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Obama Denver Stop Includes Dinner With Woman Helped By Wage Push

Hickenlooper, Udall & Romanoff Won't Attend Cheesman Park Appearance
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WASHINGTON (AP/CBS4) - President Barack Obama is calling attention to a Colorado woman who got a raise after Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage.

Obama will have dinner in Denver on Tuesday with a woman the White House is identifying only as Alex.

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer says Alex’s boss voluntarily raised her pay the day after Obama’s January State of the Union address. That’s when Obama urged Congress to raise the federal minimum to $10.10 an hour. Pfeiffer says the raise allowed Alex to pay her rent and groceries without concern and says Alex wrote Obama to thank him.

Obama has been meeting recently with Americans who personify economic challenges he’s trying to address.

The president is traveling to Colorado this week to give a speech about the economy and raise money for Sen. Mark Udall’s re-election campaign.

He is scheduled to arrive in Denver Tuesday evening and give a speech on Wednesday in Denver’s Cheesman Park. Udall will not be at that event and neither will other big Democrats, Gov. John Hickenlooper and congressional candidate Andrew Romanoff. Both had prior engagements.

Obama later has a closed-door fundraiser for Udall, who is seeking a second term in the Senate.

Udall’s race against Republican congressman Cory Gardner is one of the most competitive Senate races in the country. Gardner has hammered Udall’s support for Obama’s health care law.

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