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UPDATE: President Obama speaks about economic recovery during WI visit

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama touted the resurgence of the American economy during his visit to Milwaukee Monday.

Obama spoke for about 30 minutes at Laborfest in Milwaukee. The president said the energy and technology industries are booming, the construction industry is rebounding and American businesses are exporting more goods than ever before.

Obama said that's because of the strength of the nation's workforce. He said he bet on the American people, and now that bet is paying off.

"America is stronger because of the decisions we made to rescue our economy and rebuild it on a new foundation, asking the simple question: is this good for ordinary Americans? Is this good for working people? Not for just a few, but for everybody," Obama said.

The president also pushed for an increase in the minimum wage, fair pay for women and more workplace flexibility for parents. He encouraged everyone to voice their opinions on the issues by voting.


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- President Obama has safely landed in Milwaukee.

Air Force One touched down just before 1 p.m.

The president was greeted at General Mitchell International Airport by Governor Scott Walker, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore.

President Obama is scheduled to speak at Laborfest in Milwaukee, where he is expected to promote the economy.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- On Monday, President Obama will deliver a Labor Day speech in Milwaukee, where he is expected to promote the economy, though the White House gave no specifics about the event.

 He will be making remarks at Henry Maier Festival Park for Laborfest 2014.

The White House is encouraging Democrats to show optimism about the nation's recovery from the Great Recession as they head into November mid-term elections.

President Obama  says, "There are reasons to feel good about the direction that we're headed."

Despite turmoil in the Mideast and along the Ukraine-Russia border, the top issue with Americans remains the economy.  And while consumer confidence appears to be improving, the public remains anxious over how strong the recovery is going to be.

Both Governor Scott Walker and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke will visit with President Obama.

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