Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Michele Bachmann: Review minimum wage - Alexander Burns - POLITICO.com

Michele Bachmann: Review minimum wage - Alexander Burns - POLITICO.com

Michele Bachmann left the door open to cutting the minimum wage in an interview Tuesday morning, telling ABC's "Good Morning America" that "all regulations" should be subject to review — and elimination.

George Stephanopoulos asked Bachmann to back up a proposal she floated in 2005, when she said taking "away the minimum wage ... could potentially wipe out unemployment because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level."

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Bachmann didn't exactly defend that idea, but she didn't back away from it either, telling Stephanopoulos: "What I'm saying is that I think we need to look at all regulations. Whatever ones are inhibiting job growth."

Asked if "the minimum wage is one of them," Bachmann was noncommittal, repeating that "all regulations" ought to be on the chopping block.

Bachmann's minimum wage remarks are only the beginning of a massive quote file from her time in Congress and the Minnesota legislature. And the stronger she looks in the GOP primaries, the harder it will be for Bachmann to keep sidestepping questions about controversial statements like this one.

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