He’s been sharply critical of President Obama and his economic agenda, but Dan Danner, president of the National Federation of Independent Business, said he has not been overly impressed so far by what the opposition is offering for small businesses.
Mr. Danner said the Republicans still in the running for the GOP presidential nomination are “missing a great opportunity” by not addressing more concretely the needs of small business owners.
“We don’t see a lot of real dialogue from … the candidates on small businesses,” Mr. Danner said in an interview with editors and reporters at the Washington Times on Wednesday. “That’s a great concern for us.”
“We will be very involved in the elections,” said Mr. Danner. “We do think it’s a great opportunity to talk about the things we think are important. If the elections are at least in some significant part about jobs and the economy, to us, that’s pretty synonymous with what small business is about,” he added.
The group’s clout has only grown following the 2010 midterm elections, which saw 23 new NFIB members elected to the House and two - Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Rand Paul of Kentucky - to the Senate.