Mitt Romney has had mixed feelings on this issue in the past. He was for raising the minimum wage while governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. However, in his 2012 presidential run, he stated that “there’s probably not a need to raise the minimum wage.”
But just one week after a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour failed, Romney is saying it’s a good thing once again. Why? In an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Romney stated, “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."
Romney also stated that he knows he parts company with other conservatives on this issue, but he's not the only one. Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum also favor some type of increase in the minimum wage. Rick Santorum is said to be considering another White House run in 2016.
So where do Americans stand on the issue of raising the minimum wage? Recent polls show that a strong majority of Americans supported the raise. But when a recent Congressional Budget Office report found that raising the minimum wage could boost 900,000 people out of official poverty but that 500,000 jobs could be lost in the process, another poll demonstrated that many Americans found it to be an unacceptable trade-off. Republicans remain divided on the issue, while most Democrats support the increase.
Does Mitt Romney’s change of heart on this issue mean that he may make yet another presidential bid? He says no. “I’m not running for president in 2016. I think our best prospects of getting back the White House are with someone who has not run twice before as I have.”