Throughout her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton hasconsistently said that she supports raising the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour. But at the CNN Democratic debate on Thursday evening, she admitted to at least one circumstance in which she’d sign a $15 minimum wage into law.
Fairly early on in the debate, moderator Wolf Blitzer asked, “If a Democratic Congress put a $15 minimum wage bill on your desk, would you sign it?” Clinton replied, “Of course I would.”
The response was surprising — Clinton has in the past made it clear that while she’s generally supportive of workers agitating for a $15 minimum wage and approves of the wage on a city and statewide level, she drew the line at $12 for the federal wage.
Her rival Sen. Bernie Sanders made it clear that this was news, and implied that it was either a mistake or an act of expediency in response to being cornered by a particularly probing question from Blitzer.
“I am sure a lot of people are very surprised to learn that you supported raising the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour,” Sanders said.