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Mitt Romney all for raising minimum wage

This news story was published on May 10, 2014.
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Mitt Romney and his wife in Mason City earlier in 2012

Mitt Romney and his wife in Mason City earlier in 2012

NIT – Friday during a TV interview, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he thinks the minimum wage should be raised, a stark difference with other Republicans, most of whom oppose such a move.

During an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Romney said “I part company with many of the conservatives in my party on the issue of the minimum wage. I think we ought to raise it.”

Earlier this month, the US Senate voted against a minimum wage bill – sponsored by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, by a vote of 54 to 42 – that would have raised the federal minimum age to $10.10. The Congressional Budget Office had estimated the Democrats’ proposal would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers and concentrate 80 percent of the benefits on families above the poverty level, with $4 out of $5 earned from the increase going to workers in families who are above the poverty level.

“Our party is all about more jobs and better pay,” Romney said.  He said the Republican party needs to do more to reach out to black and Hispanic voters, and support of a minimum wage increase may do that.

Romney said he won’t run for president in 2016.


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2 Responses to Mitt Romney all for raising minimum wage

  1. BCN Reply Report comment

    May 11, 2014 at 6:41 am

    In 2002 Romney proposed tying the minimum wage to inflation when he ran for governor.

    In 2006, when he was Governor, he vetoed the minimum wage stating that he was against it because it would cost jobs when he was preparing to run for president.

    Now he’s again in favor of raising the minimum wage…

    Q: Why can’t Mitt Romney screw in a light bulb?
    A: Because he can’t decide which way to turn it.