- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Ardent Minnesota supporters of President Barack Obama say they share his frustrations that the economy hasn’t taken flight as fast as hoped.

But some who turned out for the Democrat’s economic policy speech on the shores of Lake Harriet say it’s not for lack of effort on the president’s part.

Non-profit executive Norm Munk was among those quick to defend Obama. Munk says he worries that a polarized Washington is stunting the nation’s progress.

Munk says he fears the next generation won’t be as fortunate as his if leaders can’t figure out how to start working more closely together.

Obama was expected to use his speech to highlight his push for an increase in the federal minimum wage, which hasn’t advanced in Congress.

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