Big Bird to Mitt Romney: Thanks For the Love ... Maybe

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Mitt Romney's comment during last night's presidential debate about cutting funding to PBS - despite the fact that he likes Big Bird - did not go over well with the network.

PBS CEO Paula Kerger told CNN in response, "With all the enormous problems facing the country, the fact that we are the focus is unbelievable to me."

"We are America’s biggest classroom, we touch children across the country in every home."

Sesame Street, which stars Big Bird and other lovable puppets, also released a statement this morning following Romney's reference, but stayed out of the fray.

"Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational organization. We do not comment on campaigns, but we're happy we can all agree that everyone likes Big Bird."

Regarding ways to save government money, Romney said:

"I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS ... I like PBS. I love Big Bird ... But I'm not going to keep spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it."

Basically, Romney name-checked the famous Sesame Street character to show his love for the public media network's programming despite his desire to cut federal funding.

Basically, Mitt Romney wants to murder Big Bird.

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This scary Bird is long passed being rid of by any
means possible. Borrowed money from China for
the upkeep on such a fowl is ridiculous..

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Mitt Romney hates yellow feathered people

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I grew up on PBS and I don't think it taught me anything! To be honest, I don't Remember enjoying the shows. Take money away from them and put it in our public SCHOOLS WHO COULD ARGUE WITH $$$$$$$$$$ for Schools instead of PBS

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Hes not wrong! Why should we borrow money from other countries to pay for this type of stuff, yet still have people that cant feed their kids or pay their bills? Kids need food, not Big Bird. And i agree, its not going away. Every time i look at those channels, they are asking for money. You know the ones, send us $200 and we will send you this fine cook book that cost $10! Stop giving money to countries so they can get weapons to use against us! Shame on you for saying he's killing Big Bird! We shouldnt have to give money for TV anyway!Obama seems to want to give money to everybody so he can look good and expects us to foot the bill. He doesnt have to pay for it so why should he care?

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@ Heather

PBS has been around for a little bit longer than Obama has been in office...Hilarious how Republicans want to blame him for anything and everything!

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Just because government subsidies for PBS are reduced does not mean it will go away. PBS can hold fundraisers and get private donations. Furthermore, saying that Sesame Street is America's largest classroom is a sad reflection on parents letting TV teach their children. Take some responsibility America! Mitt is 100% correct! Your children don't NEED Big Bird. They need a secure America with good jobs and a balanced budget!

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