Obama aims to put human face on economic struggles

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the White House Summit On Working Families at the Omni Shoreham hotel June 23, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the White House Summit On Working Families at the Omni Shoreham hotel June 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/26 4:45 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama is spending a day with a Minneapolis mother who wrote to him about her struggles to make ends meet. He's aiming to put a human face on the economic policies Democrats are championing.

The president opens a two-day visit Thursday to Minnesota, where he will hold a town hall meeting, headline a Democratic fundraiser and speak about raising the minimum wage.

The trip's centerpiece is the time Obama will spend with 36-year-old Rebekah Erler of St. Anthony, Minnesota. Her letter made its way to Obama's desk.

Obama and Erler are scheduled to have lunch and make a number of stops in the Minneapolis area. The White House says it's the first of a series of "Day in the Life" visits Obama will make this summer.

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