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Obama to call for higher minimum wage on trip to Michigan, Illinois

Posted by on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 @ 6:30 pm.

By Christi Parsons
April 2, 2014, 8:14 a.m.

US-POLITICS-HEALTH-OBAMAWASHINGTON — President Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage may not be popular with Republicans in Congress, but he’s betting it will be with his real target, the Democratic voters he hopes to turn out in the congressional elections later this year.

On Wednesday, Obama is taking that message to Michigan and Illinois, two states with 2014 Senate races.

In Michigan, where the retirement of Democratic Sen. Carl Levin has fueled GOP hopes of picking up a seat, Obama plans to deliver an economic message that features a state hero.

Henry Ford helped create a thriving American middle class by doubling his workers’ wages in 1914, a White House official said in previewing Obama’s message. Ford said that it would be good for business if his workers could afford to buy the cars they were helping to build, an idea Democrat love to repeat. Obama plans to conjure the Ford memory for the crowd at the University of Michigan. Rep. Gary Peters, the likely Democratic nominee for Levin's Senate seat, is expected to join Obama for the event.

But while Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour is the stated focus of the day, Obama’s real message will swing wider than that, encompassing another thing congressional Republicans don’t like — his healthcare reform law.

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