Sanders: ‘I’m a Democratic Socialist’


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has always been proud to be the longest serving independent in the Senate but he got defensive when asked where he stands on the political spectrum now that he is a presidential candidate.

Meet the Press host Chuck Todd mentioned Sanders joking that if he was a true socialist that everyone would be wearing the same color pajamas.

"Especially you. I have a pair of pajamas just for you," Sanders said to Todd.

Todd mentioned that Sanders has begun to push back from saying that he is a socialist and has begun to identify himself as a progressive. Sanders pushed back at the comment.

"Look, when one of your Republican colleagues gets on the show, you don't ask them if they are a capitalist. Have you ever referred to anyone as a capitalist?" Sanders said.

Todd turned the question back on Sanders and asked if he was a capitalist. Sanders immediately responded "no."

"I am Democratic socalist but what I mean is I have been elected as an independent throughout my politcal career. I am running now in the Democratic nomination process and I hope to win," Sanders said.

Sanders added that if he did not win that he would support the Democratic party nominee. Sanders said he does not have a short list for who he would want as his vice president.

Alyssa Canobbio   Email | Full Bio | RSS
Alyssa Canobbio is the War Room Director for the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon, she worked as a Communications Associate for Americans for Tax Reform. Alyssa is originally from New Jersey and lives in Arlington, Virginia. In her free time she enjoys sailing, craft beer, and watching the Steelers and the Phillies. Her Twitter handle is @AlyssaEinDC. She can be reached at

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