Big Bird 'Fights' Mitt Romney at St. Pete Protest

Protesters staged a mock boxing match between PBS' Big Bird and candidate Gov. Mitt Romney, after the former Massachusetts governor pledged to eliminate funding.

Before Gov. Mitt Romney took the outdoor stage in downtown St. Petersburg for a campaign rally Friday, Big Bird tried to upstage the GOP presidential candidate.

It was not the Big Bird of "Sesame Street" fame, but a costumed protester from the Florida Consumer Action Network and MoveOn.org.

The protest groups lampooned Romney and his pledge to cut PBS funding by staging a mock boxing match between Big Bird from "Sesame Street" and a caricature of the former Massachusetts governor.

At Wednesday's presidential debate, Romney told debate host Jim Lehrer that he intended to eliminate funding to PBS, the public network, where Lehrer hosts the "NewsHour."

The Associated Press reported:

Yes, Bird. During Wednesday's debate with President Barack Obama, Romney called for cutting federal funding to PBS, despite saying, "I love Big Bird." It renewed a long-running debate over subsidies to public broadcasting.

"I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS," the former Massachusetts governor, a Republican, said during a deficit-cutting discussion. "I'm going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too, Jim (Lehrer, PBS newsman and debate moderator). But I'm not going to ... keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it."

Brandt Hardin October 06, 2012 at 06:48 PM
The dynamic duo of Romney and Ryan would drive the entire economy into a nose dive as long as it benefits the richest Americans. They'll even destroy our beloved Big Bird and anything government-funded which stands in the way of making the rich richer. Income inequality is endangering the Middle Class and making paupers of us all who don’t have those millions upon millions of dollars. Read more about the role of Romney’s riches in this election and the power of his sacred undergarments at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html The working class of our country can’t AFFORD to allow this election to be bought and sold!


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