La CROSSE, Wisc. -- After some of the most momentous weeks of his presidency, including court victories on gay marriage and Obamacare and an emotional eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, President Barack Obama turned his attention back to an ongoing theme of his presidency: Economic fairness.

“America has always done better economically when we’re all in it together, when everybody gets a fair shot,” he said at a packed fieldhouse at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Julian Bradley, a local Republican Party activist, dismissed Obama’s remarks as a “very political speech.” 

Obama made his case for his economic policies -- a familiar litany of higher minimun wage, affordable college, paid sick days, child care and infrastructure investment -- but with a new wrinkle. Obama defended his decision to change Labor Department overtime rules so that more salaried workers will be eligible for time-and-a-half pay after 40 hours. 

See photos from the presidential visit.

 
 

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