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President Obama talks minimum wage during college visit

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President Barack Obama was at Central Connecticut State University on Wednesday speaking about increasing the minimum wage and giving Americans the raise he says they deserve.

President Obama was joined by governors of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and Connecticut.

As the president took the stage in the university's gym, iPhones were out, taking photos and video, facebooking, tweeting and instagramming the president .

"I love you," Obama shouted to the crowd of students.

He was on stage 20 minutes early, speaking about the minimum wage and achieving the American dream.

"It doesn't matter what you look like, where you come from, what your last name is, who you love. What matters is the strength of your work ethic, the power of your dreams and your willingness to take responsibility for yourself, but also for the larger society. That's what makes America the place. That it is why it continues to be a beacon attracting people from all around the world," said Obama.

He noted as a country, we're still working to achieve that dream.

"Folks are at the top who are doing better than ever, but average wages have barely budged," said Obama.

The president said raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour will help millions of hard-working families, reduce poverty and increase overall wages in lower-income homes.

He explained to the crowd America is doing well, but could be doing better.

"The unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in over five years. Those are things that we should be proud of, but there are some trends out there that have been battering the middle class for a long, long time," said Obama.

After his speech in Connecticut, Obama traveled to Boston to visit the Democratic National Committee.

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