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Mitt Romney Says 'Corporations are People', Gets Heckled at Iowa State Fair: VIDEO

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Mitt Romney was heckled after defending corporate rights on the campaign trail at the Iowa State Fair today, TPM reports:

Responding to a question from an audience member as to why Social Security should be included in deficit talks when it doesn't add to the deficit, Romney drifted into a defense of corporate rights.

"Corporations are people, my friend," he said. "Of course they are."

After receiving jeers from the audience over the quote, he elaborated: "Everything corporations earn goes to people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? People's pockets. Human beings, my friend."

Romney also raised his voice at another heckler (at 2:00 into the second clip):

"If you don’t like my answer, you can go vote for someone else."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Romney raises his voice at another heckler:

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  1. The guy asking the question was an idiot. How are you going to strengthen Medicare and Social Security without cutting benefits? Well, there's only two other things you can do. You can raise taxes or you can create a bureaucracy which will only approve healthcare spending on certain effective procedures (i.e. cutting benefits). Romney's answer, while maybe not eloquent, was perfectly reasonable given that projections for Medicare show deficits growing every year.

    Posted by: KD | Aug 11, 2011 5:16:34 PM


  2. Well he's right. It's stupid to hate corporations... most shareholders of corporations are teachers, union members,and other hard-working democrats, invested in the stock market through pension plans, 401(k) plans, and all the other benefits workers have fought for over the years.

    You think Democrats don't take most of their campaign contributions from corporations, or do you think all the poor and downtrodden folks finance everything around here?

    Anyone who starts ranting on about how evil corporations are, is just blasting verbal diarrhea at us like all the other political hacks (of both parties).

    And what the f*** does Mitt Romney have to do with gay issues anyways? Do all you nice, tolerant people hate Mormons (irony) for their religious/moral views, or do they have a right to think their own thoughts even at the risk of offending people, just like you and me?

    Grow up and face reality!!!

    Posted by: Abraham Lincoln | Aug 11, 2011 5:38:57 PM


  3. Fred: Barf.

    Posted by: Timothy in DC | Aug 11, 2011 5:45:03 PM


  4. He seems to be totally out touch with reality

    Posted by: jaragon | Aug 11, 2011 5:54:35 PM


  5. Well if I'm so out of touch with reality, do you think Obama's bajillion-dollar-per-plate campaign fundraiser in Chicago last weekend was financed by people on a fixed Social Security income, or people who get their paychecks and pension checks from corporations?

    Get a clue, work hard, and make money, cause the government's gonna do s*** for you when you retire if you rely upon politicians to save you.

    Posted by: Abraham Lincoln | Aug 11, 2011 6:03:27 PM


  6. Uh, Romney is right on this one. (He's using "are" not to mean genus/species, but something like "consists of" -- cf Bill Clinton, "it depends what the meaning of 'is' is.")

    There are real reasons to criticize this awful dude, but this one just makes liberals look dense.

    Posted by: John | Aug 11, 2011 6:35:06 PM


  7. abraham lincoln

    FALSE!

    the majority of stock holders in the US

    top 1% of population owns 40% of stock

    top 9% owns 80% of stocks in companys

    Those are all multi millionaires to billionaires not teachers etc

    Stop with the repub talking points people

    Posted by: say what | Aug 11, 2011 6:39:22 PM


  8. Joe, KD, John, and Abraham are what is wrong with this country.

    Posted by: anonymous | Aug 11, 2011 6:44:39 PM


  9. Just as Newt spoke the not to be spoken truth regarding the Ryan budget proposal, Romney has spoken aloud the hidden truth of the Republican Party's big campaign donors. Bye-Bye Romney.

    Posted by: PLAINTOM | Aug 11, 2011 7:16:00 PM


  10. Romney has made here a really stark and candid statement of his philosophy. Mind you Romney comes from a background of great privilege, and I imagine he has had a long history of trying to justify that privilege -- while the masses work their butts off to just keep food on the table -- in his little brain.

    The man has otherwise been flat-out evil on gay issues. He courted the gay community in Massachusetts when he needed our votes, but then turned around and became no less than THE LEADER of the opposition to legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts when he had his eye on higher office. This was a huge betrayal, tied only to his uber-narcissistic personal ambition. Never forget that, especially as it appears that the majority of the country is now in favor of marriage equality. He is a dirtbag, as far as I am concerned.

    (It's too bad that he is physically gorgeous. So was Ted Bundy. I think his looks have contributed to his sense of entitlement and unearned importance. Ugh.)

    Posted by: We the corporations | Aug 11, 2011 9:05:44 PM


  11. Defending a corporation has never made sense to me expect from those that want corporations to have more abilities and rights than people. They are suppose to provide goods and services to US. They aren't people!

    Romney continues to show he's so out of touch, even at his own rallies "Im unemployed too" "Corporations are people" and he has fired thousands. This is what we need for our economy? I'm mad at Obama but i will never vote for someone who made a living off of firing people!

    Posted by: Redebbm | Aug 11, 2011 9:12:40 PM


  12. Corporationa are people. Mitt has been in bed with corporations for years. He knows.

    Posted by: terry | Aug 11, 2011 9:20:54 PM


  13. Reminds me of the "ketchup is a vegetable" incident back in the Reagan Bush years. School lunches.


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    Posted by: kodiak | Aug 11, 2011 9:41:01 PM


  14. My 401K is tied to corporations... I've lost a lot this past week.... just saying.

    Posted by: Bri | Aug 11, 2011 9:44:29 PM


  15. Don't waste your breath on Mittens. Perry is the One.

    Posted by: Morning Tundra | Aug 11, 2011 9:55:44 PM


  16. Mitt face is all about the sound bites "I'm not gunna rasie taxes!" ... well Mitt face, you raised them in MA in order to save your state .. and then he doesn't even give a real answer to the question. He has no idea what the hell he's doing.

    Posted by: Reality | Aug 11, 2011 10:41:18 PM


  17. @ BOBBY JOE:

    Agreed that this won't be an election issue but it is not because of Democrat's stupidity. That's a huge mis-assessment of the situation.

    Democrats won't mention it because they are as governed and subservient to the same power structure. This is beyond the purview of tactical brilliance on the part of Republicans or tactical missteps on the part of Democrats.

    Posted by: Tarun | Aug 11, 2011 11:32:56 PM


  18. Romney IS corporate america and he stands nowhere near the working people of this country.

    Posted by: Frank | Aug 11, 2011 11:47:31 PM


  19. Another open mouth, insert foot comment from Romney. Keep blowing your lead.

    Posted by: Max | Aug 11, 2011 2:07:24 PM

    So Miss Mmax that settles it. I now see why you're racist with your rants against Blacks all the time. You're a F@ggie Republican! Ahhhhhhhhh!

    Posted by: Maxine Black | Aug 12, 2011 2:19:08 AM


  20. And the DNC has proven all you naysayers wrong:

    http://www.towleroad.com/2011/08/dncromney.html

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Aug 12, 2011 12:31:04 PM


  21. While incredibly shortsighted to say it outside of a classroom (not to mention as a presidential candidate), in economics and legal classes I've taken, corporations are, indeed, considered "people" by the law. The Supreme Court declared it so in 1886 - the same year Coca Cola was invented. We've progressed a bit since then...Well...Coca Cola has progressed at least.

    Posted by: gwaffair | Aug 12, 2011 2:16:40 PM


  22. Mitt Romney really stepped into a big juicy Iowa cowpie this time, didn't he? I wrote a satirical piece about the "Mitt Romney Revised Version" of the U.S. Constitution, called "We The Corporations." Here's the link: http://debutopia.blogspot.com/2011/08/we-corporations.html#more

    Posted by: Debutopia | Aug 13, 2011 11:11:01 AM


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