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John Hickenlooper rebuts Bernie Sanders: Dems must say 'loudly and clearly' we are not socialists


Added 06-13-19 09:22:07am EST - “Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday is rejecting Sen. Bernard Sanders' push to embrace "democratic socialism" for the country, as Mr. Hickenlooper tries to stake a claim to a more moderate lane among the 2020 Democratic…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “John Hickenlooper rebuts Bernie Sanders: Dems must say ‘loudly and clearly’ we are not socialists”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday is rejecting Sen. Bernard Sanders‘ push to embrace “democratic socialism” for the country, as Mr. Hickenlooper tries to stake a claim to a more moderate lane among the 2020 Democratic presidential field.

In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Mr. Hickenlooper plans to say that he has great respect for Mr. Sanders of Vermont, but that he disagrees that the country should do away with “democratic, regulated capitalism.”

“This position is shared by many of my Democratic colleagues, but for some reason, our party has been hesitant to express their opposition to democratic socialism,” Mr. Hickenlooper says, in excerpts of prepared remarks.

“Democrats must say loudly and clearly that we are not socialists. If we do not, we will end up reelecting the worst president in our country’s history,” he says.

Mr. Hickenlooper said that “pragmatists” don’t reject big ideas and that government is effective when it teams up with the private sector, pointing to examples like the polio vaccine and the space race.

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