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Big Bird to Mitt Romney

Thanks for the Shoutout!

(Even Though You Want Me Dead)

10/4/2012 9:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Big Bird
and the rest of the fine people at Sesame Street don't give two craps about Mitt Romney's politics -- but they're PUMPED he gave BB a shoutout during last night's Presidential debate ... despite the whole "Death to PBS" thing.

Sesame Street released a statement this morning following Romney's Big Bird reference, saying, "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."

In case you missed the debate last night, Romney mentioned Big Bird in reference to cutting PBS funding in order 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."

A rep for Sesame Street -- which has been a partner of PBS for 43 years -- says the show relies on PBS to distribute its commercial-free programming to children. In other words, no PBS ... no Sesame Street.

The CEO of PBS Paula Kerger told CNN this morning, "With 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."

Long story short, Romney wants to kill Big Bird.

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16.

HRH Prince Michael    

Firstly, "Sesame Street", has amassed a fortune through licensing and other revenue-streams - while being broadcast on "Public Television".


Secondly, PBS, -for years- has championed the work and efforts of a select few, and nearly forgotten entire segments of "America". This, is not acceptable. Meanwhile, it's Radio counterpart
NPR, has long been a glorified "governmental"
propaganda-source, while, -again- ignoring entire
segments of "America".


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750 days ago
17.

Ih8Taxes    

My kid lost all interest in Big Bird after he heard him speak in Spanish.

750 days ago
18.

Jenny    

heaven forbid we have a president who will care more about our countries debt problem than a puppet show... let PBS and seasame street find their own funding just like every other network/show out there. btw Romney made obama look like a high school kid...

750 days ago
19.

myopinion    

I missed last nights debate so I can't comment I heard Romney did well that's great! Obama 2012

750 days ago
20.

Joe    

I know society is getting dumber by the day, but after the last 4 years (and last night); how can anyone in their right mind still vote for Obama?

750 days ago
21.

Kris Jenner and Kim K = money hungry plastic sellouts.    

big bird for president.

750 days ago
22.

Kris Jenner and Kim K = money hungry plastic sellouts.    

big bird > romney

750 days ago
23.

StarryStarryNight    

is getting your a$$ kicked covered by obamacare?

750 days ago
24.

Phishie from Philly    

Long story short, Obama spent to much money over the last 4 years so that's why there's no money for the biggest classroom in the world. Blame Obama!
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Phishie from Philly

750 days ago
25.

Paul Z    

Romney exposed Obama as a cheap Chicago left-wing politician who cares only that he get re-elected to a position he is grotesquely unequipped for -- yet doesn’t take even that position seriously enough to read Economics 101.

750 days ago
26.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Sorry Romney, I'm not in that classroom that likes to "touch" children across the country in every home.

750 days ago
27.

ashley     

rommey need to not worry about pbs he needs to worry about biger things ! i am not a fan of obama at all i have never been a fan and never will be a fan. but to thorw out a channel like obs is stuiped. the low income familys use there shows to help teach there kids. my lil girl loves and watch the shows on pbs everyday and let me tell you this it has tought her so much that i can't teach her cuz we cant pay for childcare , and i work long hours so rommey needs to find a dffrent way to cut back..like his pay or biger things !

750 days ago
28.

Throwback kid    

Obama is lost without his teleprompter, he proved last night he can't think quick on his feet. Romney beat him to the punch every time and made Obama look weak and unprepared. Obama looked shocked that Romney knew so much more about economics than he does. The buzz in my office is how weak Obama looked last night

750 days ago
29.

Cromulent    

Romney doesn't want to *kill* Big Bird. He wants BB to fly on his own with public monies. Sesame Street makes a ton of cash.

750 days ago
30.

JMWSIEB    

Wow...is this all you can manage to dig up, TMZ? Pitiful.

750 days ago
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