His ideological counterpart, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) who also identifies as socialist, introduced the Green New Deal earlier this week to similar results.

The specter of Sanders is putting other Democrats to the test. Earlier this week, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) was forced to tell reporters in New Hampshire, “I am not a democratic socialist.” Still, the California Democrat struggled when pressed to explain how Medicare For All is not a socialist program.

That same question was put to the candidate that many consider to be the most similar to Sanders, ideologically speaking, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). During a taping of the “Pod Save America” podcast, host Tommy Vietor asked Warren why she describes herself as a capitalist rather than a socialist. Her response:

“I see the value of markets and that they can produce a lot of good if they have rules. But let us all be clear: Markets without rules are theft and I am opposed to theft. There is a reason that the folks on Wall Street, the big CEOs, don’t want me to even be in the Senate. … Because I get how the system works and how it can work when it works right. And how these are the guys who are ripping it off and make it not work.”

Warren is going to inevitably struggle to peel off voters from Sanders, who is better known and better liked. Meanwhile, President Trump is going to continue to beat the socialism drum in the hopes of exposing the entire Democratic field as too far outside of the mainstream.

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