USA: Sanders slams Walton family, Walmart for paying 'starvation wage'
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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders criticised the Walton family, owners of Walmart, the world's largest retailer, because "many of their employees get wages so low" during a political rally in Durham, New Hampshire on Monday. Sanders called the Walton family the "largest recipient of welfare in America," pointing out that many of Walmart's workers are "on medicaid, they're on food stamps, and they're on subsidised housing" before asking "you know who pays for that medicaid, food stamps, and subsidised housing? You do." The Democratic presidential candidate also criticised the $7.25 (€6.50) minimum wage level in the US, calling it "a starvation wage" before stating that "together we're going to raise that minimum wage to a living wage, fifteen bucks an hour, over the next few years." After a close defeat to Hillary Clinton in Iowa last week, polls have placed Bernie Sanders ahead by 20 percent in New Hampshire.