Carly Fiorina didn't want to give a speech on Monday when she took the stage at the Des Moines Register soapbox at the Iowa State Fair. Instead, she proceeded quickly to the question-and-answer portion, fielding questions on everything from abortion ("Planned Parenthood must be defunded") to U.S. energy production ("a single nation acting alone will make no difference at all" on climate change).
The first question Fiorina fielded was about the minimum wage, and how she thinks raising the wage would affect the U.S. economy. Fiorina, a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, answered as she had before, but included an interesting argument against raising the wage.
"First, I believe that minimum wage should be a state decision, not a federal decision. Why? Because it makes no sense to say that the minimum wage in New York City is the same as the minimum wage in Mason City, Iowa," Fiorina said.
"Secondly, we have to remember that a lot of minimum-wage jobs are jobs where people start, and in those jobs they learn skills to move forward. So we need to be honest about the consequences of raising a minimum wage too high. One of the consequences is that young people who are trapped in poor neighborhoods will have less opportunities to learn skills and move forward."