Election Time: Democrats Focus on the Minimum Wage
The Democratic party has a new angle for coming elections, and it’s a good thing — the messy Healthcare.gov roll out left a hefty hole where their previous publicity plans once were. The topic set to gain a lot of attention in the coming year is that of the minimum wage, with President Obama seeking a hike in the federal pay minimum and aiming to put the wage propositions on ballots in those states whose congressional elections are neck and neck — as per the New York Times.
According to the New York Times, recent polls have shown positive reactions from both parties for an increase in minimum wage. This could put the Democratic party in an interesting place, with members of the opposing team sympathizing with their goals, not to mention those purple states and individuals who could swing either way on voting day.
“It puts Republicans on the wrong side of an important value issue when it comes to fairness. You can make a very strong case that this will be a helpful issue for Democrats in 2014. But the goal here is to actually get it done. That’s why the president put it on the agenda,” said Dan Pfeiffer, senior adviser to President Barack Obama, to the New York Times.