Varney: Sanders is Dems' 'intellectual, ideological, driving force'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOPINION | Shailene Woodley: US should run on renewable energy by 2050 Gore: Progressive ideas 'gaining ground' among Democrats The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (I-Vt.) has become the Democratic Party's driving force, Fox Business host Stuart Varney said Tuesday.

Appearing on "Fox & Friends," Varney said he'd seen a poll finding that 40 percent of people 30 years old or younger have a "favorable view of socialism."

"It's hard to say where it comes from, but suffice it to say that I think that Bernie Sanders is now the intellectual, ideological, driving force of the Democratic Party," said Varney, host of "Varney and Company" on Fox Business.

"His people have taken over the party."

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Asked the fact that Sanders is an Independent and not in the Democratic Party, Varney said: "No, he's a democratic socialist."

"And people are not worried about the use of the word socialist," Varney said.

"I mean, that's poison to someone like me. But to a young generation, it's not."

Varney said socialists want to make America "more like Europe."

"Cradle-to-grave security, forget about the military, attacks the rich and everybody can have everything that they ever really wanted for free," he said.

"It doesn't work. The European model is breaking down."