Big Bird's feathers ruffled at Presidential debate

Romney says no to PBS subsidy

Published On: Oct 04 2012 08:11:49 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 04 2012 04:57:16 PM EDT
DENVER -

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took an unexpected turn while talking about the economy during Wednesday night's debate.

"I'm sorry Jim," Romney said, directing comments to debate moderator, Jim Lehrer who works for PBS. "I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS.  I like PBS. I love Big Bird.  I actually like you too, but I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for us."

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By Thursday morning more than 24,000 people were following a new Twitter account called @FiredBigBird. A photo of Big Bird sitting on a stoop and holding a "Will work for food" sign was a top image across the internet too.

Congress has put PBS funding on the chopping block before.    A statement on the PBS website says, "Public television is America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world – all at the cost of about $1 per person per year. The proposed legislation overlooks the critical value that PBS’ nearly 360 member stations provide to major cities and small towns."