Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders blasted what he calls "casino capitalism" during Tuesday night's Democratic presidential primary debate as he stood inside a Las Vegas casino.

The Democratic hopeful, who polls second behind Hillary Clinton, was forced to defend his opposition to capitalism Tuesday when asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper how he would convince Americans to elect a socialist.

"What Democratic socialism is about is saying that it is immoral and wrong that the top 10th of the 1 percent in this country own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent," Sanders said.

"The question is really about electability here and that's what I'm trying to get at," Cooper responded, pressing the senator on whether describing himself as a "Democratic socialist" jeopardizes his chances of getting elected.

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