Ex-Democratic senator working for regulation foes

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Federation of Independent Business is endorsing Republicans over Democrats by a better than 10-1 margin in congressional races this year. But when the small business group needed someone to head its campaign for rolling back federal regulations, it turned to former Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas.

Lincoln lost her seat in 2010 in an avalanche of defeats for vanishing Southern Democrats. In part it was because conservatives believed she was too close to President Barack Obama and liberals thought she was too distant from Democratic issues.

Lincoln doesn't feel strange joining the NFIB's cause and bringing her centrist approach to efforts to stop what it calls a tidal wave of federal regulations. She says there's "a place for compromise" and calls herself "a problem-solving Democrat."

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