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Rand Paul Says He Opposes Raising Minimum Wage Because It Hurts Black Teens

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During an appearance on Fox Business, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said that he opposes the federal minimum wage because it hurts the nation’s children, singling out black teenagers.

“The government shouldn’t be in this,” Paul told host Maria Bartiromo after being asked about the Democratic proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “And the people that get hurt the worst are those most disadvantaged. Black teenagers — unemployment goes through the roof when you set minimum wage. And the most important thing for any teenager, white or Black, is that first job and they don’t get it if you set the wage higher than what the market will set it at.”

“It’s a disservice to our youth,” he concluded.

During the interview, Paul also addressed election integrity, saying he’s “terrified” of a Democratic proposal to make it easy for everyone to vote.

“Are you worried in any way of future elections being fair?” Bartiromo asked.

“I’m terrified of election integrity,” Paul replied, adding, “and I’m all for election integrity but the opposite of what Nancy Pelosi thinks that is.”

“I think we need to have in-person voting and it needs to remain in control of the states,” he remarked. “So I’ve been going around to each of the states, including my state, and trying to get election law reformed. I think you need to vote in person.”

But Paul said that states should be barred from “using taxpayer money to go to your house with ballots and applications to vote.”

“This idea of harvesting votes — that’s what Nancy Pelosi wants to do — is wrong,” he insisted. “And we need to make sure we stop that.”

Watch the video below via Fox Business.