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Chamber of Commerce seeks to mobilize pro-business vote

At a time when many small business owners are unhappy with President Obama’s policies, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has launched a new video campaign urging people to get out and vote in favor of business and jobs in November.

“We must do everything we possibly can to mobilize the pro-enterprise vote and encourage all those who own, run, or work in our businesses to cast their vote,” chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said in a press release.

Donohue argues that free enterprise is essential to economic recovery.

“With strong free enterprise support in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, we can put the economic struggles of recent years behind us and create a new era of jobs, prosperity, and hope for our fellow citizens.”

Titled “Get Out The Vote” (GOTV), the new campaign video will be sent to the chamber’s “grassroots army of business activists” and be featured on their website, VoteForJobs2012.com.

“People talk about America’s  had it’s best days, we’re never going to go there again, our children aren’t going to do as well as we did,” Donohue says in a speech featured in the ad.

“If that’s true, that’s our fault, not theirs,” he says. “And if we get business people out to vote, they’re going to be better off no matter what.”

“Many in the business community feel attacked by Obama,” hedge fund manager Leon Cooperman wrote an open letter to the president last year criticizing what he sees as class warfare rhetoric against the super rich.

“But as a taxpaying businessman with a weekly payroll to meet and more than a passing familiarity with the ways of both Wall Street and Washington, I do feel justified in asking you: is the tone of the current debate really constructive?” Cooperman asked.

In each debate, both the president and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have tried to emphasize that they would take the country in different directions.

“Voters are being given a clear choice in this election, in the sense that Obama and Romney represent distinct visions about the future of government policies,”  Joel Achenbach wrote in the Washington Post in a piece on the meaning of the election.

Achenbach discusses the importance of domestic issues in this campaign and the need to address the country’s fiscal situation, regardless of who wins November 6.

“Do we want more government involvement in the economy or less?” He asks. “Do we need radical changes or more modest reforms? When the Democrats and Republicans finally decide on a Grand Bargain…who should be in the White House to sign that bill into law?”

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