Rhett Lucero, 40, an auto body shop mechanic poses for a photo on April 24, 2019, in Pueblo, Colo. Republicans are warning that Democratic proposals aimed at providing universal health care and curbing greenhouse gas emissions show that Democrats want to turn the U.S. toward socialism. Lucero, says Democrats’ efforts to expand health coverage and curb global warming make sense. (AP Photo/Alan Fram)

Republicans call Dems socialists. Will 2020 voters buy it?

April 29, 2019 - 12:30 am

ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) — Republicans are trying to convince people that Democrats want to turn the U.S. toward socialism.

They cite Democratic proposals aimed at providing universal health care and curbing greenhouse gas emissions to make their case. But it's not an easy sell among moderate voters.

In Associated Press interviews with dozens of people in Colorado, it's clear that some harbor concerns about socialism, yet few volunteer it as a top-flight concern. Some think Republicans are trying to stir unease by raising the specter of the old, repressive Soviet Union and today's chaotic Venezuela.

The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has described his Republican Party as the "firewall that saves the country from socialism."

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