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President promises persistence in minimum wage fight

Posted: Updated: Sep 01, 2014 06:26 PM
MILWAUKEE (WAOW) -- President Barack Obama spent his Labor Day holiday at Milwaukee's Laborfest event talking about things happening here at home.

In a 30-minute speech, he went over some recent economic successes and discussed issues like raising the minimum wage.

About 6,000 people at Laborfest greeted the president with cheers.

"It's good to be back in Milwaukee!" President Obama said.

On this Labor Day, the president spoke glowingly of the economy.

"America is stronger because of the decisions we made to rescue our economy and rebuild it," said President Obama.

The president spent the first half of his speech trying to prove his point.

"Over the past 53 months, our businesses have created nearly 10 million new jobs," he said. "Today our workers are building more cars than any time since 2002, and by the way, they're really good cars."

As for state Republicans, they were quick to point out who was missing from the stage with the president.

The Wisconsin GOP focused on Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke's absence in a statement.

"Burke is going to great lengths to distance herself from Obama, but the truth is they share the same failed policies that have produced disastrous results: staggering job loss, fiscal irresponsibility, and crushing tax hikes on middle class families," the statement said.

Burke's camp said it wouldn't be appropriate for the candidate to speak at the event since it was an official White House event and not a campaign visit.

A representative says Burke has invited the president back for a campaign event before the election.

Burke met with the president in private.

Governor Scott Walker greeted the president at the airport.

As for the event itself, President Obama made sure he didn't leave the stage without a nod to his audience.

"Milwaukee brats are delicious and the Brewers are tied for first place," he said.

In his efforts to raise the minimum wage, President Obama said he will be persistent, joking that he'll act like he did when convincing his wife to marry him.
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