Marco Rubio: ‘I don’t think a minimum wage law works’

February 13, 2013

In his response to the State of the Union on Tuesday night, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) laid out his own vision, not a direct rebuttal of President Obama's proposals. But on CBS Wednesday morning he came out against Obama's push to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour

"I support people making more than $9. I want people to make as much as they can. I don't think a minimum wage law works," Rubio told Charlie Rose. "We all support -- I certainly do -- having more taxpayers, meaning more people who are employed. And I want people to make a lot more than $9 -- $9 is not enough. The problem is you can't do that by mandating it in the minimum wage laws. Minimum wage laws have never worked in terms of having the middle class attain more prosperity." What works, he said, is helping the private sector grow.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) later concurred, telling reporters, "When you raise the price of employement, guess what happens? You get less of it."

Less seriously, Rubio explained to CBS why he reached for water during Tuesday night's speech. "When you talk a lot it happens," he said. "It had been a long day of work, had already taped an 18-minute speech in Spanish, so I'm just glad the water was nearby. I don't know what I would have done without it."

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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Rachel Weiner · February 13, 2013