Romney Spars With Hecklers in Iowa

His 'corporations are people' line doesn't go over well
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2011 12:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – Mitt Romney's appearance at the Iowa State Fair today got lively when he sparred with audience members at a Q&A, reports the Hill. "If you don’t like my answer, you can go vote for someone else," he said at one point. "If you want someone who will raise taxes, you can vote for Barack Obama." One person accused him of not asking corporations to kick in their fair share, prompting this response: "Corporations are people, my friend... of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People's pockets. Human beings my friend."

Democrats already are pouncing, notes the Huffington Post. "This is what Mitt Romney is going to run on? Corporations are people? Really?" said party communications chief Brad Woodhouse. During the exchanges, Romney drew applause from supporters with this line: "There was a time in this country where we didn't celebrate attacking people based on their success." (Read more Mitt Romney 2012 stories.)

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