Clinton Booed by New York Debate Crowd for Defense of Minimum Wage Position

• April 14, 2016 9:53 pm


The audience responded with disapproval when Hillary Clinton said that she was a long-time advocate of a $15 minimum wage at the CNN Democratic debate Thursday.

"I have said from the very beginning that I supported the fight for $15. I supported those on the front lines of the fight for – " Clinton said and raised her voice to block out growing boos from the audience.

"It happens to be true," Clinton said. "I supported the $15 effort in L.A. I supported it in Seattle. I supported it for the fast-food workers in New York."

In November, Hillary Clinton advocated for raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 an hour.

"I’m more comfortable saying let’s get to $12," Clinton said. At the time, rival Bernie Sanders was advocating for a $15 minimum wage. His position has remained unchanged.

In February, Clinton re-affirmed her commitment to a $12 minimum wage.

"As president, I will work to raise the federal minimum wage back to the highest level it’s ever been  —  $12 an hour in today’s dollars  —  and support state and local efforts to go even further," Clinton wrote in Medium.

Some have suggested that Clinton has shifted left on issues such as Wall Street reform and climate change due to the influence of self-described Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders.