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Vermont Dem Candidate Says Healthcare for All Is Not Socialism, But ‘I’m Not Sure What Socialism Is’

Vermont Democratic candidate, Christine Hallquist, who made history last night for being the first transgender person to win the nomination for governor in a major party, said she does not like labels and asked how things like healthcare for all became labeled as socialist.

While being interviewed by CNN, Hallquist was asked if she was surprised that a majority of Democrats viewed socialism more favorably than capitalism.

“I’m a person that’s big on labels because I found labels are used to separate people,” Hallquist replied. “You know, I look at the platform of a living wage and healthcare for all, that’s called civilized society.

“I don’t even know how that became socialism, or Republican, or Democrat. Let’s be a civilized society,” she added.

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“Do you support capitalism?” CNN’s John Berman asked.

Hallquist answered by criticizing the measurement of economic success by gross domestic product because that encourages consumption, “and we can see what consumption is doing to our world.”

When Berman pointed out that it sounded like she does support socialism, Hallquist made a confession: “Well, yes, and I’m not sure I even know what socialism is. So, I just don’t have the background to answer that question.”

Among healthcare for all and a livable wage, Hallquist is campaigning on public eduction from pre-school to college for all students in the state.

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