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Obama spoke about his proposal to raise the national minimum wage at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

April 2 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama traveled to the University of Michigan today to call for raising the U.S. minimum wage and appeal to younger voters who might help avert an electoral disaster for Democrats in November.

In the state that is home to the headquarters of the U.S. auto industry, Obama invoked Henry Ford, saying the Ford Motor Co. founder understood that paying his workers a living wage would be good for his company.

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