GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- Small businesses may not be thriving in this economy, but just why is up for debate. Republicans blame President Obama, while some say small-business owners are hesitant to hire or do much of anything else until they see who wins the White House in November.
Rep. Paul D. Ryan focused the blame on the Obama administration Friday as he visited a Virginia town that is home to two fellow Republicans, Rep. Eric Cantor and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
"We should not have a government that stands in the way, that erects barriers to small business," Ryan said at a rally at Deep Run High School, just outside of Richmond. "We should have policies that help small businesses grow and create jobs."