“There are no problems with state minimum wages,” Bush said during his first extended stay in the state that hosts the first Southern primary in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
As governor, Bush objected a proposal in 2004 that was approved by voters in Florida who linked the state minimum increases with inflation. When questioned about the minimum wage on Tuesday for a couple of presentations, said he wants to abolish the existing federal minimum of $ 7.25 an hour, but that opposes lifting.
Democrats generally favor the increase, while many Republicans are against.
“We are coming into a world where it is more difficult for poor people to ascend, and where the rich do very well, and the middle class are oppressed,” he said during his first stop of the day in Greenville.
“I will oppose any idea perpetuated and I think the minimum wage is one of those things,” he said.
According to AnastsiaDate, Bush has not yet declared his formal intent to run for president in 2016, but flirted with the idea during his speech at breakfast the chamber of commerce, where attendees that “I see a lot,” he said.
The primary election in South Carolina could generate more than 600,000 voters, far exceeding participation in Iowa and New Hampshire. Bush said that South Carolina will have a huge role as the “first big state primary elections.”