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Bernie Sanders vows to do ‘better job’ explaining democratic socialism

March 18, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernard Sanders promised in a new interview that he will do “a better job” explaining democratic socialism to the American people.

“I think what we have to do, and I will be doing it, is to do a better job maybe in explaining what we mean by socialism democratic socialism,” the Vermont senator told New Hampshire Public Radio in an interviewMonday. “Obviously, my right-wing colleagues here want to paint that as authoritarianism and communism and Venezuela, and that’s nonsense.

“What I mean by democratic socialism is that I want a vibrant democracy,” he told “Morning Edition” host Rachel Martin. “I find it interesting that people who criticize me are busy actively involved in voter suppression trying to keep people of color or low-income people from voting, because they don’t want a vibrant democracy. I do.”

Mr. Sanders went on to argue that left-wing proposals such as universal health care and universal income are not “utopian dreaming” but a feasible reality.

“In the wealthiest country in the history of the world we can provide a decent standard of living for all about people,” he said. “That’s just the reality. That’s not utopian dreaming; that is a reality. Health care for all can be done, and we can save money in doing it. We can have a minimum wage which is a living wage, and I’m delighted to see that, you know, right now, five states already passed $15 an hour minimum wage. The House of Representatives is gonna do it. We have got to do that.”