Romney: Raise Minimum Wage
He thinks Republicans should be big backers of idea
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2014 12:29 PM CDT
Mitt Romney thinks the nation need a higher minimum wage.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney not only disagrees with the Republican establishment on the need to raise the minimum wage, he thinks the GOP is hurting its own future by opposing the idea, reports the LA Times. "I part company with many of the conservatives in my party on the issue," he said on MSNBC's Morning Joe, as quoted by USA Today. "I think we ought to raise it." Romney said the party risks losing even more ground with black and Hispanic voters. "Our party is all about more jobs and better pay, and I think communicating that is important to us," he said.

Senate Republicans recently shot down legislation that would have raised the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, agreeing with business leaders that the move would hurt companies and actually reduce the number of jobs available in the long run. Romney disagrees, though as a presidential candidate, he said he didn't see the need for such an increase. On that note, he reiterated today that "I'm not running for president in 2016." (Click to read about Seattle's plans to institute a $15 minimum wage.)

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May 12, 2014 10:49 AM CDT
18% is only for large parties(8 or more) which does not happen often. Even with good service sometimes she gets little or no tip. I'm sure you are the kind of person who leaves crappy tips either way. This is not Progressive liberalism. It's just called getting paid a decent wage for hard work. I guess if that is liberalism than I'm all for it.
May 11, 2014 1:52 PM CDT
Raising the MW is not the end of the world people. Example. My daughter works for a big chain restaurant. In Texas she made 2.13 and hour plus tips. She transfered to another state where they pay a minimum of 9 dollars an hour plus tips. Thats almost 7 more dollar an hour and yet the restaurant charges the same price for their food in both locations? The thing is they still make plenty of profit even with the increased wages. People act like it will drive everyone out of business.
May 11, 2014 10:51 AM CDT
THIS WILL ALL HAPPEN.... when the DUMOCRATS LOSE & the REP WIN BIG on NOV 4, 2014 &.the REP will 1-GROW the economy & create good-paying AMERICAN jobs!! 2-GET to repeal OBAMACARE & replace it with reforms that truly LOWER COSTS!!! 3-BALANCE the budget IN 10 YEARS,reduce debt & ease TAXES in the middle-class!! 4-PROTECT social security & medicare for current & future retirees!!! 5-STRENGTHEN the military, honor our vets & restore RESPECT FOR AMERICA!!! 6-FIGHT for our individual freedoms & defend the CONSTITUTION!! 7-SECURE our borders,oppose blanket amnesty & in-state tuition for those here ILLEGALLY & secure our borders first as part of any plan to fix the immigration system!!! 8- PROMOTE a culture of life & support notification for minors & a ban on late-term abortions & oppose taxpayers $$$$ to fund abortions.!!! 9-Then in Nov. 08, 2016 Gov. Christie will be prez!!!! and everything will be AOK in the USA on Jan 20, 2017!! THERE YA GO!!