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GOP Candidate Tillis: Raising Minimum Wage a ‘Defeatist Mentality’

Thom Tillis cleared the 40% threshold in the GOP’s North Carolina Senate primary last night to become the party’s nominee against embattled incumbent Kay Hagan. On Wednesday morning, he appeared on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown, where host Chuck Todd questioned him about raising the minimum wage, something fellow GOPers like Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty have bandied about in recent days.

“I believe that minimum wage decisions need to be made by the state,” Tillis said. “That Barack Obama and Kay Hagan think that the minimum wage needs to be the same in the mountains of North Carolina and the city of Boston makes no sense to me. It’s a decision that needs to be made by the people closest to the situation. I think that’s state legislatures.”

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Todd asked if the wage needed to be raised in North Carolina. When Tillis said that was a decision that should be made by the state legislature, Todd reminded him that he is, currently, Speaker of the House. When Tillis deflected again, Todd point-blank accused him of not answering the question.

Tillis brought up North Carolina’s job growth rate under his tenure. “Instead of focusing on this defeatist mentality, where we’ve gotta up the minimum wage, why don’t we focus on better-paying jobs?” he asked.

Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:

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