Small business owners just can’t seem to get a clear picture about what’s to come — whether it’s the economy or the presidential race between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney. One day, Obama gives a performance in a presidential debate that is panned by critics and supporters alike. Advantage: Romney Then, just two days later, news that the unemployment rate fell in September could set Obama up for a boost. Advantage: Obama. One thing is clear: Both candidates know that small business owners are watching. During Wednesday’s presidential debate, the candidates mentioned small business more than two dozen times. The Associated Press talked with small business owners about hiring and the debate. Many say Romney is the better choice for small business, but they are also feeling good enough to do more hiring.
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