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Socialist Bernie Sanders begins to lay out his potential presidential platform

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

Bernie Sanders doesn’t run away from the socialist label.

The independent Vermont senator recently declared he is considering a run for president, either as an independent or as a Democrat. He appeared on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” Friday night to explain what life in his socialist America would look like.

“What it means is that we have a lot to learn from democratic socialist governments that have existed in countries like Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, where all people have healthcare as a right,” Sanders explained when asked by O’Reilly what it means to be a socialist.  ”Where higher education is free. Where they have strong childcare program. Where they don’t have the massive type of income and wealth inequality that we have in the United States of America.”

In Sanders’ socialist America, the tax rate on America’s wealthy “will be more than it is right now,” though Sanders refused to specify exactly how much higher.

During the interview, Sanders also weighed in on his foreign policy outlook and what he would do on drug policy.

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