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'Sesame Street' Tries To Keep Big Bird Out Of Politics

Oct 9, 2012 (All Things Considered) — When Mitt Romney said he would cut PBS funding in the first presidential debate -- and singled out Big Bird, whom he said he liked a lot -- he perhaps inadvertently introduced the befeathered yellow children's icon smack into the center of political debate. President Obama approved a cable-only commercial dinging Romney for going after Sesame Street rather than Wall Street, but Romney appears to think he has a winning hand -- castigating the president for focusing on a profitable educational puppet empire rather than big issues, like terrorism in the Arab world.

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