- The Washington Times - Monday, August 1, 2016

Hillary Clinton vowed Monday to be a “small-business president” if she’s elected to the White House, saying she’ll make it easier for start-ups to get access to capital and find the best trained employees across the country.

At a campaign rally in Omaha, Mrs. Clinton contrasted her economic approach to that of her Republican rival Donald Trump, who critics have repeatedly accused of stiffing his own small-business contractors when building his casinos, golf courses and other projects.

“If you hire someone to do a job and they do it, you pay them. You don’t go around bullying small businesses because you can,” Mrs. Clinton said at the rally, joined on stage by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, an outspoken Clinton supporter.

“Small businesses are the backbone of this economy, and I want to be a small business president,” the former first lady added.

Mrs. Clinton also hit Mr. Trump for what she says is the billionaire’s pessimistic attitude toward America, questioning how a candidate so critical of his own country could lead the economy in the right direction.

“For the life of me, I don’t know why someone runs to be president of the United States who thinks and says we never win anymore, our country is full of losers,” she said. “Well, he could not be more wrong. We are going to fix and build the roads, the bridges, the tunnels, the ports, the airports, the water systems we need … and we are going to bring diverse economic development to rural communities, to support our farmers and other sin small towns who keep America going.”

• Ben Wolfgang can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

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