Former Republican presidential nominee
"I ... part company with many of the conservatives of my party on the issue of the minimum wage," he said in an interview on
"I think we ought to raise it because, frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay, and I think communicating that is important to us," he said.
Last week, Senate Republicans blocked a vote on legislation to hike the minimum wage. Democrats are making a wage hike a key part of their pitch to voters leading up to November's midterm elections.
Several states, including California, have raised their minimum-wage rate on their own. But Democrats and liberal groups said a nationwide increase is needed.
Romney, who lost the
He noted that income inequality has widened in the five years Obama has been president, though much of that is because of the impact of the Great Recession, which started in late 2007.
"I also believe the key for our party is to be able to convince the people who are in the working population, particularly in the Hispanic community, that our party will help them get better jobs and better wages," Romney said.
"Minority families have been the most hard-hit during these past five years," he said.