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Diane Mitsch Bush proclaims "I am not a socialist"

RNC Communications - September 12, 2018

After CD 3 Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush's embarrassing performance at Club 20 last weekend, Coloradans may have a better understanding why Jared Polis decided to skip tough questions on the Western Slope. 
 
In a moment reminiscent of Hillary Clinton's criticism of Bernie Sanders on single payer, Mitsch Bush was unable to say how high she would raise taxes to cover the staggering cost of government run healthcare:
 
 

SCOTT TIPTON: How much are you raising taxes to pay for [single payer], what's the number, what's the cost? 
 
DIANE MITSCH BUSH: I do not know what that number is.  ​

After bumbling her way through Rep. Tipton's single payer cross examination, Mitsch Bush delivered the Colorado Sun quote of the week in her closing remarks:
 
VIDEOMitsch Bush: "I am not a socialist!"
 

DIANE MITSCH BUSH: I am not a socialist. I grew up in Minnesota as a DFL'er, Democratic Farmer Labor. 

Beyond just embracing Bernie Sanders/Jared Polis single payer, Mitsch Bush has made several donations to the socialist publication In These Times. The magazine, founded by a former Communist, has made bizarre and outrageous claims for decades including accusing the U.S. military of committing acts of terror in response to 9/11:

"While Mitsch Bush may claim she is not a socialist, her checkered past donating socialist publications and willingness to support unspecified tax increases for socialized medicine is sure to leave Western Coloradans wondering." -Colorado RNC Spokesperson Kyle Kohli​


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