President Barack Obama pitching economic priorities in Minnesota

Jun 27, 2014 8:28 AM by Cheryl Wengren

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - President Barack Obama is pitching his ideas to boost the American middle class in Minnesota, a state that has already embraced a key component of the president's economic agenda by raising its minimum wage.

Obama closes a two-day trip to the Minneapolis area today with an economic speech at a castle-shaped bandshell on picturesque Lake Harriet.

He's framing his agenda in terms that resonate for Americans still struggling financially despite the recovery. It's a populist, "on your side" economic push that Democrats are making in the run-up to the November midterm elections.

Obama's push to get Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour has sputtered. But a half-dozen states, including Minnesota, have responded to Obama's call to action by raising state wage minimums on their own.


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