To watch an interview I did with Fox Business Risk & Reward anchor Deirdre Bolton on this topic, please click on this link:

Earlier today, I did an interview Fox Business Risk & Reward anchor Deirdre Bolton to discuss yesterday’s GOP debate during which some candidates said that raising the minimum wage to $15 would be bad for the economy. They’re right. In a segment entitled, Andy Puzder on minimum wage, GOP debate, Deirdre and I talked about the labor force participation rate which shows that fewer young people are working or looking for work. If the minimum wage is increased dramatically without any thought to how a business must deal with labor increases, people will see entry-level opportunities vanish. Businesses will have no option but to continue to automate instead of hiring workers. Those running for office need to offer solutions for creating a healthy economy which, in turn, will ensure that everyone who wants to work will have access to opportunities. We need policies that protect jobs, not Big Labor talking points that sound good on the campaign trail.


This past Saturday, I joined CEO/Co-Founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems John Paul DeJoria, a veteran himself, at the 14th Annual Celebration of Dreams Gala in Santa Barbara, California where he and I were recognized by Dream Foundation Executive Director Kisa Heyer for our work in support of our nation’s terminally ill vets. I’m proud that CKE, along with its franchisees, has made a difference in helping hundreds of those who have put their lives on the line so we could live freely. Please click here to learn more. You can view the gala speech by clicking on the video below.

Dreams for Veterans video



The annual celebration of our veterans is this Wednesday and I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude for the brave men and women who put the common good above all else, even their lives. These individuals, along with their families, deserve our respect and support for keeping our nation safe from those who would do us harm. We’re blessed to have men and women courageous enough to assume the risks of defending our freedom and protecting our liberty.

At CKE Restaurants, we believe it’s important that we do more than simply thanking these brave men and women for their service.  Because veterans have a special place in our hearts, our company along with our Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s franchisees, raise money each year to help veterans though our annual Stars for Heroes fundraising campaign. Since 2011, we have raised more than $3.5 million.  Yet, there’s always more to do.

And so, as part of our partnership with Call of Duty: Black Ops III, all proceeds from sales on Veteran’s Day of any “Ultimate Care Package” (large Tex Mex Bacon Thickburger combo with large fries/large drink in Call of Duty-themed packaging) at any Carl’s Jr. or Hardee’s restaurant will go directly to the Call of Duty Endowment, a non-profit created by Activision Blizzard that has funded the placement of over 15,000 veterans in the high quality jobs they deserve.

So, if you’re hungry on Veterans Day, treat yourself to an “Ultimate Care Package” and know you’ll be joining countless others across the country in support of our veterans. Even if you can’t come into one of our restaurants on Veterans Day, please do all you can to support our vets and, if you know or see one, please thank them for their service.

Veterans day post pic



To watch an interview I did with Fox Business host Charles Payne on this topic, please click on this link:

Earlier today, I joined Fox Business host Charles Payne to do a segment entitled, Andy Puzder on Keystone Pipeline, ObamaCare, during which we discussed three separate topics: the fact that nearly 20 million people have either elected to pay a penalty or claimed an exemption to avoid purchasing insurance under Obamacare showing that the law has failed to provide affordable care; President Obama’s decision not to allow the private sector to build the Keystone Pipeline and the negative impact this will have on the economy and working/middle class Americans; and, a report which shows there’s no correlation between eating “junk food” and gaining weight. I hope you’ll enjoy the segment and share it with others.



To read a Wall Street Journal op-ed I wrote on the topic, please click on this link:

This morning, The Wall Street Journal published on op-ed entitled, The Slow-Motion Implosion of ObamaCare, which I wrote to tackle the question of whether ObamaCare is really making affordable private insurance available to a broad cross-section of uninsured Americans who are ineligible for Medicaid. The answer, of course, is that it is not.  Few people are buying insurance through the exchanges many of whom are young and prefer to pay a penalty rather than pay for pricey coverage. This makes the most financial sense for them. It’s really unfortunate that this law never received the kind of legislative scrutiny that might have resulted in a law that allowed middle and working class Americans to pay for affordable insurance coverage.


To watch an interview I did with CNBC host Joe Kernen on this topic, please click on this link:

Leading up to yesterday’s GOP presidential debate, I did an interview with “Squawk Box” co-anchor Joe Kernen who asked me what I hoped to hear candidates talk about. In a segment titled, Why we should increase minimum wage: CEO, I told Joe that I wanted to hear candidates discuss how to decrease poverty and increase opportunity, which can only happen if you ensure economic growth. As I explained to Joe, to create a healthy economy, we need meaningful tax and regulatory reforms, job creation, and so on. We also spent time talking about the minimum wage issue and how it needs to be addressed so GOP candidates don’t continue to lose ground on the issue.

The bottomline is that voters need to hear specifics about how a robust economy will allow them and their families to get ahead.


To watch an interview I did with Stuart Varney on this topic, please click on this link:

Yesterday, I joined Fox Business Host Stuart Varney to discuss the latest ad we will be airing in conjunction with the new release of the Call of Duty, Black Ops 3 video game. This is the second Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s commercial in which model Charlotte McKinney has a role. The brand pairing allows us to promote our Ultimate Care Package which includes our new Tex Mex burger, large fries and a large soda. As I shared with Stuart, on Veterans Day (Wednesday, November 11), the sale of all care packages will benefit Activision’s Endowment for Veterans so if our customers want to celebrate our Veterans, that’s one way to do it.



To watch an interview I did with Neil Cavuto on this topic, please click on this link:

Earlier today, I did an interview with Fox Business host Neil Cavuto regarding Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ recent comments on increasing payroll taxes to pay for paid family and medical leave. Neil wanted to know what I thought about the socialist idea…

During a segment entitled, CKE Restaurants CEO on Bernie Sanders’ tax proposal, I told Neil that if people think big government is the solution to their economic problems, then Bernie Sanders is their guy. I also told him that if people believe free enterprise and individual liberty represent a better alternative, then he’s the wrong person for the job. To make it clear that things will change for the worse if Sanders is elected, I drew a comparison with how the Post Office is run versus FedEx/UPS. The bottomline is that there are things the government has no business running and that’s particularly true when it comes to the way we live.

During the interview, Neil added that Sanders should not point to Europe as a way to show success for socialist ideas and it’s true. Europe is facing major economic and social struggles in places like Greece, Portugal, Italy and Spain and we would eventually head down the same path. To be sure, Sanders’ ideas are dragging Hillary to the left much like Trump is dragging the GOP to the far right and pulling candidates to extreme fringes is not good for the general election. Americans deserve better than fringe talk; they need to hear about real, workable solutions.



To read a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed I wrote regarding the importance of creating jobs to help employees get ahead, please click on this link: As usual, you can read on for additional context.

Recently, President Obama held a Summit on Worker Voice, an event geared to increase union influence under the guise of helping workers by increasing their wages, so I wrote an op-ed that ran in today’s Wall Street Journal under the headline: No Wonder Growth Has Been So Anemic. I did this because it’s important for people to know that workers’ wages and incomes are flatlining not because of decreased union membership but rather because there aren’t enough jobs.

By using labor-force participation rates and other economic data, I show how the Administration’s policies have driven millions of Americans out of the labor force and forced another six million to work part-time jobs because they can’t find full-time employment. The numbers don’t lie and, regardless of how liberal pundits try to spin it, the truth is we don’t have jobs for the people who need them.

As I explain further, it is the private sector which creates jobs, not the unions. I use CKE as an example which, along with its franchisees, “provides employment for more than 70,000 Americans and support jobs for tens of thousands of others outside the restaurants.” This job creation model is the same for companies like Ford and Apple, so politicians should simplify the tax code, enact regulatory reform and replace Obamacare with a workable solution to help businesses add jobs. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio have already introduced specific plans to help the economy create more opportunity for workers. Because workers deserve better, the president should do the same.