Update: ABC has now posted the entire interview. You can watch it here.
From David Hulen in Anchorage --
This is getting some attention this morning: Alaska Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller told ABC News and Politico that he would abolish the federal minimum wage. Watch the video clip (And it's just that - a clip. ABC hasn't posted the whole interview.)
When asked whether the federal government should require a minimum wage, Miller said:
"That is clearly up to the states. We believe...In fact, the state of Alaska has a minimum wage which is higher than the federal level because our state leaders have made that determination. At the minimum level, again, that should be the state's decision."
"So there should not be a federal minimum wage?"
"There should not be. That is not within the scope of the powers that are given to the federal government."
(Miller elaborated on a number of other topics in an extended version of the interview posted later by ABC)
We asked the other candidates in the Alaska Senate race for a response.
The spokeswoman for Democrat Scott McAdams, Heather Handyside, said the candidate had this response: "Mr. Miller's interpretation of the Constitution has always puzzled me. Now it is beginning to alarm me."
Here's the response from Steve Wackowski, spokesman for Sen. Lisa Murkowski: "The Supreme Court has already determined that federal minimum wage laws are constitutional. Is Joe Miller alleging that he is smarter than our Nation’s most prominent legal minds by calling into question this legal precedent? What’s next Joe—are you going to allege that child labor laws, also upheld as constitutional, violate the Constitution?"
Alaskans haven't heard much directly from Miller lately. He spent last week in Washington, D.C., raising money for his campaign and doing some interviews with national media. We've had some trouble lately getting basic information from the campaign. For a story today on the controversial federal contracting program that has benefitted some Alaska Native corporations, we asked all the major candidates for U.S. Senate and House for their positions, in writing. The other campaigns provided responses to the three questions we asked; Miller's was the only one with no response, despite repeated requests over a week.