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Sen. Elizabeth Warren: ‘Just wrong’ to label me a socialist

March 10, 2019

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren says it would be “just wrong” to label her a socialist and she believes in “markets that work.”

“I believe in markets. Markets that work. Markets that have a cop on the beat and have real rules and everybody follows them,” Ms. Warren, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said in an interview for CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

She said she believes in a “level playing field.”

“And as long as we’ve got that then we will get the best out of markets because it means the people who come up with great ideas, who work hard are the ones who will prosper, not simply those who were born into wealth,” she said.

Ms. Warren and some of her rivals for the Democratic nomination have been asked whether they would describe themselves as capitalists in light of Sen. Bernard Sanders’ recent announcement that he would again seek to become the Democrats’ nominee in 2020.

Mr. Sanders, Vermont independent, is a self-described “democratic socialist.”

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, another 2020 presidential candidate, said on “Face the Nation” that he’s “happy to say I’m a capitalist.”

“But I think at a certain point, labels do nothing but divide us and what I’m trying to build this campaign around is to say that as a country, we’ve got to stop finding every excuse to divide ourselves and begin working together,” Mr. Hickenlooper said.

In an interview with MSNBC last week, Mr. Hickenlooper didn’t answer directly when he was asked multiple times whether he considers himself a capitalist.

That interview prompted a response from former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who is weighing an independent bid for the White House.

“If even a successful businessman and entrepreneur like Governor Hickenlooper can’t openly support capitalism in the Democratic primary, it’s clear this is Senator Sanders’ party now,” Mr. Schultz said on Twitter.