DENVER – President Barack Obama addressed the minimum wage, economic recovery and his tumultuous relationship with Republicans Wednesday during a speech in Cheesman Park.
"By almost every measure, we are better off than when I took office," Obama said.
The audience booed as the president listed the supposed hurdles presented by the Republicans in Congress.
"[The] best thing you can say about Republicans so far this year is that they haven't shut down the government," Obama said.
A handful of people shouted in the distance as the president spoke. One group had a banner about the Keystone pipeline.
Obama landed at Denver International Airport just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday. He had dinner at the Wazee Supper Club with a woman whose boss voluntarily raised her pay the day after the president called for a higher minimum wage during his State of the Union Address.
During his speech at Cheesman Park, Obama talked about how he used to work for minimum wage at Baskin-Robins, and how a raise would have helped.
"America needs a raise!" the president said, amid cheers.
When discussing the economic recovery, Obama said significant progress has been made.
"We have come farther and recovered faster than almost any other nation on earth," he said.
Following his speech, Obama is set to attend a fundraising lunch for Senator Mark Udall. Udall will not attend the fundraiser due to "last minute votes and legislative activity," according to a statement from his campaign.
"The only difference between President Obama's campaign speech today and every other one he has given was that Senator Udall wasn't standing by his side," Cory Gardner campaign spokesman Alex Siciliano said in a news release. "Senator Udall has been more than willing to follow the President on everything from healthcare and gun control to energy and out-of-control government spending. Make no mistake about it, a vote for Senator Udall is a vote to reinforce President Obama's old and tired policies."
The Colorado GOP also released a statement following the speech, arguing that the president is using the same talking points as he always does.
"Try as he may, Coloradans aren't buying President Obama's tired talking points. The fact is that most Coloradans do not feel that they are doing better after six years of President Obama and Sen. Udall in office," Colorado Republican Committee Chairman Ryan Call said in a news release.
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