On Wednesday, Obama is taking that message to Michigan and Illinois, two states with 2014
In Michigan, where the retirement of Democratic Sen.
Henry Ford helped create a thriving American middle class by doubling his workers’ wages in 1914, a
But while Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour is the stated focus of the day, Obama’s real message will swing wider than that, encompassing another thing congressional Republicans don’t like — his
Ann Arbor is Obama's first scheduled appearance since he announced that more than 7.1 million people had signed up for health insurance during the open-enrollment period that closed on Monday.
As the president touts the benefits for uninsured Americans who now have coverage, his White House is making crystal clear where the political message is going from here.
“Those who run against it, who run on repeal and offer nothing in return but the old status quo, are going to have some explaining to do to those millions of Americans who now have the security of affordable health insurance,” White House press secretary
Republicans say they invite the comparison.
"Let us know if you hear any Dems running in 2014 states say 'mission accomplished,' " she wrote. "We're in the market for the video."
For his part, Sen.
"We could not have done it without them," Obama said, "and they should be proud of what they've done."
Obama will have a chance to repeat that message later on Wednesday when he travels to Chicago to appear at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.