Harris: 'I am not a socialist'

While campaigning in Iowa, White House hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Harris Harris speaks with Netanyahu amid ICC probe Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill Why is Joe Biden dodging the public and the press? 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 SandersABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent Ron Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor GOP pulling out all the stops to delay COVID-19 package MORE (I-Vt.), who describes himself as a Democratic socialist and has called for a political revolution. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPhilly city council calls on Biden to 'cancel all student loan debt' in first 100 days Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case Senators question Bezos, Amazon about cameras placed in delivery vans 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.