In what surely seemed to be deja vu all over again for Democrats, Hillary Clinton was asked by MSNBC host Chris Matthews about the difference between the ideology of a Democrat and socialist.
And the front-runner didn’t handle the question any better than DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was asked an almost identical question by Matthews in July.
“I want to try to help you tonight…locate yourself politically,” the “Hardball” host said to Clinton.
“What’s the difference between a socialist and a Democrat?” he asked, after noting that her main rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders, calls himself a socialist. “Is that a question you want to answer, or would you rather not?”
Wasserman Schultz did her best to dodge a similar question, trying to pivot to the GOP.
“The difference between—the real question is what’s the difference between being a Democrat and being a Republican,” Wasserman Schultz said at the time.
Here’s a transcript of the Hillary’s ensuing two-step Tuesday to avoid a direct answer, as provided by The Blaze:
“Well, see you’d have to ask—,” Clinton said before Matthews interjected.
“See, I’m asking you! You’re a Democrat. He’s a socialist. Do you like someone calling you a socialist? I wouldn’t like someone calling me a socialist,” Matthews said.
“Well, you see, I’m not one,” Clinton replied.
Matthews still wasn’t pleased with the answer.
“Well, what’s the difference between a socialist and a Democrat?” he asked. “That’s the question.”
“Well, I can tell you what I am,” Clinton said. “I am a progressive Democrat.”
“How’s that different than a socialist?” Matthews fired back.
Clinton didn’t answer, but only said she’s a Democrat who “likes to get things done.”
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