Pitch-perfect: Mitt Romney’s ‘people are corporations’ set to Barbara Streisand song

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The exchange that drove the day wasn’t from the debate but from 10 hours earlier, when a shirt-sleeved, perspiring Romney — standing on hay bales at the Des Moines Register‘s “Presidential Soap Box” on opening day of the Iowa State Fair — told a hostile questioner: “[I]f we are ultimately … going to be able to balance our budget and not spend more than we take in, we have to make sure that the promises we make in Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare are promises we can keep. And there are various ways of doing that. One is we could raise taxes on people. That’s not the way – ”

Q: “Corporations! Corporations! Corporations!”

ROMNEY: “Corporations are people, my friend. We could raise taxes on – ”

Q: “No, they’re not.”

ROMNEY: “Of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. … Where do you think it goes?”

Q: “It goes into their pockets.”

ROMNEY: “Whose pockets? Whose pockets? … [H]uman beings, my friend.”

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