Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWill the Horowitz report split the baby? Gabbard commemorates John Lennon's passing by singing 'Imagine' Bannon: Clinton waiting to enter 2020 race and 'save the Democratic Party from Michael Bloomberg' MORE said Thursday she would sign legislation creating a federal $15-an-hour minimum wage, seeming to conflict her stance that she supports a $12-an-hour federal minimum wage.

The comment during the Brooklyn Democratic presidential debate was quickly seized upon by Bernie SandersBernie SandersHow can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? Biden rallies with John Kerry in early primary states Buttigieg campaign says 2000 people attended Iowa rally MORE, who has introduced legislation to set a $15-an-hour minimum wage.


“I’m sure a lot of people are very surprised” to learn Clinton would support such a measure, he said. “I think the secretary has confused a lot of people,” Sanders said.

Clinton said during the debate that “of course I would” sign a bill raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour if Congress sent one to her desk while she was president.

After the candidates began talking over one another in a heated exchange, Clinton clarified that she has advocated for a $12-an-hour federal minimum wage but also supports efforts elsewhere, such as in big cities, in the fight for $15.

The former secretary of State mentoned efforts in Los Angeles and New York specifically, and said that she is taking a cue from Senate Democrats.

“Setting the goal to get to $12 is the way to go, and encouraging others to get to $15,” Clinton said.

“To suddenly announce now that you’re for $15, I don’t think is quite accurate,” Sanders shot back.