GOP congressional candidate doesn't support 'livable wage'

GOP congressional candidate doesn't support 'livable wage'

Federal minimum wage is $7.25, though 29 states and many cities have higher minimums. The Georgia Republican spoke with a local reporter outside her campaign headquarters late Wednesday afternoon, and there Handel attempted to clarify what she meant when she said that she doesn't support a livable wage.

In responding to his opponents explanation for her earlier comments, Jon Ossoff says that he is hopeful that Handel's original words during the debate clearly illustrated the difference between her political ideology and his own.

We're only two weeks out from the special election in Georgia's sixth congressional district, and after narrowly losing his bid to win this thing outright in May's jungle primary, Democratic candidate and noted hilarious slogan-haver Jon Ossoff remains locked in a tight race, narrowly edging his Republican opponent, Karen Handel, in the polls by only one point. There is a national labor movement to increase the federal mark to $15 an hour, and many Democrats in Congress advocate at least a $10.10 hourly wage.

Owens said the debate was helpful in educating voters of both parties as they decide how to cast their ballot in the approaching election.

There is another debate scheduled this week, and more dollars are coming into the campaign, from Republicans eager to hold on to a seat they've held for decades and Democrats who see a chance not only to send a message to Trump but to lay the groundwork for a hoped-for takeover of the House in 2018. Not to mention sharing the debate clip of the Republican candidate openly saying the seemingly damning words, "I do not support a livable wage" far and wide.

Mr Ossoff said the "minimum wage should be a living wage".

She called it the "fundamental difference between a liberal and conservative".

A federally imposed hike, she said, would "dramatically hurt" businesses.

"Look, if somebody's working a 40-hour workweek, they deserve the kind of standard of living that Americans expect", Mr Ossoff added.

Handel, meanwhile, repeatedly attempted to latch Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California. "You might live just outside of the district, but your values are 3,000 miles away in San Francisco".

Ossoff counters that he's an "independent voice" and will "work with anyone" in Washington. So even though most of Ossoff's donations came from places other than Georgia, he still raised more money in the state than his current competitor in the Congressional race. He said it's Handel who is the partisan rubber stamp.

Handel - seeking to avoid Trump's terminology while defending the policy - referred to a "travel, ah, proposal".

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