A self-described democratic socialist candidate running in Washington State's 9th Congressional district spoke about her support for government-funded health care, abolition of ICE, and how she is modeling her campaign after New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx).

Sarah Smith, 30, is taking on 11-term incumbent Democrat Rep. Adam Smith and Republican challenger Doug Basler in the state's "jungle primary" system.

The top two performers in the upcoming primary will face each other in the election -- irregardless of party affiliation in the heavily Democratic district in eastern Seattle and Tacoma.

Bill Hemmer thanked Smith for appearing on "The Story," adding that invitations to Ocasio-Cortez have thus far gone unheeded.

He asked Smith about the cost of her political platform, noting that it will cost trillions of dollars to fund healthcare for all.

Smith claimed the current health care system costs taxpayers $47 trillion and that single-payer would cost $33 trillion, but did not source the figures.

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"[It] really saves the taxpayers a lot of money," Smith said of her plan.

She said that she supports fellow socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and a plan for a "speculative Wall Street tax" that would charge two-tenths of a percent on every dollar traded on the market.

She said the billions that would raise in government revenue should be earmarked to education.

When asked about the other costs of her plans, Smith responded that not many people question the cost of wars in places like Iraq.

Hemmer asked why she believed the federal government can do a "better job of taking care of people than people can on their own."

"That's the point of government," she said, adding that government should allow people to "self-determine" their future by providing basic needs.

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