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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

"I'm a Democratic Socialist"

At The Washington Post, Chris Cillizza reports:

Here's an exchange from Bernie Sanders's appearance on "Meet the Press" on Sunday:


CHUCK TODD: Are you a capitalist? : No. I'm a Democratic Socialist.
And, in those five words, Sanders showed why — no matter how much energy there is for him on the liberal left — he isn't getting elected president.
Why? Because Democrat or Republican (or independent), capitalism remains a pretty popular concept — especially when compared to socialism. A 2011 Pew Research Center survey showed that 50 percent of people had a favorable view of capitalism, while 40 percent had an unfavorable one. Of socialism, just three in 10 had a positive opinion, while 61 percent saw it in a negative light.