Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea 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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration Poll: Sanders, Biden seen as most popular second choices in Dem primary 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.