Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was at a loss for words Thursday night after MSNBC’s Chris Matthews pressed her on the differences between Democrats and socialists.
“What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?” Mr. Matthews asked the Florida congresswoman.
“I used to think there is a big difference. What do you think it is?” he asked again after Ms. Wasserman Schultz laughed.
“The more important question is what is the difference between being a Democrat and being a Republican,” she responded.
“What’s the big difference between a Democrat and a socialist?” Mr. Matthews asked again. “You’re chairman of the Democratic Party. Tell me the difference between you and a socialist.”
Ms. Wasserman Schultz responded: “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. The difference between a Democrat and Republican is that Democrats fight to make sure that everybody has an opportunity to succeed and the Republicans are strangled by their right-wing extremists.”