Trump, Carson, Rubio: Don’t raise the minimum wage

Liz Goodwin
Senior National Affairs Reporter

GOP frontrunners Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio agree on at least one thing: The minimum wage should not be raised. 

“Wages are too high,” Trump said, while explaining why he did not support hiking the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour. 

“We are a country that is being beaten on every front: economically, militarily. There is nothing that we do now to win. We don’t win anymore,” Trump said. 

The real estate mogul added that the country should dramatically lower its taxes but keep wages as they are to be more competitive economically with the rest of the world. The crowd applauded. Ben Carson quickly agreed when the question was tossed to him. 

“Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases,” Carson asserted, and said he was glad he was able to work low-paying jobs as a young man to gain experience. “I would not raise it,’ Carson said, to applause. 

Sen. Marco Rubio joined his two rivals, saying tax reform would be more effective than raising wages. 

“If I thought [raising the] minimum wage would be the best way to help increase their pay I would be all for for it, but it isn’t,” Rubio said of lower income people in the country. “It’s disaster if you raise the minimum wage. You make people more expensive than machines.”