Harris: 'I am not a socialist'

While campaigning in Iowa, White House hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisFive House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet GOP senator: No indication of widespread voting irregularities, window for Trump challenges is 'closing' Biden pledges to work with mayors MORE (D-Calif.) outlined what she views as problems in our economic system but also noted that she was "not a socialist."

"In our America, people should only have to work one job to have a roof over their head and food on the table. Part of the reality is that wages are not keeping up with the cost of living," Harris said, according to a clip posted by NBC News.

"I'm not trying to upend and blow up systems. I'm not trying to start a revolution. I am not a socialist," she continued but added that "capitalism assumes that everyone is starting out on the same base and then people will compete and the best will rise. The majority of people aren't starting out on the same base, and we've got to lift people up and in particular working people."


The senator then touted her positions on issues such as rent relief and teacher pay. 

Her comments come as she has faced declining poll numbers in recent weeks. According to polling aggregate website RealClearPolitics, she averages 4 percent support nationally and 3.3 percent support in Iowa among the crowded Democratic field of candidates. 

Harris's Saturday remarks notably contrast with the rhetoric of progressive candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Biden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration In the final chapter of 2020, we must recommit to repairing our democracy MORE (I-Vt.), who describes himself as a Democratic socialist and has called for a political revolution. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus Biden to nominate Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary: report Bottom line MORE (D-Mass.), also in the running for the Democratic nomination, has described herself as a capitalist but echoes similar economic policies as the Vermont senator.