The Presidential Debate and Small Business

Advocate for Entrepreneurs Calls Debate "Breakthrough" on Issue Clarity

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement regarding the first presidential debate held in Denver, Colorado last evening:

"This first debate was an effective platform that helped entrepreneurs understand the approach each candidate would take to support business owners through this critical economic period. Small business owners need tax code stability and competitive tax rates. They need regulatory certainty, and lower health coverage and energy costs. The combination of weak sales, rising costs and tight capital markets has put them in a squeeze. Entrepreneurs received some clarity on these issues last evening as President Obama and Governor Romney explained or defended their approach and policy proposals. The key issues of concern for small business owners were front and center last evening. Entrepreneurs want to hear solutions and policies that will not only help them survive, but thrive. They need pro-growth policies that will create the environment for job growth, investment and a higher rate of business startup activity. The debate was a breakthrough in terms of helping small business owners better grasp where the candidates stand on issues. It was a refreshing break from the weary deluge of campaign ads. Hopefully the next two debates will continue the in-depth dialog about important policy issues that are central to economic growth and security, and how to foster a resurgence in entrepreneurial activity."

SBE Council published its first in a series of "Where Do the Candidates' Stand?" on key issues of concern for entrepreneurs. "Obama vs Romney on Taxes" compares the proposals of President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney with regard to taxes and tax system reform. To download a copy of the comparison, please click here. Other comparisons to be released include health care, regulation, energy and trade.

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