Divided They Stand

They all want your vote. But what are their views on small-business issues?

Out on the presidential campaign trail, small business is like motherhood and apple pie: No one is against entrepreneurs. Nevertheless, the four major candidates do have some disagreements about what they'd actually do for small companies on key issues, such as health care, taxes, tort reform, and e-commerce. Where do they stand on Medical Savings Accounts, which would offer tax breaks to individuals who set aside money for health care? What about the accrual method of accounting, the little-noticed, recently enacted tax measure that has made it extremely difficult for entrepreneurs to sell their businesses? Here's a scorecard, including each candidate's rating from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the leading, and generally rightward-leaning, small-business lobby.

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