Edwards Wants Higher Minimum Wage

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards says the 70 cents per hour increase in the minimum wage is not enough.

The former North Carolina senator told reporters in McClellanville, South Carolina, yesterday he wants other presidential candidates to join him in calling for an increase in the minimum wage to 9-dollars-50 cents an hour by 2012.

Yesterday's increase boosted the minimum wage to five-dollars-85
cents per hour.

Edwards made a similar call Monday night in the Democratic
presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina. He says all he heard
was bragging about Congressional action.

New York Senator Hillary Clinton says she agrees the latest increase is out of date. The increase was the first in ten years.

It will go up to seven-dollars-25 cents an hour by 2009.