Fox Business 2015 GOP primary debate: on Jobs


Ben Carson: Raising the minimum wage increases unemployment

Q: You suggested one minimum wage does not fit all, and that perhaps we should offer a lower or starter wage for young people.

CARSON: People need to be educated on the minimum wage. Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases. It's particularly a problem in the black community. Only 19% of black teenagers have a job, who are looking for one. And that's because of those high wages. If you lower those wages, that comes down. You know, as a youngster, my first job working in a laboratory as a lab assistant, I would not have gotten those jobs if someone had to pay me a large amount of money. That's what we need to be thinking about. How do we allow people to ascend the ladder of opportunity, rather than how do we give them everything and keep them dependent?

Q: So, you would not raise it?

CARSON: I would not raise it, specifically because I'm interested in making sure that people are able to enter the job market and take advantage of opportunities.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

Bobby Jindal: 60 months in a row of job growth in Louisiana

In Louisiana, we're actually a top 10 state for job growth. We have more people working in Louisiana than ever before, earning a higher income than ever before. We've had 60 months in a row of consecutive job growth in our state. So the reality is we have diversified our economy. We've also got one of the fastest growing IT sectors by percentage. We are growing Louisiana's economy.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

Donald Trump: Don't raise minimum wage; it makes us non-competitive

Q: Picketers have gathered demanding an immediate hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Are you sympathetic to the protesters?

DONALD TRUMP: I can't be. We are a country that is being beaten on every front economically & militarily. There is nothing that we do now to win. We don't win anymore. [If our] wages are too high, we're not going to be able to compete against the world. I hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is. People have to work really hard and have to get into that upper stratum. But we can not do this if we are going to compete with the rest of the world. We just can't do it.

Q: So do not raise the minimum wage?

TRUMP: I would not do it.

CARSON: Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases.

MARCO RUBIO: If I thought that raising the minimum wage was the best way to help people increase their pay, I would be all for it, but it isn't. If you raise the minimum wage, you're going to make people more expensive than a machine.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

Donald Trump: I have relevant experience by creating jobs and assets

I've created tens of thousands of jobs and a great company. It's a company I'm very proud of. Some of the most iconic assets anywhere in the world. I don't have to give you a website because I'm self-funding my campaign. I'm putting up my own money. I want to make our country greater than it's ever been. I think we have that potential. We cannot lose this election.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

John Kasich: I created jobs in Congress & in Ohio; let's make it thrice

Our most important moral purpose as leaders in the political system is to make sure we create an environment for job creation so people can live their dreams and realize their God-given potential.

I've been an innovator my entire career. And I really don't care what special interests or lobbyists have to say. I have a job to do when I take over a public office. Now, we freeze non-defense discretionary for eight years. We also put an increase in defense spending. Our tax cuts balance out. And at the end of the day, we will get to a balanced budget.

And I want everybody here to know, when I was Budget Committee chairman in Washington, I stepped on every toe in that town, and we got to a balanced budget, and we had enormous job growth. And as governor of Ohio, we went from 350,000 lost jobs to a gain of 347,000 jobs. I'll do it in Washington. I've done it twice; I'll do it thrice for the United States of America.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

John Kasich: When you balance the budget & cut taxes, people get work

When you balance the budget and you cut taxes, people get work. Our most important moral purpose as leaders is to make sure we create an environment for job creation so people can live their dreams and realize their God-given potential. For those at the bottom, we've got to do what we can to train them so they can move up. To look the other way is not acceptable. We've gotten it done in our state, and I will do it for America.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

Marco Rubio: Raising minimum wage would replace people with machines

Q: Picketers have gathered demanding an immediate hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Are you sympathetic to the protesters?

DONALD TRUMP: [If our] wages are too high, we're not going to be able to compete against the world.

CARSON: Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases.

MARCO RUBIO: If I thought that raising the minimum wage was the best way to help people increase their pay, I would be all for it, but it isn't. In the 20th century, it's a disaster. If you raise the minimum wage, you're going to make people more expensive than a machine. And that means all this automation that's replacing jobs and people right now is only going to be accelerated. Here's the best way to raise wages: Make America the best place in the world to start a business or expand an existing business.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

Mike Huckabee: Wages for bottom 90% of the economy stagnant for 40 years

The Fed is in trouble because they haven't addressed the number one issue that's hurting Americans and that's that wages for the bottom 90 percent of the economy have been stagnant for 40 years. In the 25 years after World War II, wages grew by 85 percent. People were moving up. That's not happening any more, and in large measure, the Fed has manipulated the dollar so it doesn't have a standard. Tie the dollar to something fixed and if it's not going to be gold, make it the commodity basket.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

Rick Santorum: Jobs are open in manufacturing but no skilled workers

I was told there are 250,000 welder jobs open in America, jobs paying anywhere from $50,000 to $70,000 a year. We have to start doing something about training and employing people who are sitting on the sidelines because they don't see a path. And we have a president who thinks everybody has to go to college. People need to go to work and we need to provide opportunities for them to go to work out of high school.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

  • The above quotations are from Fox Business/Wall Street Journal Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
    First Tier: Top Eight by polls
    Second Tier: Four other Republicans
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2016 Presidential contenders on Jobs:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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