Politfact: Ben Carson Claim raising the minimum wage will increase joblessness is false

Carson can’t get his story straight:

During a back-and-forth with the moderators, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson urged caution on raising the minimum wage, saying, “People need to be educated on the minimum wage. Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases.”

We checked a similar claim by Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. In November 2014, Cardin made the opposite case, claiming that “every time we’ve increased the minimum wage, we’ve seen a growth in jobs.”

Ben Carson Reverses on Minimum Wage Increase

In the second Republican presidential debate in September, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson put some space between himself and the other GOP contenders by voicing support for exploring a higher federal minimum wage.

…When asked again about the minimum wage at the fourth Republican debate on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, Carson backpedaled out of the liberal territory he’d tiptoed into.

When asked explicitly if he would raise the minimum wage, Carson replied, “I would not raise it.”

Source: Republican Debate: Ben Carson Reverses on Minimum Wage Increase – Fortune

Poll: Iowa GOP voters OK with minimum wage increase

It would be interesting to see if the GOP candidates mention the minimum wage while they campaign in Iowa or New Hampshire. Any journalists out there checking that out?

New polling suggests supporting a minimum wage increase could be a winning strategy for Republican candidates.Less than 13 percent of likely Republican caucusgoers and primary voters oppose a federal minimum-wage increase in Iowa and New Hampshire — the states that kick off the presidential election process. And nearly two-thirds of likely general-election voters in key swing states said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports raising the minimum wage, polls say.