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How Did Big Bird End Up In The Middle Of The U.S. Presidential Campaign? He’s Not Even Running
October 9, 2012
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Well, believe it or not, one of Sesame Street's most iconic characters has made it into the U.S. presidential election campaign.

U.S. President Barack Obama's campaign team has released a new ad featuring 'Big Bird', in an attempt to mock Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

During last week's first debate, Romney said that although he "loves Big Bird", he would make cuts to PBS, as part of his plan for the U.S. federal budget.

The Obama campaign took that and ran with it, putting together an ad that includes 'Big Bird', along with Bernie Madoff and other Wall St. criminals.

Basically, the idea is to paint Romney as a guy who'll cut children's programs but won't go after corruption on Wall St.

Take a look.

In releasing the ad, the Obama campaign said that "even on issues as seemingly simple as 8-foot tall talking birds and early childhood education, Mitt Romney's rhetoric is out of touch with the facts."

The folks at Sesame Street aren't happy. They say they don't approve campaign ads and have asked the Obama campaign to take it down.

"Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns," said the organization.

The Obama team said it would take Sesame Street's request under advisement.

Last week, during the debate, Romney said "I like PBS. I love Big Bird," he said. "But I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it."

After that comment, there were a number of tweets calling for Sesame Street and 'Big Bird' to be saved.

There were even protests, as captured in this photo from Iowa by The Des Moines Register.

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But apparently, cuts to PBS wouldn't really hurt Sesame Street.

Sherrie Westin, the executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Sesame Workshop, told CNN that it "receives very, very little funding from PBS."

The Republican National Committee responded to the Obama ad by releasing a graphic featuring another Sesame Street character - 'The Count.'

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The RNC says that since the debate, "all the President has been talking about recently to distract from his poor performance is Big Bird and Elmo" but not the economy or his plan for the next four years.

Here's some other reaction to the Obama 'Big Bird' ad from The Guardian and The Washington Post.

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