Romney threat to sack Sesame Street's Big Bird draws outrage
WASHINGTON (AFP) - In a campaign dominated by talk of high unemployment and soaring deficits, Mitt Romney's threat to sack one particular government employee - Sesame Street's Big Bird - has ruffled feathers.
In an otherwise strong performance in the first presidential debate on Wednesday, Mr Romney vowed to cut support for public television, saying he liked the tall yellow muppet but felt he should try his luck in the private sector.
"I'm sorry Jim. I'm gonna stop the subsidy to PBS," Romney said to Jim Lehrer, the longtime host of PBS's Newshour and the debate's moderator.
"I'm gonna stop other things. I like PBS. I like Big Bird. I actually like you too," MrRomney added.