Tuesday, May 26, 2015Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Obama pecks Romney's campaign with Big Bird ad

Published on Oct 9, 2012 10:50 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama's campaign hit Republican challenger Mr Mitt Romney with a sarcastic new ad on Tuesday, featuring the Big Bird children's character that has become an unlikely star of their bitter election clash.

"Mitt Romney knows it's not Wall Street you have to worry about, it's Sesame Street," the ad said, jokingly describing the furry yellow muppet as the "evil genius" towering over financial felons like Ken Lay and Bernie Madoff.

The spot plays off Mr Romney's remark in last week's first presidential debate that he would stop state subsidies for PBS public television, which produces "Sesame Street," a long running early learning show on which Big Bird stars.

Mr Romney said in the debate in Denver that "I like PBS. I like Big Bird," but nevertheless pledged to cut the subsidy for the station as part of spending reductions he plans if he is elected president in November.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!