U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is joining in on the attack on Bruce Rauner. Durbin has advocated raising the national minimum wage to $10 per hour. Rauner now has indicated some support for that increase, though at a candidates’ forum last month in Moline, he called for Illinois’ minimum wage of $8.25 per hour to be lowered to match the current federal rate of $7.25.
Durbin believes that voters will focus on Rauner’s original position.
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“I can tell you that people have forgotten his $18 watch,” Durbin said, “because a man who proposes cutting the minimum wage is out of touch with working families.”
Durbin says Rauner’s personal wealth has played a role in the backlash over the minimum wage comments. When asked if those comments reminded him of the “47 percent” remarks made by former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Durbin laughed and said “yes it does.”