You could forgive small business owners for feeling unloved in last night's Republican debates.
Apart from a single question taken from the audience via Facebook--a partner with Fox News for the event--about the one thing candidates would do to make the economy more favorable for small business owners, entrepreneurs got scant attention.
Here's how it breaks down by the numbers from media intelligence company Cision, which studied social media activity around the debates.
In the Twitter-sphere, out of 450,000 Tweets related to the debates, the phrase "small business" was mentioned a scant 868 times, while "entrepreneur" and "entrepreneurship" were mentioned a mere 69 and 79 times respectively.
Not surprisingly, Donald Trump got the most mentions in Tweets. He reeled in 150,895. Ben Carson came in second, though with far less noise, at 48,063 Tweets. Carly Fiorina, the night's dark horse candidate, occupied 10th place on the list, with 29,837 Tweets. She was just behind Ohio Governor John Kasich, who launched his campaign less than three weeks ago and was the subject of 30,011 Tweets.
By the way, it was Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who tackled the question on small business. He snagged 40,280 Tweets, which put him in fifth place* on the list of Twitter standouts. Here's what he said he'd do to help entrepreneurs:
- Lower the corporate tax rate to 25 percent from it current 35 percent
- Limit regulations
- Repeal Obamacare
- Improve higher education to bolster critical job skills
- Repeal the Dodd-Frank banking law
"It begins by having leaders that recognize that the economy we live in today is dramatically different from the one we had five years ago," Rubio said. "It's an economy that now has placed us in global competition with dozens of other countries around the world."
*An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated the rankings of a number of the candidates. Ben Carson has been added, and the rankings of Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina have been adjusted.