Sen. John McCain: “corporations are not people”

Senator McCain embraced our view that corporations are not people in an interview with Judy Woodruff on the PBS NewsHour broadcast today.

The relevant parts begin at the 7:28 mark, and the key excerpt is transcribed below.   (If you see only a blank space immediately below, please either wait a minute or so for the video to load and appear, or try clicking the link to the PBS News Hour below.)

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Here’s the key excerpt (at 9:56)

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: Yes. That is a great deal of money. And, again, we need a level playing field and we need to go back to the realization that Teddy Roosevelt had that we have to have a limit on the flow of money, and that corporations are not people.

That’s why we have different laws that govern corporations than govern individual citizens. And so to say that corporations are people, again, flies in the face of all the traditional Supreme Court decisions that we have made — that have been made in the past.

(The full transcript and video are visible at:)

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/jan-june12/mccain_06-14.html
 

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