MIAMI, FL - APRIL 14: Demonstrators protest together as they demand an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour on April 14, 2016 in Miami, Florida. The demonstrators, some of whom were some of the thousands of caregivers striking at 19 Consulate-owned nursing homes throughout the state, marched together to a McDonald's restaurant, as they take part in a day-long effort to draw attention to low-wage jobs. The demonstration was one of about 300 scheduled to take place nationwide today (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Photo: Joe Raedle
Photo: Joe Raedle

Democrats to make $15 minimum wage part of party message

Bernie Sanders' camp landed a major policy victory Friday as Democrats amended their party platform to include a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage.

"My fellow Democrats and madam chair, raising the federal minimum wage sets the moral standard in this country," former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner said Friday.

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As Democrats meet and set their policy agendas ahead of the Democratic National Convention later this month, that's a significant shift for Hillary Clinton.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's previous stance was for a $12 minimum wage.

"They are now required to have a $7.25 minimum wage, so to go from that to $12 is a big leap," Clinton previously told CNN.

In the platform amendment Friday, Democrats praised the movement to gradually increase minimum wages in New York and California -- a movement Sanders made a hallmark of his presidential run.

"(We) need at least $15 an hour," Sanders said at a rally in July 2015.

"We've got to end the starvation minimum wage of $7.25 and raise it to $15," he said during a debate with Clinton in April.

"If somebody works 40 hours a week in the United States of America, that person should not be living in poverty," Sanders told Iowa Public Television in September. "That's what a $15 minimum wage would do."

But shortly after the minimum wage proposal sailed through unchallenged, two other Sanders-backed amendments to expand Social Security got shot down. So while Clinton and Sanders are negotiating, they're not entirely on the same page.

Speculation is growing that Sanders will endorse Clinton soon, possibly as soon as this coming week.

This video includes clips from KERO and Bernie 2016. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.

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