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Ralph Nader says hiking minimum wage is "winning issue" for Democrats

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Ralph Nader doesn't know why Democrats aren't making raising the minimum wage a bigger issue during the campaign. He says there's a clear cut difference between Democrats and Republicans on the topic.

He made the comments before speaking on "Corporatism and Social Class" at Purdue.

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