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Sen. Reid's Small Business Pitch for President Obama

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The Reno-Sparks job market is seeing a little bit of light. Our unemployment rate for September dropped for the first time since April, and the holiday hiring outlook is positive. Senator Reid's reaction? "We're happy that things are getting better, but we're not happy where we are. We need to do better."

Reid took his case for President Obama to a Reno business today (Tuesday), Ritchie's BBQ Place off Wells Avenue. His message: that the president supports small business. But there have been many local business owners come out in support of Mitt Romney, who has pledged to lower corporate tax rates by nearly 30%. Reid says that's unaffordable. As he told us, "Romney's financial plan, even before you get to the present money we owe, would increase the debt by $8 trillion."

Don Clark, who owns the Reno architectural firm Cathexes, came out for this campaign visit. He has heard Romney's proposals to cut his taxes, and drop new health care mandates for his employees too. He still doesn't support him. "I think he's saying what people want to hear. He shifts his position, and he shifts his thinking depending on the situation."

As for Election Day, Reid has a prediction. For the U.S. Senate: "Oh yeah, we'll pick up seats. It's not a question of keeping a majority. We're going to pick up some seats." And how close will the presidential election be? "The presidential election is going to be close."

The senator is familiar with close elections. He lost one senate race by 524 votes, and won another by 428. He says the president will still win Nevada. Yet he doesn't argue it's been a trying 4 years. Despite the drop in unemployment, it's still very high. Any recovery will take time, especially as companies wait until the election is over…to see which way the economy really goes.

-written by John Potter

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