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Obama Promoting Economic Gains as Elections near

Created: 09/01/2014 3:00 PM KSTP.com

President Barack Obama says he'll press Congress to raise the minimum wage in the same way he courted his wife - never taking no for an answer.

Obama brought a buoyant Labor Day message to Wisconsin, telling union members on Monday that he sees, quote, "engines are revving a little louder" in an economy coming back from a near-depression five years ago.

Now, he says, quote, "America deserves a raise." He promises his administration will keep pushing for one.

He adds that if Republicans gain control of Congress after November's elections, they will hurt the chances for a higher federal minimum wage.

The president cracked that the struggle resembles his hard sell when Michelle agreed to marry him. Obama says, quote, "I just wore her down."

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President Obama speaks at Laborfest 2014 at Henry Maier Festival Park Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Milwaukee. Obama renewed his call for an increase in the minimum wage.
Photo: AP/Morry Gash

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