September 21, 2014
MILWAUKEE (AP) - 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."