ABC News’ Rick Klein reports:
Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller was in Washington last week to raise money and meet with some of the same establishment Republicans who supported his opponent in his primary.
But he made clear that he’s not going along to get along in Washington.
In an interview we aired on ABC’s “Top Line” today – conducted for a special Webcast, “The Scoop” with Jonathan Karl and Politico’s Mike Allen -- Miller said there should not be a federal minimum wage, since it’s not a power given to the federal government in the Constitution.
“It’s not an enumerated power,” said Miller, R-Alaska. “That is clearly up to the states. We believe -- the state of Alaska has a minimum wage which is higher than the federal level because our state leaders have made that determination. The minimum level again should be the state’s decision.”
He added: “We’ve said this many times: If you like big government, move to Massachusetts. I mean, I’m not trying to attack [Sen.] Scott Brown here -- they like, you know, health care at the state level, and those are the choices that can be made at the state level.”
Asked about whether the Environmental Protection Agency should be de-funded, Miller said: “Defund certain components of it, absolutely. There’s a proper role for some of these agencies where you have inter-state impacts, there’s no question about it. But when they’re missing in areas that are purely intra-state, in other words only impacts the state itself, the federal government has no business.”
Miller – a tea party favorite who now faces a write-in challenge from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, in addition to Democrat Scott McAdams – vowed that he won’t be changed by Washington, even if he winds up living here.
“Joe is not gonna change. Trust me, I’m not gonna be boring,” he said.
Miller also said he’s not prepared to commit to supporting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as leader of the GOP caucus.
“Fitting in is not my concern,” Miller said. “Look at what Alaskan voters have done with this race. I mean, they’re communicating something through who they’ve chosen through the primary.”
He said the GOP leader should be “whoever the caucus determines the leader should be. … I think we need to make sure that this Congress whether Republican or Democrat takes the right path, and that means restraining the federal government back to a manageable level, one that I think is mandated by the Constitution.”
Miller added that he’s replaced the staff member who posted a serious of Twitter messages that seemed presumptuous about his election chances: “The Twitter you missed was the feed that said I’m looking for a new staffer to do Twitter feeds.”
Read more about the interview with Joe Miller HERE.
Also on today’s “Top Line,” we checked in with our ABC political director, Amy Walter, about the political landscape a month before the mid-term elections.