Clinton Calls for Minimum Wage Increase to $12 Per Hour

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes a point to supporters during a speech to members of The International Longshoremen's Association in Charleston, South Carolina, October 31. Randall Hill/Reuters

(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday she would like to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour from the current $7.25.

"I want to raise the federal minimum wage to $12, and encourage other communities to go even higher," Clinton said at a campaign event in Coralville, Iowa.

Many U.S. cities and municipalities have established a higher minimum wage than the current federal minimum. Bernie Sanders, who is challenging Clinton to become the Democratic presidential nominee, has said the federal minimum wage should be raised to $15 per hour.