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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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46.

JDUB    

That shocked me that he would go after Sesame Street. That just painted him as even more of a heartless, evil demon.

688 days ago
47.

Jordan    

Mitt Romney Hates Kids so much but yet claims to promote education wants to fire Big Bird and seasame street. PBS has been promoting educational shows since its beginging and Mitt wants to disband the network for no apparent reason other than he does not want childeren to have safe TV,

688 days ago
48.

Truth    

Actually less than 20% of PBS funding comes from the government. They would survive just fine. Big Bird is part of a billion dollar corporation.

688 days ago
49.

Jordan    

I agree Mitt children should not be watching educational shows like seasme street they should be watching real educational shows like Mob wives, Basketball wives, Keeping up with the Kardashian and all shows Kardashian, The real house wives franchise. Here comes Honey BOO BOO, jersey Shore, All of Jersey shore spinoffs. If you want to educate the kids give them what they need a hard dose of fake reality TV,

688 days ago
50.

lady    

even though i should have voted last election this first time voter is going for Romney sorry Obama is just a celebrity.

688 days ago
51.

Denver    

PBS is a drop in the bucket and would have no effect on the deficit. It's been a Rep battle cry for years that has never been done. Drop the Bush tax cuts. That will slash the deficit. Slash military spending, but the Reps get too much money from the defense contractors to do that.

688 days ago
52.

Lauren     

He is on the right path. The government is SO far in debt that we NEED to do some cutting of unnecessary spending. PBS can easily get advertising and sponsorships, and stay on the air and it wont cost taxpayers a dime. Now lets see what else he wants to cut spending on.

688 days ago
53.

tver    

Hey TMZ Why didn't you post my response comment regarding Fascism (corporate take over of government) & WWII with regard to dismantling funding of PBS?

688 days ago
54.

buffalobaroness    

How typical TMZ. Romney wiped the floor with Obama and you choose the Big Bird statement? Romney's right! Stop spending money on crap we don't need especially if we are borrowing from China to do it! Just like Obama last night, you're making points for Romney but you are too stupid to know it!

688 days ago
55.

Yes    

Most of PBS money comes from PRIVATE donations and not the government, so Big Bird is safe. If it helps to even cut the little bit that the government does give to PBS to prevent our grandchildren from the horrid debt Obama put us in, so be it!

688 days ago
56.

dierdre    

Romney reminds me of some cartoon character. The way he bats his eyes is soooooo annoying. I am an Obama supporter, and altho Romney won last nite, these debates are far from over. Yes our President was tired, if the stiff himself Romney were running our Country, he would be tired too. PERIOD>>>>>>>>>>

688 days ago
57.

Reggie4Now    

Death to Smoochy not Big Bird!

688 days ago
58.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Telling lies is not kicking ass, maybe it is on Kolob, but it's not on this planet.

688 days ago
59.

Skip    

"Long story short, Romney wants to kill Big Bird." What an utterly stupid comment to make.

688 days ago
60.

Bruno    

Sesame Street is part of the liberal agenda to brain wash our kids. Why else would they have Cookie Moster give up his cookies and choose veggies instead? LOL.

688 days ago
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