DNC Chair Still Unable To Explain Difference Between Her Party, Socialists

‘The important difference,’ Rep. Wasserman Schultz said, is the difference between her party and Republicans

TODD: “Now, you were on with one of our panelists this week, you were on with Chris Matthews, and he asked you a question about Bernie Sanders. Let me play you the clip and then get you to respond on the other side.”

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MATTHEWS: “What is the difference between the Democrat and a socialist? I used to think there was a big difference, but what do you think it is?”

SCHULTZ: “The difference between –“

MATTHEWS: “-- between a Democrat like Hillary Clinton and a socialist like Bernie Sanders.”

SCHULTZ: “The more important point is what's the difference between being a Democrat and being a Republican.”

MATTHEWS: “But what's the big difference between a Democrat and a socialist. You're chairman of the Democrat party. Tell me the difference between you and a socialist.”

SCHULTZ: “The relevant debate that we'll be having over the course of this campaign is what's the difference between a Democrat and a Republican –“

MATTHEWS: “I think there's a big difference. I think there's –“

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TODD: “Given that Bernie Sanders is an unabashed socialist, and believes in social Democratic governments, likes the ones in Europe, what is the difference? Can you explain the difference?”

SCHULTZ: “You know, Chuck, it's always fun to be interviewed by Chris Matthews. And I know that he enjoys that banter. The important distinction that I think we're going to be discussing, and I'm confident we'll be discussing in this campaign is the difference between Democrats and Republicans. The difference between Democrats and Republicans is that Democrats want to make sure that people have an opportunity to climb the ladders of success and reach the middle class, have a good education, have a secure retirement. Look at the Republican field. What they stand for is the extremism that you've seen on full display over the last few weeks which is why Donald Trump is their frontrunner. I mean, Donald Trump is essentially a reflection of where the Republican Party is today, limiting a woman's right to make her own healthcare decisions, you know, supporting, so shifting to a more privately-focused education system, ending Medicare as we know it. That's the important and relevant contrast as we go through the next 18 months of this presidential election.”

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