Cotton: 'The Democrats have truly lost their mind'

Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonCotton warns China: Crackdown on Hong Kong would be 'grave miscalculation' Congress must address gender gap in nominations to military service academies GOP senators press Google on reports it developed a smart speaker with Huawei MORE (R-Ark.) said the Democratic presidential primary contenders have “lost their mind” with a slate of progressive policies.

“We are going into a highly consequential election. The Democrats have truly lost their mind,” Cotton said on John Catsimatidis’s radio show Sunday. 

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Cotton was responding to the presidential primary debates on Tuesday and Wednesday, in which the contenders discussed policies that included implementing health care systems that would eliminate private coverage, abolishing the death penalty and decriminalizing unauthorized border crossings. 

“This is truly … an election about whether America will be a socialist nation. I don’t think Americans want to be a socialist nation. But it will be incumbent upon all Americans to get out and make their voices heard in this election,” Cotton said.

Republicans have gotten to work labeling Democrats in the White House race and House and Senate contests across the country as socialists, banking that the moniker will turn off independent voters.

"I'm not buying the storyline of progressive versus moderate," Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) said during an interview on Fox News this week, weighing the dynamics of the Tuesday night debate in Detroit.

"I would remind you that the lesser of two socialists is still a socialist," he added. "Even from the less liberal candidates, I heard a job-killing, soul-crushing socialist agenda."