Obama and Small Business
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who chairs the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, has been hitting the trail in support of presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), so the Small Business Blog took a look at Obama's commitment to small firms.
Washington Post Staff Writer Peter Slevin reports today that Kerry, who is seeking re-election, "jetted to small gatherings around Texas this weekend, telling audiences that Obama, 18 years his junior and barely schooled in Washington's ways, could lead a transformational presidency."
Kerry's staff told the Small Business Blog last month that, as chairman of the small business panel, Kerry supports Obama because: "I know that in President Obama we'll have a champion for small businesses who will make it a priority to bring hope and prosperity to underserved communities by expanding entrepreneurial opportunities for all. He's got a good plan to fix our health care crisis, provide tax relief to small businesses and start ups, and increase access to capital for minority entrepreneurs. He's running on these issues, he's talking about them with real passion. I know he will make it a priority to level the playing field for small business owners, including minorities, women and veterans, and all those working to bridge the wealth gap in rural and urban communities. I have personally worked with Obama in the Senate for fair media ownership rules that will allow small, minority and women-owned firms to compete, and on legislation to improve financing opportunities for small businesses."
I searched Obama's presidential campaign Web site for his position on small business issues and didn't turn up much. Small business is not included as its own category on a drop down menu of important issues, which includes topics such as civil rights, foreign policy and veterans. Nor is it included in an "additional issues" list covering topics such as the arts, Hurricane Katrina, sportsmen and transportation. However, his positions on some issues that the small business community rallies around like health insurance, trade and the research and development tax credit are sprinkled within different topics throughout the site.
When I asked the Obama campaign last month for his positions on small business, they forwarded this document (pdf) outlining his ideas to boost aid to small firms. The campaign clearly does have a small business platform, but it wasn't clear to me where it is on the site. Has anyone else had luck finding it?
Washingtonpost.com's Small Business Blog will take a look at other front-runner candidates' positions on small business in the near future.
By Sharon McLoone |
February 25, 2008; 1:16 PM ET
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