Connor D. Wolf
Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson walked back his opposition to raising the minimum wage Wednesday, just a day after adamantly opposing it.
Candidates fielded questions on the minimum wage during the Republican debate Tuesday, and Carson was among those opposed to raising it. The next day he got a little mushy, noting he was still open to “talking” about it.
“As I’ve looked at the data and I’ve talked to people, I’m still very open to talking to people,” Carson said according to the Washington Examiner. “But it is very clear every time we raise the minimum wage we lose jobs.”
During the debate Carson made clear it wasn’t even worth considering, and Donald Trump and Marco Rubio echoed the sentiment.
“I would not raise it,” Carson said during the debate. “I would not raise it specifically because I’m interested in making sure that people are able to enter the job market and take advantage of opportunities.”
The $15 minimum wage has grown in popularity in recent years. The union-backed Fight for $15 has been at the forefront of the movement by using rallies and media campaigns. Prior to the debate, activists across the country participated in a nationwide protest.