On NBC’s “Meet the Press” today, anchor Chuck Todd asked former Secretary State Hillary Clinton about a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll in which 43 percent of likely Iowa Democratic caucus goers described themselves as “socialist” while only 38 percent described themselves as “capitalist.”
The survey, which interviewed 503 likely Democratic caucus goers and 500 likely Republican caucus goers from Jan. 7-10, asked: “I’m going to read some words and phrases that could describe some Iowa caucusgoers. For each, please tell me if this is a word or phrase you would use to describe yourself—just answer yes or no.”
Here is the exchange Todd and Clinton had about the result that indicated 43 percent of likely Democratic caucus goers described themselves as “socialist:”
Chuck Todd: “You know, another problem you may be having in Iowa is that you don’t ideologically fit. This was in the Des Moines Register poll this week: 43 percent of likely Democratic caucus goers identify as socialist. Only 38 percent of likely Democratic caucus goers identified themselves as a capitalist. You, in the last debate, said you were a capitalist. Bernie Sanders calls himself a Democratic socialist. If you don`t win Iowa, do you think that`s the reason?
Hillary Clinton: “Oh, I don’t know how people take all this information, but I support a free market economy. I support the competitiveness that has created the greatest economic engine in the history of the world. What I’m worried about is that it’s not continuing to do what it used to do, which is to give the vast majority of Americans the chance to get ahead and stay ahead.
"That`s why I’ve got a very vigorous jobs agenda; that’s why I put raising incomes at the center of my economic policy and I think what I know will work is to get back the good old-fashioned job opportunities that will help people get ahead through manufacturing, through infrastructure, through clean energy, through the kinds of plans that I’ve been putting out.
"And, look, when we have a Democrat in the White House -- a Democrat -- we do that better economically. We saw that when my husband was president, we`ve watched President Obama dig us out of the huge ditch that Republican policies put us into, so I’m very confident that I know what will work if we have the right commitment as a nation and that`s what I want to do as president.”