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State political parties debate local job growth

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It's another busy afternoon at Niedlov's Bakery on East Main Street.

Owner John Sweet says the small business economy in Chattanooga is the backbone of the city's growth year after year.

"I'm a middle class person hiring middle class people and I wish there was more support for the middle class," Sweet says.

Since President Obama took office, the state hit double-digit unemployment numbers in 2010 and gradually improved.

Chattanooga has followed the same trend, but the most recent numbers show the city remains higher than the national average.

Today Tennessee Democratic leaders met ahead of the President's visit, saying the party's policies under Governor Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, helped bring thousands of manufacturing jobs to Chattanooga and raise Tennessee out of an economic slump.

Chris Anderson with the state Democratic party says, "Clearly voters chose his middle class economic message in this state twice, and I think that has laid the foundation for a lot of the business growth we have had here."

Tennessee Republican leaders fired off a Youtube commercial to the President welcoming him, just not his policies.

This, of course, has both parties in a political tug of war on the city's growth.

Hamilton County Republican Chair Tony Sanders says, "I am glad that he is coming to showcase Chattanooga, but he needs to understand that nothing he has done that has created what we have done in Chattanooga."

Anderson fires back saying, "I prefer ads that are factual and not so made up. I think this is just wishful thinking on the part of the Republican party."

At the end of the debate, Sweet says both parties help growth.

His hope is that leaders in Washington can take pressure off the middle class.

"I don't know what the answers are but I hope Washington can come together and make the decisions and make the compromises to help bolster our middle class."

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