The Democratic nominee for Vermont governor on Wednesday admitted, “I’m not sure I even know what socialism is.”

Christine Hallquist -- who defeated three other Vermont Democrats in Tuesday’s primary to become the first transgender candidate to win a major political party’s nomination for governor -- made the statement during an interview on CNN's "New Day."

Hallquist supports "Medicare for all" and raising the minimum wage, and her candidacy was backed by the same progressive group that supported Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Despite that, Hallquist has declined to embrace the socialist label.


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During Wednesday's interview, host John Berman pointed to a new Gallup poll that found that Democrats view socialism more favorably that capitalism.

"I'm not a person that's big on labels because I found labels are used to separate people," Hallquist said. "You know, I look at the platform of a living wage and health care for all, that's called civilized society. I don't know even how that became socialism or Republican or Democrat. Let's be a civilized society."

When Berman said it appears that Hallquist is more supportive of the ideas behind socialism than capitalism, she replied, "I'm not sure I even know what socialism is. So I just don't have the background to answer that question."


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