CHICAGO ( MainStreet) -- For U.S. politicians, aligning themselves with "small business" is a sure winner. That's why pitches to small-business owners cropped up again and again at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions: Entrepreneurs represent the American ideal of bold self-reliance and the key to reducing unemployment.In a head-to-head matchup, it's clear the Republican Convention hit harder on small-business issues. Organizers devoted an entire day to the theme "We Built It" and promoted the party's pro-business platform (lower taxes, less regulation). Business-creation stories appeared in almost every high-profile speech, from Ann Romney's reminiscences of her husband's early days at Bain Capital to Paul Ryan praising his mother for going back to school and starting her own company after his father's death.
Parties Find Small Business Doesn't Always Vote Their Ticket
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