Romney calls for minimum-wage increase

Did Romney try and claim he was a conservative? He might as well go change his party registration today.
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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Friday called for an increase in the federal minimum wage, splitting with party leaders and some top business groups on what’s expected to a major issue in this year’s midterm elections.

“I … part company with many of the conservatives of my party on the issue of the minimum wage,” he said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“I think we ought to raise it because, frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay, and I think communicating that is important to us,” he said.

President Obama and congressional Democrats have been pushing to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, from $7.25, to help low-income workers and reduce income inequality.

But most Republicans, along with groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Retail Federation, oppose such an increase. They argue it would hurt low-wage workers because businesses would be forced to cut jobs to avoid the higher costs.



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