Pawlenty: Minimum Wage Increase Could Help GOP in 2016
Former Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) has some advice for the GOP. The past presidential candidate recently made waves for saying that Republicans should support an increase to the minimum wage.
Today on The Real Story, Pawlenty told Gretchen Carlson, “If we’re going to have a minimum wage, we should periodically and reasonably increase it. I don’t support Harry Reid’s proposal, but there’s a way to do it, Gretchen, that’s a win-win.”
If increased a reasonable amount, he said that the potential job loss could be made up for by also approving the Keystone pipeline. An additional bonus, Pawlenty said, would be the message it sends that Republicans support working class Americans.
“It helps to have both messengers and messages that relate to people who are working not in the high-end of the income spectrum, but are working […] paycheck to paycheck. And it helps to have messengers who lived that life, maybe walked on that path a little bit so that when they deliver that message, they connect at a heart and gut level,” he said.
Looking ahead to the 2016 presidential election, Pawlenty said the race is wide open. He said Hillary Clinton would be a formidable candidate for Republicans to beat. He added that the GOP candidate needs to be able to attract groups that typically don’t polls well for Republicans, including support from women, minority groups, blue collar and younger voters.