Obama pecks Romney's campaign with Big Bird ad
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.