Romney explained that one way to fulfill promises on entitlement programs is to “raise taxes on people,” but before he could articulate his position on not raising taxes, someone interrupted.
“Corporations!” a protester shouted, apparently urging Romney to raise taxes on corporations that have benefited from loopholes in the tax code. “Corporations!”
“Corporations are people, my friend,” Romney said.
Some people in the front of the audience shouted, “No, they’re not!”
“Of course they are,” Romney said. “Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. Where do you think it goes?”
There were other tense moments in Romney’s 20-minute appearance at the fair. People interrupted the former Massachusetts governor with chants of “Wall Street greed!” Some in the audience tried to shout questions over Romney, and he at times shouted back.
“Hold on a moment, let me speak! Hold on a moment!” he said.
“You get to ask your question, I get to give my answer and if you don’t like my answer you can vote for someone else,” Romney said.
At one point, Romney poked fun at the hecklers, saying: “My guess is they won’t be voting for me.”