- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - President Barack Obama campaigned at the University of Michigan for raising the federal minimum wage, calling the proposal a “no-brainer.”

Flanked on every side by an adoring crowd of mostly students, the president on Wednesday made his case for gradually raising the national minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016. Senate Democrats are planning votes on a bill, but Republicans are working to block it.

Obama gave shout-outs to U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and Senate candidate Gary Peters, plus three members of the Michigan basketball team: Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Jordan Morgan.

His first words in the afternoon speech were, “Hello, Michigan! Go Blue!”

Air Force One landed at Willow Run Airport, taking off again about 4 p.m.

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