HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Governor Mitt Romney generated endless headlines when, during the first presidential debate, he referenced Big Bird while citing federal funding for PBS as something he would be willing to cut from the budget. President Barack Obama’s campaign quickly latched onto the remark, using it to belittle the seriousness of Mr. Romney’s budget plans. Mr. Obama even released a television advertisement based completely off the Big Bird flap. Though Republicans subsequently criticized the Obama campaign’s focus on the Muppet as unserious, the president brought up the comment again on stage during tonight’s debate.
Both campaigns battled over Big Bird this morning, with President Barack Obama’s team releasing a video focusing on Mitt Romney’s comment during the presidential debate that he would stop the federal subsidy to PBS potentially shutting down Sesame Street despite the fact he said, “I love Big Bird.” Mr. Romney’s mention of the beloved muppet almost instantly went viral and the Obama campaign’s new clip showed they have no intention of letting the discussion die. The Romney campaign responded to the Big Bird video with a statement entitled “The Clear Choice: Big Ideas vs. Big Bird” blasting the muppet media blitz as the exact type of “small” tactics President Obama “decried” during the 2008 election.
“The choice in this election is becoming more clear each day. Four years ago, President Obama said that if you don’t have a record to run on, ‘you make a big election about small things,’” Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in the statement. “With 23 million people struggling for work, incomes falling, and gas prices soaring, Americans deserve more from their president. Mitt Romney knows we can’t afford four more years like the last four, and he will lead us to a real recovery.”
President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign has officially gone there.
In an ad released this morning, Mr. Obama takes Republican rival Mitt Romney to task for wanting to take the ax to Sesame Street‘s federal funding in a rather sarcastic fashion.
“Criminals, gluttons of greed,” the narrator stated after ticking off a list of Wall Street crooks. “And the evil genius who towered over them? One man has the guts to speak his name.”