Warren says it's 'just wrong' to call her a socialist

Warren says it's 'just wrong' to call her a socialist
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE (D-Mass.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that it's "wrong" to call her a socialist as Republican critics seek to use the label against her and other progressive Democrats running for president.

"I believe in markets. Markets that work," Warren told CBS News correspondent Ed O'Keefe in an interview that aired on "Face the Nation."

"Markets that have a cop on the beat and have real rules and everybody follows them," she continued. "I believe in a level playing field. And as long as we've got that then we will get the best out of markets because it means the people who come up with great ideas, who work hard are the ones who will prosper, not simply those who were born into wealth."

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"So if you get labeled as a socialist?" O'Keefe asked.

"Well, it's just wrong," Warren responded.

Republicans have attempted to portray progressive Democrats as in favor of socialist policies as the party's left wing pushes policies like the Green New Deal, "Medicare for all" and increased tax rates on wealthier Americans.

Warren similarly tamped down ties between her and the label of Democratic Socialism during a panel discussion at the South by Southwest festival in Texas on Saturday.

CNN reported that Warren distanced herself from Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE (I-Vt.), telling the panel that the Vermont senator would have to speak to what Democratic Socialism means.

"I am not," she said. "And the centrists have to speak to whatever they are doing. What I can speak is to is how I am doing."

Warren, whose platform with a focus on wealth inequality has drawn comparisons to Sanders's, made headlines last week when she called for breaking up Silicon Valley's largest companies, saying that the tech giants have gained "too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy."