DE PERE — Democratic leaders say they want to set the record straight when it comes to President Barack Obama's work for small businesses.
"If you want a President that walked into the worst economic catastrophe since the Depression and helped small business owners like this, stick with President Obama," said RT Rybak, the mayor of Minneapolis and the Democratic National Committee's vice chairman.
On Tuesday afternoon, Rybak joined Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and State Senator Dave Hansen at The Pastey Shop in De Pere. The trio's visit was part of a day-long Democratic tour of small businesses across the state.
It comes two days after national and state Republican leaders made a similar bus tour to Republican headquarters throughout Wisconsin.
"If we win Wisconsin, it's lights out for Barack Obama. It's that simple," said Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Romney supporters' dubbed their tour the 'We Did Build This Tour.' Similar tours are happening across the country. They are in reference to comments the President made earlier this month in Virginia.
"Somebody invested in roads and bridges, if you've got a business, you didn't build that," said Obama on July 13th.
Democrats say Republicans are taking those comments out of context.
"Talk is cheap in a campaign, lets look at the record of a President whose been investing since the day he took office in helping small business," said Rybak.
Democrats point to 18 tax cuts aimed at helping small businesses during Obama's first term.
Republicans say gatherings like the one on Sunday in Green Bay prove small business owners want change.
"What we had was a natural outrage coming from small business owners all across the country including Wisconsin," said Tim Miller, a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee.
Voters head to the polls for President on November 6th.
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