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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Denies Claims That She Is A Socialist

| by Jared Keever

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., denied Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that she is a socialist.

According to the Daily Kos Warren was on hand to discuss her new book, “A Fighting Chance,” in which she makes arguments for many of the progressive causes she champions.

Her endorsement of those causes mean that many of her supporters think of her as a populist while others use a different adjective to describe her. 

The Huffington Post reports the show’s host, Bob Schieffer, asked Warren to comment on the distinction.

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"Your fans say you're a populist, but your critics say you're basically a socialist," Schieffer said.

"I just don't know where they get that," she replied. "You know, look at the issues. I mean really, let's take a look at minimum wage -- I just believe nobody should work full time and live in poverty. And you know what? Most of America agrees. Student loans: I don't think the U.S. government should be making tens of billions of dollars in profits off the backs of our students, which is what the current student loan system is doing. And I think most Americans agree with me on that.”

The exchange came just days after Warren backed a bill called the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act. A recent story from the Daily Caller says the bill would lower the amount of money college students are obligated to repay the federal government for their student loans, thus depriving the government of billions of dollars it is owed. Twenty-three Democratic senators have joined Warren in support of the bill.

Many believe Warren may be eyeing a shot at the White House in the 2016 presidential election and that her new book is a first step in that effort.  

That’s a claim Warren denied Sunday. She also said it is too early to endorse any of the other people who are presumed to be running, like Hillary Clinton. She said she is currently too focused on issues like the minimum wage and student loans to consider a run for president. 

Sources: Daily Kos, Huffington Post, Daily Caller