Edwards has been calling on his Democratic rivals to back a minimum wage boost.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - John Edwards told CNN Friday he was happy Hillary Clinton had proposed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 – a move that followed public prodding from him to adopt the idea.
“I think it’s a wonderful thing. I’ve been talking about this for a long time, challenging the other candidates to agree to follow, and agree to do this,” said the former North Carolina senator. “And Sen. Clinton here, towards the end of the campaign, has taken action. It’s just great.”
The issue of poverty has been central to Edwards’ campaign, and the last few days on the trail have featured verbal sparring between him and Clinton over who was more committed to addressing it.
Shortly after a CNN interview Thursday in which Edwards again asked Clinton and the other Democratic candidates to support a raise in the minimum wage to $9.50, the New York senator released a statement saying she had introduced legislation the night before doing just that.
Was it a response to his challenge? “I don’t know, but I’m glad she did it,” said Edwards.
- CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt