Does Ben Carson Want to Raise the Minimum Wage?

Dr. Ben Carson
Dr. Ben Carson

In a CNBC interview, GOP presidential primary candidate Dr. Ben Carson appeared to part ways with many Republicans on the issue of the minimum wage.

The Washington Times reports:

“In several states you can get as much or more on government assistance as you can by working a minimum wage job,” Mr. Carson said in an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood. “I don’t necessarily blame people for saying, ‘I can stay home and I can make this money, or I can go and work this little chicken job that doesn’t have many benefits.’”

“However, recognize that if you go and take that chicken job, you gain skills, relationships, the possibility of moving up the ladder,” he said. “So a year or two or five down the road, you’re no longer in that position. This is what people have forgotten.”

Mr. Carson said the minimum wage should “probably” be higher than it is now.

Only time can tell if this interview will come back to haunt Dr. Carson as the GOP primary season starts heating up.