Romney tells a crowd of GOP voters that ‘corporations are people, my friends.’ Crowd laughs in his face. You hear that? That’s sound of scales falling from eyes.
ASSOCIATED PRESS: One questioner asked the GOP presidential candidate what he would do to strengthen Social Security. The voter didn’t like Romney’s pledge not to raise taxes, and interrupted him. Romney pointed angrily at the crowd and told them to give him a chance to answer. After a minutes-long exchange with Romney and the crowd shouting over each other, Romney said, “If you want to speak, you can. But it’s my turn.” Some members in the crowd urged Romney to tax wealthy individuals and corporations to ensure solvency for entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. “There was a time when we didn’t go after people for their success,” Romney said. “If you don’t like my answer, you can vote for someone else,” he added. MORE
RELATED: Mitt Romney can afford to be charitable. The richest remaining candidate in the Republican presidential field has a net worth somewhere north of $200 million. With a fortune amassed as a venture capitalist at his firm, Bain Capital, he has been generous to many community, civic and political advocacy organizations. MORE
RELATED: The town hall season is upon us and members of congress will undoubtedly face questions about the nation’s economic problems, the recent debt ceiling battle, and job creation. That’s on the minds of many employed and out of work Americans and it wasn’t a town hall, but constituents in Speaker John Boehner’s district tried to talk to the Republican House leader on Monday about the lack of jobs in the Speaker’s district. Protestors showed up at his district office in West Chester, Ohio as well as outside a fundraiser at a golf club in Dublin, Ohio. Protestors tried to go into the office to speak to staff, but staffers locked the door. The group then traveled to the country club where, according to protest organizers, police asked them to leave, and told them Boehner “doesn’t choose to come out.” MORE
RELATED: When McCain said he supports a federal hiring freeze, one woman yelled out, “including the military?” When he said he wanted to cut the corporate tax rate by as much as a third, it triggered such a round of angry outbursts and smatterings of applause that McCain asked again for “common courtesy.” When he said he wanted to close loopholes in the tax code, including subsidies for ethanol and sugar, someone yelled, “oil!” The first audience speaker was booed by half the room and applauded by the other when he described himself as a progressive, and demanded to know why McCain won’t support higher taxes on the wealthy. A chorus of “no” greeted McCain’s response: “I think we all want to be rich.” “Oh, we don’t want to be rich. … We have a group of people who don’t want to be rich. That’s fine,” said an amused McCain. MORE
RELATED: Young and old, well educated and uneducated, they’re all coming here for the same thing: a job at the new [Springfield, PA] Walmart, which has set up a hiring center inside the hall; and most of them don’t care how many hours the store can give them, what they’ll have to do, or even how much they’ll be paid. They just want a job. First requirement: Humility. “I’ll take anything,” many say. In less than two weeks, managers have fielded well over 1,000 applications for just 300 job. […] “It’s bad — really bad — and I’m blessed to be working at all,” says J, a father of three who’s applying for a job with his teenager in tow. J didn’t want to give his full name because he already has a job at Home Depot. He’s technically a part-timer there, though he works more or less full-time hours. He receives no health insurance through the job, and the pay isn’t enough to support his family. His goal is to work night shifts at Walmart on top of his hours at Home Depot, for more than 70 hours total. He’s hoping the Walmart gig will even pay a tad more than the Home Depot position. “It’s very necessary,” says J. “I’ll take anything.” MORE