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MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews’ quest to find a Democrat to define the difference between a socialist and a Democrat continued on Tuesday when he asked Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to do so.

Matthews had previously asked DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton for a definition, without success, and Schumer proved equally as evasive on the question:

Matthews: What’s the difference between a socialist and a Democrat?

Schumer: Oh, it depends how you define each one, doesn’t it?

Matthews: Well, you do it.

Schumer: Well, I’m not going to get into it.

Matthews: Why not? …Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairman of the Democratic Party won’t answer my question. Hillary Rodham Clinton. You guys are well-schooled in political language and nomenclature. You’re quite capable of defining the difference between a socialist, self-described and a Democrat self-described. What is it?

Schumer responded by saying he had nothing bad to say about his socialist colleague, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), whose campaign is surging in Iowa and New Hampshire. Schumer added that Sanders is the real deal, though he never gave a definition nor talked about the difference between a socialist and a Democrat.

Matthews suggested that maybe the solution to the inability of Democrats to define this difference would be for the party to change their name to the Social Democratic Party, which didn’t go over to well with Schumer.

In the meantime, Matthews will keep searching for a Democrat to answer his question.

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  • Steven Barrett

    Let’s see now: How much of that left wing wacko socialist social security did Paul Ryan’s mother leave on the government’s table when she was tragically hit with the loss of her husband, the future House Speaker’s father upon his early death? None, and wisely so. What gives with AIM, Wasserman-Schultz and Hillary Clinton that they all seemed to have been affected by this sudden mid-winter’s form of mental flu concerning Social Security? There’s nothing so far removed from the essence of what makes a Democrat a real Democrat than affluence and power; and I’m talking about the big leagues of aflluence and power demonstrated by former Wall Street Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton (by way of carrying legal water pails for Walmart) and the present day distinguished Senator from Wall Street, Chuck Schumer.
    Ironically, both Schumer and Sanders were classmates from the same public high school in Brooklyn. At least Bernie had the sense to realize the shadows cast from Wall Street didn’t just reflect capitalism at its zenith. They were also covering something up as well and he wanted no part of it.

  • M. Black

    One of the most dangerous situations you could find yourself in is in between a news camera and chuckles schumer.