Getty Images

Here’s Why Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Mind Being Called A Socialist

The presidential hopeful sat down for a revealing interview on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

The 2016 presidential race is heating up, and Stephen Colbert is weighing in on the fray from his new post on "The Late Show." Friday night, Colbert invited Democratic presidential hopeful and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders onto the show to discuss his growing popularity -- and whether being called a socialist is such a bad thing after all.

Sanders explained that his vision of socialism entails health care and higher education for all, especially the working classes. He pointed to Scandinavian countries like Denmark as a model of how the system works elsewhere. Meanwhile, Colbert nearly lapsed back into his right-wing pundit persona from “The Colbert Report” as he asked Sanders why he wouldn’t take words like “liberal” and “socialist” as insulting.

Watch a clip of the interview below.

Sanders also weighed in on a few important issues like whether the band Van Halen was any good after David Lee Roth left and whether it’s okay to kiss on a first date.

Seems like a pretty reasonable guy!