Mitt Romney says his recent comment in Iowa that "corporations are people" was not a mistake.
Speaking to reporters after a New Hampshire reception Friday night, the former Massachusetts governor said it was astonishing that President Barack Obama doesn't feel the same way.
Romney repeated several times that "businesses are people." He asked whether Democrats believed they were perhaps little men from Mars.
The comments came at Romney's first public appearance since Thursday's Iowa debate. Earlier that day, he first made the comment about corporations to a heckler at a state fair.
Asked about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's entrance into the race, Romney said he could make it a more interesting contest. He vowed to work for Perry, or any other Republican, should he not win the nomination himself.