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Supporters, Opponents Show Up to Hear Obama at Lake Harriet

Updated: 06/27/2014 7:02 PM
Created: 06/27/2014 10:17 AM KSTP.com

The crowd at President Barack Obama's economic policy speech wasn't made up entirely of his supporters.          

Some say they showed up Friday because they couldn't pass up a chance to see a sitting president in person even if they don't share his views.          

Obama gave a policy speech from the ornate bandshell overlooking Lake Harriet in Minneapolis on Friday morning as part of a two-day Minnesota trip.

Fifteen-year-old David O'Neill was with a group of boys wearing t-shirts for Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden, who is in the race against Democratic Sen. Al Franken. O'Neill says he attends the same school as McFadden's sons.          

He says "it's pretty cool no matter what your political beliefs to see a president" in person.

On the other side, ardent Minnesota supporters of Obama say they share his frustrations that the economy hasn't taken flight as fast as hoped. But some who turned out for is economic policy speech say it's not for lack of effort on the president's part.          

Non-profit executive Norm Munk was among those quick to defend Obama. Munk says he worries that a polarized Washington is stunting the nation's progress.          

Munk says he fears the next generation won't be as fortunate as his if leaders can't figure out how to start working more closely together.          

Obama used his speech to highlight his push for an increase in the federal minimum wage, which hasn't advanced in Congress.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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