10 questions every candidate should be ready to answer

Here’s a cheat sheet for any political PR pro, advisor, aide, or candidate. Any political hopeful had better be able to answer these simple questions. How many can you answer?

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The Huffington Post points out that four candidates at a recent Senate debate in Missouri also didn’t know the minimum wage. And that’s surprising, considering that this is a perennial question that trips up candidates in virtually every election cycle.

So today, I’m offering all campaigns and candidates a free prep sheet to help them avoid these obvious errors.

Here are 10 questions you should be prepared to answer during your race:

1. What’s the minimum wage? The federal minimum wage is $7.25. Some states are higher. The full list is here. Candidates should also be able to answer similar questions about their state’s unemployment and home foreclosure rates. Here’s Rep. Berg’s attempt at answering the minimum wage question:

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