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AFL-CIO Chief On Socialists and Democrats: ‘I Don’t Really Know What the Difference Is’

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | September 14, 2015 | 10:33 AM EDT

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told Hardball host Chris Matthews, "I don’t know what the difference is between a Democratic Socialist and a Democrat."

During an appearance on the MSNBC program last week, Trumka was asked by Matthews about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

"Nobody’s called him a Socialist - except Bernie Sanders calls himself one, you don’t think that’s important?" Matthews asked.

 "I don’t think people care," Trumka replied. "I don’t know what the difference is between a Democratic Socialist and a Democrat. I don’t really know what the difference is and I think most voters don’t care."

In late July, Matthews asked Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to explain the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist. Wasserman Schultz avoided answering the question.

Eric Scheiner
Eric Scheiner
Eric is the Senior Video Producer for CNSNews.com

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