Hecklers dragged from Ryan speech: ‘Corporations are not people!’

By David Edwards
Friday, September 14, 2012 12:18 EDT
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Paul Ryan speaks at Values Voter Summit
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Protesters on Friday interrupted vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s speech to the Values Voter Summit and were dragged from the building by security personnel.

“Corporations are not people!” one woman screamed as Ryan began his remarks.

“Thank you so much,” Ryan quipped. “I appreciate your support. Thank you so much. I appreciate it.”

While the woman was being dragged from the room, the crowd erupted into chants of “U-S-A!”

Minutes later, a man spoke out during Ryan’s remarks about how President Barack Obama was “dividing up the wealth.”

“Corporations are not people! Corporations are not people!” the man shouted.

“U-S-A! U-S-A!” the crowd again chanted.

“Thank you very much,” Ryan said as the man was quickly removed by two security guards.

According to Talking Points Memo, the protesters at Ryan’s speech on Friday were AIDS activists.

Speaking at the Iowa State Fair last year, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had asserted that “corporations are people.”

Watch this video from CNN, broadcast Sept. 14, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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