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Sanders: U.S. is now more ready for a democratic socialist president

Senator and presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, speaks while making a gesture during the Unity and Freedom Forum on immigration policy in Pasadena, California.
Sen. Bernie Sanders. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that the U.S. is more ready for a democratic socialist president than it was when he ran for the 2016 Democratic ticket.

Why it matters: Socialism is losing its Soviet-era stigma, a Harris poll for "Axios on HBO" shows. The poll found 4 in 10 Americans would prefer living in a socialist country over a capitalist one — and it's the preferred system of 55% of women age 18–54 surveyed.

Go deeper: Bernie Sanders on the issues, in under 500 words