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A whopping 73 percent of survey respondents said they have a favorable opinion of Mr. Crist, while 16 percent rate him unfavorably. Mrs. Sink, a former Florida chief financial officer, held a favorable rating of 55 percent and an unfavorable rating of 21 percent.

SENATE

Reid mocks Ryan’s marathon time claim

The Senate Democratic leader says Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s math doesn’t add up — on marathons or budgets.

Majority Leader Harry Reid opened the Senate session Monday by mocking Mr. Ryan, who had to correct his initial claim last month of running a marathon in “2 hour and 50-something.” In fact, Mr. Ryan’s time was just over 4 hours.

Mr. Reid, who finished the 1972 Boston Marathon in three hours, 16 minutes, says that based on Mr. Ryan’s math, he could have made the Olympic team. Mr. Reid said Mr. Ryan’s math doesn’t work with budgets, Medicare or taxes.

Mr. Reid said the math from presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Mr. Ryan doesn’t add up.

WHITE HOUSE

Obama: I’ve cut taxes for small business 18 times

President Obama says his administration has cut taxes on small business 18 times over the past 31/2 years.

In an interview broadcast Monday on WPYO-FM in Orlando, Fla., the president says the Small Business Administration has expanded its lending capacity and lowered fees during the recent recession.

A lot of companies, he said, “kept their doors open because of what we did through the SBA.”

The president says he’s ordered the head of the SBA to test all of its forms and applications with business owners. If the paperwork proves too complicated or time-consuming, he says, it should be simplified.

He said he wants to better promote the SBA with small-business owners to “make it something people can take advantage of.”

CAMPAIGN

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