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Guess how many times Republicans mentioned paid leave and the minimum wage in last night’s debate about the economy

The remaining 14 Republican presidential candidates were in Boulder, Colo., Wednesday night for the third primary debate. (Miss it? Don’t worry, there will be 1 million more.) This time around, the event was hosted by CNBC, a network that is primarily focused on business news and the economy. So, naturally, this debate leaned heavy on talk about money, budgets, taxes, deficits, and jobs.

Given how much lip service the candidates paid to working families, you might wonder how many times each candidate mentioned some of the biggest issues these families face when trying to make ends meet: paid time off when they’re sick, paid family leave when they have a baby, and a minimum wage that will keep them out of poverty. I kept a little tally last night and ran the terms into the full transcript this morning. Here’s what I found.

Paid family leave

Public support for the policy according to recent polls: 80%

Mentions at the debate: 0

Paid sick leave

Public support for the policy according to recent polls: 85%

Mentions at the debate: 0

Raising the minimum wage

Public support for the policy according to recent polls: 71%

Mentions at the debate: 1

Candidate: Carly Fiorina

Quote and context: Fiorina mentioned it just to state that the federal government had no business raising it. “There is no constitutional role for the federal government in setting up retirement plans. There is no constitutional role for the federal government to be setting minimum wages,” she said.

Pretty weird when Benghazi (mentions: 2) got more play in a debate about the economy than the policies that impact millions of working families, but maybe they’ll get around to discussing them next time.

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