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UPDATE: 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."

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden today are using Labor Day appearances to press the case for a federal increase in the minimum wage -- a top issue for Democrats. 

In Detroit, Biden told hundreds of union members that they deserve a "fair share" of any improvement in corporate profits. While criticizing corporate pay and companies that leave the U.S. for lower taxes, Biden said workers aren't looking for a handout. He said, "Just give them a chance."
    
Until now, Obama and his aides had been cautious about drawing too much attention to positive economic trends. They worried that some of those trends may prove to be fleeting -- or that not all Americans were benefiting from them.
    
White House aides insist they're still not declaring full victory over the lingering effects of a recession that ended five years ago. But officials believe it's time to highlight recent improvements, partly to help Democrats in a difficult political environment.
    
Obama has a Labor Day speech scheduled today in Wisconsin, promoting the economy in a state that was the epicenter of a fight over the collective bargaining rights of public employees.

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