Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took aim at the minimum wage Monday, calling it one of the many "lame ideas" pushed by Democrats.
The two-term governor made the comment in an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity following his official announcement speech for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
"The Left claims that they're for American workers and they've just got just really lame ideas — things like the minimum wage," Walker said. "Instead of focusing on that, we need to talk about how we get people the skills and the education and the qualifications that they need to take on the careers that pay far more than the minimum wage."
The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, and many states also have their own minimum wage laws.
Walker also used the interview to defend his anti-union track record of success in Wisconsin. Leading Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, as well as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, were among the first to criticize Walker's run for the White House.
"The reason they're upset, the reason Hillary Clinton said what she said was we took power out of the big hands union bosses and put it into the hands of the hard-working people," he added. His spat with unions in his state have led to a recall effort that he successfully defeated.
Regardless of their opinions, Walker argues that he remains pro-worker.
"They recognize that we not only fight, we fight and win," he told Hannity. "We've won three times in four years in a purple/blue state. We won on the issues."
With 9.8 points, Walker is second in a RealClearPolitics average of polls. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is first with 17.8, while businessman Donald Trump is close in third with 9.3 points.