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If you run for Congress, even as a long shot, you should probably be prepared for common policy questions

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Defying expectations, Dave Brat convincingly defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., on Tuesday night.

But the little-known Brat may not be ready for prime time after his surprise win.

On Wednesday morning's "The Daily Rundown," MSNBC host Chuck Todd asked Brat -- an economics professor — whether the candidate believes there should even be a minimum wage.

“I don’t have a well-crafted response on that one,” Brat responded.

Really? An economics professor doesn’t have a well-crafted response to a question about the minimum wage?

Brat went on to talk about how he wished people in sub-Saharan Africa could make $100 an hour, but that wages needed to be tied to productivity.

"You cannot artificially make up wage rates, they have to be related to productivity."

Earlier, Brat had told Todd that he "ran on fiscal issues" as a way of deflecting from the idea that his win was tied to the issue of immigration.

Brat was then asked about arming Syrian rebels to get an idea on where he stood on foreign policy issues. Brat deflected, saying he just wanted to talk about his victory.

Pressed by Todd, Brat said he wasn’t strictly an isolationist or an interventionist when it came to foreign policy.

We can forgive Brat for perhaps not being on his game after a wild night, but he’s going to have to get it together real quick now that he’s been thrust into the national spotlight.

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