Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
Clinton, Sanders fighting over who’s bigger ‘socialist’
Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are fighting over who’s a bigger “socialist,” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said Thursday during a gathering of House and Senate Republicans.
At the annual GOP retreat, Scalise downplayed divisions within his own party, suggesting instead that fractures were more pronounced in the neck-and-neck Democratic primary race between Clinton, the former secretary of State, and Sanders, Vermont's Independent senator and a self-described socialist.
“Hillary Clinton still has a trust factor within her own party. She has not been able to close the deal on the Democratic side. In fact, Bernie Sanders seems to be gaining momentum,” Scalise told reporters during a news briefing at the retreat. “And nobody wants to talk about that — they want to talk about the Republican nominees.”
Whomever emerges from the crowded GOP presidential field to win the nomination will be able to “unite” Republicans and take back the White House, Scalise said.
That’s because Democrats “will be fighting over who is more socialist, Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton,” Scalise added. “And our country is not a socialist nation, and yet you see the [Democrats] — they’re going to produce somebody who is probably more aligned with socialist policy, and that’s not the direction of America.”