Alabama congressman claims House has 17 Socialists

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Rep. Spencer of Bachus of Vestavia Hills commented about socialists in Congress on Thursday in a speech in Trussville, a Birmingham suburb. He said he worries they may push President Barack Obama too far to the left.

Afterward, Bachus told The Birmingham News that 17 members of
the U.S. House are socialists. But he gave the name only of U.S.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent whose spokesman said Sanders identifies with the Democratic Socialist Party as it is in

Aides to Bachus haven't responded to messages Friday from The
Associated Press seeking an interview with the nine-term

Information compiled by AP from: The Birmingham News,

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