Hillary Can't - or Won't - Explain Difference Between Democrat and Socialist

"Is that a question you want to answer or would you rather not?”

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night was unable - or unwilling - to explain the difference between Democrats and socialists.

“Uh, you’d have to ask… I am not one,” Clinton said after Hardball host Chris Matthews asked the Democrat frontrunner whether or not she identified as a socialist.

Before Clinton could even muster the words, Matthews threw her a life preserver, saying, “I’d say you’re a pretty typical Democrat…but is that a question you want to answer or would you rather not?”

“I can tell you what I am,” Clinton evaded. “I’m a progressive Democrat."

"How is that different from a socialist?" Matthews pressed.

"I’m a progressive Democrat," she said again, "who likes to get things done, and who believes that we are better off in this country when we’re trying to solve problems together, getting people to work together. There will always be strong feelings and I respect that, from the far right, the far left, the libertarians, whoever it might be. We’ve got to get people working together, we’ve got to get the economy fixed, we’ve got to get all our problems really tackled.”

Even Matthews seemed dissatisfied with Clinton's weak response. Only in 2015 would a presidential frontrunner not leap at the chance to clarify that he or she is not a socialist .