WV Senate Candidate John Raese: I “Absolutely” Want to Abolish Minimum Wage

By Gregory

Oct 12, 2010 4:36pm

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl reports: He relentlessly hammers Joe Manchin’s ties to President Obama, but the Republican candidate for Senate in West Virginia is also taking aim at the policies of another Democratic President:  Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  John Raese’s beef with FDR?  The minimum wage, first signed into law by FDR as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. “The minimum wage is something that FDR put in place a long time ago during the Great Depression,” Raese told ABC News Top Line.  “I don’t think it worked then. It didn’t solve any problems then and it hasn’t solved any problems in 50 years.” More Raese:  “The minimum wage is not something that you want to stay on as a permanent basis. For example, if you have a minimum wage job, you don’t stay there 20 or 30 years. You don’t put your children through college working on minimum wage. One of the best things I can say, when you get the government out of micromanaging the economy — you don’t want government to set price controls, you don’t want government to set wage controls. It’s an archaic system that frankly has not worked.” Asked if the federally mandated minimum wage should be abolished, Raese answered, “absolutely.” Raese has surged in recent weeks by relentlessly arguing that Manchin, who has been a popular governor, would be a “rubber stamp” for President Obama if he were elected to the Senate. Manchin is now touting his differences with President Obama — in one recent ad he actually fires a bullet at the President’s energy policy — but Raese is not buying it. “I always watch what people do and not what they say and we’re talking earlier about Senator Clarke Goodman, I always like to get that name correct. And since he’s been appointed by Joe, he’s done 100 percent of everything certainly President Obama wants,” Raese said. Senator Goodwin’s first name is actually “Carte” not “Clarke,” but he has consistently voted with the Democratic leadership since he was appointed by Governor Manchin to the Senate following the death of Senator Robert Byrd.  “Governor Manchin lines up right with President Obama,” Raese said.  “So if it looks like a duck, it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, 9 times out of 10, it’s a duck”

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