Paul is against the concept of a federal minimum wage, arguing that it is yet another form of government mandate.
“John Harris: Another question from a Politico reader. Do you advocate getting rid of the minimum wage, would that create more jobs?
Ron Paul: Absolutely. It would help the poor people who need jobs. Minimum wage is a mandate. We’re against mandates so why should we have it? It would be very beneficial…
… Mandates, that what the whole society is about, that’s what we do all the time. That’s what government is - mandate, mandate, mandate. We talk so much about the Obama mandate which is very important, but what about Medicare? Isn’t that a mandate? Everything we do is mandate. So, this is why you have to look at this, the cause of liberty. We don’t need the government running our lives.”
September 7, 2011, Ronald Reagan Library: Reagan Republican Presidential Debate