Issues relating to small business were largely neglected in the first Republican presidential debate for 2016—and people noticed. Here's how they reacted to the debate on Twitter.
The inaugural Republican Party debate for the 2016 presidential election, while filled with entertaining banter on a range of topics, lacked discussion on issues relating to a significant portion of Americans: small business.
The GOP debate, which featured the top-10 candidates of the party, would have passed over small business completely if it weren’t for a Facebook user who posed a question to Sen. Marco Rubio: “How can you make the economic environment more favorable for small businesses and entrepreneurs?” While some in the small business community appreciated Rubio’s suggestions on taxes and other regulations to help small biz, others felt neglected.
Here’s how some in the small business community reacted to the debate on Twitter:
— SBE Council (@SBECouncil) August 10, 2015
— Barbara Quandt (@barbicue) August 7, 2015
— Candice (@candicehelfandr) August 7, 2015
— Jaimie Woo (@jwoo9913) August 7, 2015
— Frank Williams (@FrankWilliams) August 7, 2015
— Sean Maroney (@seanmaroney) August 7, 2015
— SBE Council (@SBECouncil) August 7, 2015
— JackMozNFIB (@JackMozNFIB) August 7, 2015
— SBE Council (@SBECouncil) August 6, 2015
— Inc. (@Inc) August 8, 2015
As a small business owner, I’m baffled. These dingbats have absolutely no idea what entrepreneurs need. Clueless and classless. #GOPDebate
— Andrew David Thaler (@SFriedScientist) August 7, 2015
— Main Street 4 Growth (@MainSt4Growth) August 6, 2015
— Richard Magill (@RICHARDMAGILL15) August 6, 2015
— NFIB Colorado (@nfib_co) August 6, 2015
*Note: This news coverage does not equate to an endorsement of any candidate by NFIB.