Dem Rep. James Clyburn: South Carolinians ‘Leery About That Title Socialist’ (Video)

After Bernie Sanders’ thunderous victory in the Nevada caucuses, Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., said his state’s electorate could be uncomfortable with voting for someone who calls themself a socialist on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.

“I do believe it will be an extra burden for us to have to carry. This is South Carolina, and South Carolinians are pretty leery about that title socialist.”

Rep. James Clyburn said that if the Democrats nominate a socialist, it “would be a real burden for us in these states or congressional districts that we have to do well in.”

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“If you look at how well we did the last time, and look at the congressional districts, these were not liberal or what you might call progressive districts. These are basically moderate and conservative districts that we did well in, and in those districts, it’s going to be tough to hold onto these jobs if you have to make the case for accepting a self-proclaimed democratic socialist.”

“I’m going to honor this debate. I don’t want to distract from it all. On Wednesday morning, I will let my choice be known. I have been asked about it by too many people, and I think I would be dishonorable if I did not tell people exactly what I feel.”

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