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    Romney Backs Minimum Wage Hike

    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.

    “For all the Republicans who come on and talk about, ‘we’re for the blue-collar worker, we’re for the working person,’ there are some basic things that we should be for,” he said. “One of them is reasonable increases from time to time in the minimum wage.” (He later clarified that he does not support the version of such legislation being pushed by the White House and Senate Democrats because it goes “too far and too fast.”)

    And earlier this week, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum – a past and perhaps future presidential hopeful – said the GOP stance on the issue “makes no sense.”

    “Let’s not make this argument that we’re for the blue-collar guy but we’re against any minimum wage increase ever,” he said on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown.

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    The new political trend memo for all douchebags: "We need to raise the minimum wage!!!!!!" Such a lowest common denominator argument.. Nobody talking about this seems to even understand at least a little about the actual economics behind such a move.. Enough to make one's head explode.
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    They just don't get it, all other arguments aside, unless you work for a company where all hourly wages are tied to minimum wage, the only people getting a raise are those currently making minimum wage. Blue collar workers are not McDonalds employees...maybe laborers but that's about it and most of them are illegal. Not that that matters apparently.

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    If only politicians cared about highly skilled laborers/entrepreneurs as much as they do with the bottom of the barrel in the workforce.

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    Ronmey: ''do something, even if its wrong''...

    he's a lost cause, but i'm sure the RNC will prop him up.

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    Because, frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay and I think communicating that is important to us.”
    Romney is trying to confuse the issue. It is very clear that increasing the min. wage isn't at all anything about more jobs! Romney is lying so strongly, I'm surprised his old bones can take it.
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    Yeah, why should he care?! It won't hurt him any.

    It will only hurt those who they pretend to help.

    Anyone else thinking this is all about setting up Rand? Trying to paint him as too extreme? "Hey, look at all the Republicans that want to give unskilled people more money... Rand is just a meany."
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    He also named like 8 people he thinks can win the nomination in 2016.

    None of them was named Rand Paul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feeding the Abscess View Post
    He also named like 8 people he thinks can win the nomination in 2016.

    None of them was named Rand Paul.
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