State House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) wouldn't say whether or not he supports raising North Carolina's minimum wage in a Wednesday interview, but in 2010 he said he opposed it.
That's a much less equivocal response than what the Senate nominee gave on Wednesday to MSNBC's Chuck Todd.
Tillis on Tuesday won the GOP nomination to face Sen. Kay HaganKay Hagan10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 Senate Republicans are feeling the 'Trump effect' Washington's lobby firms riding high MORE (D-N.C.), setting up a top-priority race for both parties. Polls show a tight race.
In his first national media interview the next morning, Tillis repeatedly refused to say whether the state's minimum wage should be increased, though he reiterated that he opposed raising it on a national level.
"I believe that minimum wage decisions need to be made by the state. That Barack ObamaBarack ObamaObama: 'Stop to reflect' on Memorial Day John Bolton slams Obama’s ‘shameful apology tour’ Miss. governor to join lawsuit against Obama transgender policy MORE 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 with the people closest to the situation, and I think that's state legislators," he said.
The legislative leader then refused in a series of follow-up questions to say whether or not the state's minimum wage should be increased.
"I think that's a decision that the legislature needs to make with the businesses," he said. "We've got a president and Kay Hagan that want to create a minimum wage economy. What I want to do is create jobs that make minimum wage irrelevant."
North Carolina has a $7.25 an hour minimum wage, the same as the federal level.
Hagan's campaign has repeatedly attacked Tillis on the issue. Hagan supports an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10.