Romney’s Corporation People, Obama’s Air Force One

Photograph by Bryan Oller/AP Photo

The stairway leading from Air Force One is readied for the arrival of President Barack Obama at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., on May 23, 2012.

The Iowa state fairgrounds are hallowed ground on the presidential campaign trail, a place where candidates courting caucus-goers traditionally take a turn on the local newspaper’s soap box.

This is where Mitt Romney, campaigning for president last summer, famously asserted that “corporations are people.”

President Obama plans a stop for a campaign rally at the fairgrounds  in Des Moines this evening, after touring a company in the wind-power business in Newton, Iowa.

So the Obama campaign was rough and ready this morning with a video replaying Romney’s comments on corporations at the fairgrounds on Aug. 11.

Talking about his reluctance to raise taxes on business, Romney said, “Corporations are people, my friend… of course they are… Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people…. Where do you think it goes?” Romney asked the crowd. Their pockets, came the reply.

“Whose pockets? People’s pockets.”

In the world of rapid campaign video response, the Romney camp might want to cost out the expense of the president’s ride home from his clean-energy promotion in Iowa today. The four-engine jumbo jet known as Air Force One when the president is aboard costs $179,750 per hour to operate, according to the Congressional Research Service.

In the most optimum circumstances, a Boeing 747 gets about one mile to five gallons.


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