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Obama mocks GOP message on minimum wage as 'Get off my lawn'

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President Obama in Michigan Wednesday mocked his GOP rivals for their stance on the minimum wage, saying their message amounted to, “Get off my lawn.”

Obama, traveling to the Wolverine State to push Congress to raise the minimum wage said conservatives dismissed the proposal because they believed it helped only young people.

“Next think you know, they’ll say: ‘Get off my lawn,' ” Obama said, poking fun at his opponents during a speech at the University of Michigan.

“You would think this would be a no-brainer,” the president added. “Here’s the problem: Republicans in Congress don’t want to vote to raise it all. In fact, some just want to scrap the minimum wage.”

Conservatives counter that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would kill jobs, forcing employers to hand out pink slips to meet additional expenses.

Obama has already raised the minimum wage for federal contractors, but that measure affects just a few hundred thousand workers.

Obama also used the trip to bask in the announcement that 7.1 million people had signed up for Obamacare, eclipsing the administration's goal despite a deluge of problems with the rollout of the law.

"Oh, by the way, 7.1 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare,” the president told the friendly crowd.

And he mocked Republicans for trying to repeal his signature domestic initiative.

“They do have one original idea, which is to repeal Obamacare,” the president said dismissively.

“It's like that movie ‘Groundhog Day,' ” Obama added, “except it's not funny.”

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