Breaking With GOP, Romney Backs Minimum Wage Hike

Source: Carrie Dann / NBC News


Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Friday that Republicans should drop their opposition to a minimum wage hike, joining two fellow former GOP presidential contenders in breaking with his party on the issue.

“I think we oughta raise it,” Romney said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “Because, frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay and I think communicating that is important to us.”

Romney , who reiterated that he’s not interested in another bid in 2016, was the third high-profile Republican in the past two weeks to say that resistance to a minimum wage increase is hurting the party’s brand. All three men are Republicans previously elected in states – Massachusetts, Minnesota and Pennsylvania – with heavy Democratic populations.

Former Minnesota governor and 2012 presidential contender Tim Pawlenty, now the CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, said last month that the GOP should back a “reasonable” increase in the wage.

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  • Bruce Terry

    Spoken like a true Liberal Progressive. Dummy, that is why you did not get elected. Conservatives will not vote for you!!!!! We already have Obama why would we vote for another liberal. I will stay home like other conservatives if you are the republican nominee.

    • samuel jackson lager

      Yes, you do that. HILLARY 2016!!!!!

  • Kenneth H Ransome jr

    Most sensible thing he said in the last 3 years…

  • samuel jackson lager

    I don’t know what Roms is up to, but don’t be fooled: he couldn’t care less about people who actually work for a living, especially those earning minimum wage. A man of his wealth and privileged background simply cannot relate to or understand the problems of poor working people.

  • Jill Colby

    He said raise it, he did not say raise it to $10.10 an hour. A reasonable increase to maybe $8.00 would make sense.