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Barack Obama campaign launch Mitt Romney Big Bird hunt video

Big bird pictured in 1990 Photo: PA

The Obama campaign has released a new video mocking rival presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his attack on public service TV.

Mr Romney has sad he will cut subsidies to PBS and during the recent presidential debate he was asked a question over his plans. He defended his PBS plans saying that the cost of public access TV was too much in the current economic climate and that the savings could mean less government borrowing. He said:

I like PBS, I like Big Bird. But I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.

After the debate Sesame Street, the programme which features Big Bird, tweeted a brief comment:

Later with a fuller comment the PBS partnered show said that it was non-partisan and would not comment on the furore:

Sine then the idea that Mr Romney is anti-Big Bird has spread across the web and resulted in the new advert from the Obama camp claiming that Romney will be, "taking on our enemies no matter where they nest."

Last night Mr Obama said:

He [Romney] said he’d bring down our deficit by going after what has been the biggest driver of our debt and deficits over the last decade - public television, PBS. You didn’t know this, but for all you moms and kids out there, you should have confidence that finally somebody is cracking down on Big Bird. Elmo has been seen in a white Suburban. He’s driving for the border. Oscar is hiding out in his trashcan. We’re cracking down on them. Governor Romney’s plan is to let Wall Street run wild again, but he’s going to bring the hammer down on “Sesame Street.”