Ben Carson: 'I don't have any problem with raising the minimum wage'

Ben Carson: 'I don't have any problem with raising the minimum wage'
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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonTo end homelessness, follow the science Ben Carson attended indoor fundraiser where attendees didn't wear masks: report Building the Dream: We're in This Together MORE said he doesn’t have a problem with raising the minimum wage, but stopped short of offering a new guaranteed hourly rate. 

“I don’t have any problems with raising the minimum wage,” Carson said on “Axios on HBO” in an interview that aired Sunday.

Carson said the market should dictate the minimum wage, which currently stands at $7.25 an hour. 


He also said that the minimum wage should be indexed to allow for it to change as conditions do. 

“It needs to be indexed, then you don't keep having these arguments every 10 or 15 years,” Carson added.

When pressed on what the minimum wage should be, Carson said he’d leave it to the economists. 

“I would allow the economists to do the indexing of what it should be now compared to what it was when it was set at that level, based on what the expenses are now versus what they were then,” he said.

“I don't even want to offer a number because then it gets thrown out that Secretary Carson says the wage should be this,” he added. 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Trump's debate performance was too little, too late Final debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit MORE (I-Vt.), the leading Democratic presidential candidates, have both come out in support of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

The Democratic-controlled House approved legislation in July to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2025.