US DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE KERRY CAMPAIGNS IN VIRGINIA.
U.S. Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry speaks to voters at a campaign visit to Northern Virginia Community College, in Alexandria, June 18, 2004. Kerry proposed on Friday raising the minimum wage to $7 by 2007, a hike he said would allow struggling families to pay for 10 months of groceries or eight months of rent. His plan to phase in an increase of $1.85 an hour would most benefit women, an important constituency in the Nov. 2 presidential election, his campaign said. REUTERS/Mannie Garcia US ELECTION MG/GN