AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The 2012 Election may feel a lot like 2002 for two Maine politicians: Maine Senate President Kevin Raye and Congressman Mike Michaud.
Republican Kevin Raye is challenging Democratic incumbent Congressman Mike Michaud for Maine's 2nd District seat for the second time in 10 years.
Michaud narrowly defeated Raye back then, but Raye said a lot has changed in 10 years, mainly the state of the economy.
After serving as Maine's Senate President and running Raye's Mustard Plant in Eastport, he said he's ready for a second try at the seat.
Raye said his background in both the private sector and government makes him the better advocate for small business -- and a nonpartisan nonprofit agrees.
The National Federation for Independent Businesses endorsed Raye in press conferences in Auburn and Bangor Wednesday.
"As a business owner and job creator, Kevin knows what it's like to sign the front of a paycheck," said NFIB spokesperson Christopher Carlozzi.
The NFIB tracks voting records and rates politicians based on policy decisions that impact small businesses.
The NFIB gave Raye a perfect 100 perecent rating.
It gave Michaud a 0.
"My rating with small business is 100 percent, and my opponent has a 0. It doesn't get much more starker than that," said Raye.
But Michaud said that score does not reflect his Congressional record accurately.
A spokesperson for the Congressman said Michaud has worked to pass the Small Business Jobs Act, and passed an amendment to a law that spurred more than $132 million in small business lending in Maine, among other acheivements.