October 25th, 2010
09:27 PM ET
12 years ago

Florida candidates trip up on state's minimum wage

(CNN) – The list of candidates who can't remember their state's minimum wage grew by two Monday.

During their final debate, moderated by CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Florida's gubernatorial candidates both got the question wrong.

St. Petersburg Times' political editor Adam C. Smith asked Republican Rick Scott first. Scott confidently replied "$7.55."

Smith then turned to Democrat Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer, asking "Ms. Sink is that right?"

Sink replied, "Mm-hmm. Yes."

Florida's minimum wage is $7.25 which corresponds directly to the federal minimum wage of the same amount.

Connecticut Republican Senate candidate, Linda McMahon, was also stumped by the question at a recent press conference.

Filed under: 2010 • Alex Sink • Florida • issues • Rick Scott
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Debbie from Arizona

    Geez, that's pretty sad. Good luck, Florida.

    October 25, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. beth

    So this is big news. They were close enough.

    October 25, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. La Piovra

    God love Florida, it has always been flint-skinning and flint-hearted where it comes to workers' well-being, and years of Republican control have only made it worse. Floridians, if you want even a crack at fair representation, vote "yes" on Amendments 5 and 6.

    October 25, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. Hugo

    Let's see, that is $290.00 gross weekly paycheck less $21.75 for the employee's share of Social Security, $43.50 total equating to $2,262.00/year. If a minimum wage worker payed into the fund for 30 years they would have a total of $33,930.00 of their own money plus an equal amount of their employers, a total of $67,860.00, let's be generous and just add on another $20,000 as a return on the Social Security fund (right), for a grand total of $87,869.00. The payment to a career minimum wager would probably be around $800 – $900 a month, their input would be gone in 8 years of payments, PONZI....

    October 25, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. DENNA

    Why should they remember what the little people make? Seriously people, neither party care about our sorry lives. We need to choose the less damaging of the two, and that is not the Republicans. They are for the well-off and no one else. I feel even sorrier for the poor. It seems that the middle class and the rich are the only targets for the politicians. However, beware middle class, there isn't much standing between us and the poor.

    October 25, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. Mac K-FL

    The only people who make minimum wage in FL are teens, immigrants, & people with HS diploma or less so why would candidates know what the state min wage is? I doubt the average median income Floridian knows what it is.

    October 25, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. nosloc

    Hmmmmm...Says it all, they are all out of touch with the voters; cogs on the wheel which produce the money for them to take and use as they want. They don't know who we are really. Take our life back and ignor the BS in politics.

    October 25, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  8. ugly truth

    Dang, Stink even gets answers frm the opposition. . . and wrong ones at that! hahaha!

    October 26, 2010 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  9. Vote for SINK!!!

    Rick Scott is creepy and his hiding something. He's a snitch on Alex Sink in the last debate. Scott could of look more statemen like if he would of lean over and talked to Alex directly. Scott look like a snitch!

    October 26, 2010 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  10. Marie MD

    Why would any of them remember. THEY ARE ALL RICH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 26, 2010 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  11. Teisha

    i think thats every one can make a mistake.

    October 26, 2010 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  12. Tom D

    I really hate politicians...but them not knowing everything is to be expected...ask me about something outside of my realm of life, and I probably wont know it either. I doubt either one of them are paid, or pay anyone in their companies, minimum wage. What a white elephant for cnn...God,,,I hate politics

    October 26, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |