Mitt Romney, former Republican presidential nominee called for an increase in the federal minimum wage on Friday.
“I … part company with many of the conservatives of my party on the issue of the minimum wage,” he said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“I think we ought to raise it because, frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay, and I think communicating that is important to us,” he said.
Most Republicans oppose an increase in the wage as they believe it will cause businesses to cute low-wage worked to avoid the higher costs.
Romney believes that Republicans should show working-class Americans that the party’s policies are better for them than those of the Democrats.
“I also believe the key for our party is to be able to convince the people who are in the working population, particularly in the Hispanic community, that our party will help them get better jobs and better wages,” Romney said.
“Minority families have been the most hard-hit during these past five years,” he said.
Romney also announced that he would not be running for president again in 2016.
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