[Ed. – Campaigning for a change]
President Barack Obama on Wednesday set out to highlight his initiatives to fight income disparity with visits to a big-box wholesaler and a steel plant a day after launching a renewed push to raise minimum wage for millions of poor Americans.
In a symbolic trip the day after his annual State of the Union address, Obama sought to raise momentum for proposals he announced to lift workers’ incomes and make it easier for Americans to put money away for retirement.
The trip is also aimed at helping Democrats win seats in November’s congressional elections by focusing on a popular theme that touches on the economy and income inequality.
Obama announced on Tuesday he would sign an executive order lifting the minimum wage for workers with new federal contracts to $10.10 and urged Congress to do the same for Americans nationwide. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.