"Corporations Are People, My Friends" Says Romney in Iowa
As Sarah Palin's back-from-the-dead magical mystery tour bus heads to Iowa and the other GOP candidates descend upon the state for the big (overhyped) straw poll, one of the candidates has already gotten himself into hot water just a few hours in.
The Hill has this brief reportof a little tangle Mitt Romney got involved in thanks to some tough questions during his "soapbox" speech, which was broadcast on CSPAN:
The first two questioners pointedly asked Romney why he wouldn't raise the cap on Social Security taxes, or promise not to cut benefits in Medicare.
The tentative GOP presidential frontrunner accused the hecklers of wanting to raise taxes. The back-and-forth persisted throughout the Q-and-A period.
"If you don't like my answer, you can go vote for someone else," he said. "If you want someone who will raise taxes, you can vote for Barack Obama."
Romney also made a defense of his free-market belief with a line sure to be dredged up by his political opponents: "Corporations are people, my friends."
Yep, they've got that prediction right!
Read more here, and watch the ThinkProgress video below:
Meanwhile, as ThinkProgress also notes, the candidate also got some "thank you" balloons from health-care activists, reminding him and other voters that his work passing health care reform in Massachusetts paved the way for the Affordable Care Act, so reviled by conservatives.