As Democrats prepare to push legislation increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, Republican strategists are split on the merits of the hike.
Some Republicans, like Republican National Committee member Henry Barbour, believe that opposing it hurts the party’s efforts to improve its image outside of its traditional base of support.
“As Republicans, in my opinion, we shouldn’t just stiff arm that because there are legitimate needs of working people,” said Barbour of Mississippi. “You’ve got single moms who are trying to pay for two kids and make the rent and pay for groceries and medical bills. If she’s working for $8.00 an hour and she’s got two different jobs, we’ve got to be very sensitized to the worker in America and their needs.”