Asked to prioritize America’s crumbling infrastructure needs over the desires of union bosses, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez dodged during an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Friday.
CNBC’s Joe Kernen asked Perez which is the greater priority: building roads and bridges or making sure infrastructure projects create the “right kind of jobs” for union bosses, as Democrats have done in the past.
“Maybe that’s why nothing got built in the last eight years?” Kernen’s asked.
“Historically, we’ve been able to build roads and bridges and do so in a bipartisan fashion, create good middle-class jobs,” Perez told Kernen. Perez then proceeded to tell a story about a time that he visited a military base while serving as Secretary of Labor to avoid answering Kernen’s question.
Perez concluded by telling Kernen that Democrats don’t want to create minimum wage construction jobs.
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