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Nancy Pelosi stops in Toledo to push economic agenda

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Ruby Butler opened her soul food restaurant, Ruby's Kitchen, ten years ago.  Serving home cooked meals is a dream come true but being a minority business owner brings its own challenges.  Ruby was thrilled to learn Nancy Pelosi and other top Democratic leaders were making a stop at her Toledo eatery.

"I love running a restaurant, I just love everything about it," Butler tells 13abc.  "One of the struggles is just surviving. It's just so hard to survive."

Pelosi says the multi-state tour focuses on key issues that impact women like equal pay, better family and sick leave and affordable childcare.
The U.S. lawmaker says these issues could keep businesses like Ruby's Kitchen afloat and bring more customers through her doors.

"When women succeed, America succeeds," Pelosi told the audience.  The focus on economic issues relating to women is a main talking point for the tour, says Pelosi.

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur joined the group for Tuesday's Ohio stops.  She believes the boost to women is a necessary spark to get the local and state economy standing strong.

"We have to find a way to accommodate family life and working life," says Kaptur.

The Democratic leaders plan to take their economic agenda all the way to Washington, but say they need support nationwide, even in cities like Toledo.

"For them to think enough of me to come here, I just can't tell you how honored I am," says Butler.

The economic bus tour will make its last stop tomorrow in Chicago.  Pelosi says she plans to take the stories she's gathered from stops like Toledo to President Obama, who is hosting a conference for working families in three weeks.

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