Santorum: GOP needs to support minimum wage

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said Republicans need to support a minimum wage so as to not alienate working-class voters.

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Santorum, who recently came out for increasing the national minimum wage, said he supported a smaller increase than the $10.10 an hour that President Obama has proposed. "More in the range of a dollar," he said, adding that Republicans can't be labeled as the party that always opposes raising it.

"I think it does," he told CNN's Candy Crowley when asked if he thought opposing a minimum wage hurt the party with blue-collar voters.

"You don't see too many Republicans arguing against a minimum wage. A few have, but I don't think too many do. So, if you're going to have a minimum wage, I think you just have to be reasonable about it and offer an alternative. In the past, Republicans have offered alternatives to minimum wage increases, and most of them are the ones that have been successful," he said.

Santorum said he's "looking at it" when asked about a 2016 presidential run.

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