Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said he opposes raising the federal minimum wage on Friday, his second day as a presidential candidate.
“I’m not for it,” Perry said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“I think you address all of these issues, tax issues, the issues of regulations and let the economy grow. I want people to have good job[s] and I want people to have jobs,” he said.
Perry said he sides with people who say a minimum wage hike would push down the number of jobs available in the United States.
“We’ve already got 93 million people not working in this country. Why create more of a gap there by mandating a raise in the minimum wage?” he said.
Last year, Perry told CNN he didn’t think the government should be setting a minimum wage.
“I don’t think it’s government’s business to be setting the minimum wage out there,” he said at the time. “And even the [Congressional Budget Office] said if you want to get rid of a half a million jobs between now and 2016, raise the minimum wage.”
The current federal minimum wage is $7.25. Congressional Democrats and the White House have pushed for increasing it, most recently to $10.10.
Perry jumped into a crowded field of candidates Thursday, his second presidential campaign after a failed bid in 2012.