Team Romney word on the street for Big Bird tactics: 'Troubling'
October 9th, 2012
11:27 AM ET
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Team Romney word on the street for Big Bird tactics: 'Troubling'

Editor's note: Part of an occasional series on the #homestretch to Election Day with GOP nominee Mitt Romney

En route Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - With 28 days to go, can you tell us how to get away from Sesame Street?

It doesn't take a campaign report from Kermit the Frog to figure out Mitt Romney woke up to the equivalent of an Oscar the Grouch style ad from the Obama campaign this morning.

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Mocking the GOP nominee for threatening to take the axe to federal funding for public broadcasting at last week's presidential debate, the spot's narrator intones breathlessly: "Mitt Romney knows it's not Wall Street you have to worry about, it's Sesame Street."

Step aside Big Labor and Big Oil. Is Big Bird this year's October Surprise? Elmo... call your agent. He's not tickled.

En route to a stop in Iowa where Romney was to detail his plan for American farmers, senior campaign adviser Kevin Madden was of course asked about poultry, of the large and yellow kind.

"I just find it troubling that the president's message, the president's focus, 28 days before Election Day is Big Bird," Madden said.

"The governor is going to focus acutely on jobs and the economy and what he can do to create a better, more prosperous future for the American people," he added.

Still, Romney has yet to be pressed on how eliminating funding for PBS would have much of an effect on the deficit.

"You would need to cut PBS more than 1,000 times to fill the hole in Romney's debate promises," an Obama campaign email pointed out, announcing its new spot.

Both the Republican National Committee and the Romney campaign blasted out emails to reporters, with a reminder of what then Senator Obama said during his speech to the Democratic convention in 2008.

"If you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things," Obama said.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer speaks live to Mitt Romney Tuesday on "The Situation Room" at 6 p.m. ET


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Filed under: 2012 • Homestretch • Mitt Romney
soundoff (290 Responses)
  1. Sam Salma

    The "severely" Conservative candidate is going to "acutely" focus on jobs and the economy by eliminating all regulations on Wall Street and giving 0 tax on Capital Gains so as to benefit himself and Jack Welch.

    October 9, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. feckless

    Bait and Switch.

    Low taxes! Low Taxes!

    Just don't ask me how to pay for them, because the other guy is a liar!


    P.S. google "mormon white horse", and find out who is "the chosen one".

    October 9, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. TEW

    What's troubling is the blatent lies and half-truth this campaign and its candidate has put out to the American people. If the electorate watched the vast amount of news videos of Willard they would gain a full perspective of the lies and deciet he is commiting. I'm for one was very disappointed in the President's debate effort because I wanted him to be a fighter – take it to the streets type performance but I later realized that this approach would be beneath him and the office he holds. Rather that stooping to the "lynch mob" mentality of the GOP with their reference to brass-knuckles and sucker-punch tactics as diplayed by Willard during the debate The Prez simply let Willard put on an academy award type of performance based solely on lies, deception and diversion. Willard gets an "A" on performance but and "F" on substance, truth and transparency.

    October 9, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. bookgirl

    Romney clearly stated that he was going to end funding to PBS. Why not get specific as to what that means–some people might not know. Like all republicans, he believes that he should cut something that actually adds quality to American lives rather than cut nonsense like pouring billions into aid to countries that show nothing but contempt for us.

    October 9, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    Willard is a cruel and cold man who cares for no one outside his family. For him to look Lehrer in the eyes and basically tell him his job would be axed is really classless and cold. Leave Big Bird alone and clean your own house before you try to move into the White House.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    October 9, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Boo

    Igortman – If you had a brain, you'd be dangerous. There is no point in arguing with you idiots on the right. You don't know math and you don't know facts. All of you live in some kind of fantasyland.....

    October 9, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    BTW – I love the ad and I'm sure it's scaring Willard and his campaign to confront the TRUTH.

    Keep up the good work Team Obama.

    October 9, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Brian Hartman

    The Big Bird debate is just ridiculous. PBS gets almost no money from the government relative to their budget, and the money the government gives to PBS is vanishingly small in the government's budget. People acting like Romney wants to kill Big Bird are just as ridiculous as people claiming that eliminating the PBS money from the budget will make a big difference in the deficit.

    October 9, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Rise Above It

    Just rise above it Romney. It already way over your head. Why would you change anything and not have a net increase somewhere. The rich will not be affected if they lower the rates and take away the deductibles but the middle and bearly middle class will. This man will say anything to get elected, Period. Obamas lack of response allowed Romney to ramble on about all he would do and Romney just spilled his guts saying whatever he thought people would like to hear. Then the next day his parpty had to walk them back. No pre-existing conditions insurnance. Except a trip by ambulance. Really Mr. Romney. You are so full of hot air you should be able to just rise above it all. I just wish you would float off in to space with the people that can't see through your stupid act. Like OZ... we should pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

    October 9, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Paul Cappitelli

    The left never ceases to amaze me with their blinders always on. the litany of false statements Obama made during the debate and throughout the slimiest campaign any politician has ever run makes Mitt's few false statements or numbers fudging pale in comparison. The problem is liberals can not win in the arena of ideas so they follow the pat that their messiah Obama loves, and that is character assassination ala Saul Alinsky style. Lie enough (as Obama's own Stephanie Cutter admitted as much in a recent interview) and the dumb mass of willfully ignorant morons will believe it. Here is something novel for you liberals and democrats. Research everything on your own and verify before regurgitating the garbage you read on line or here coming from slime sites like MSNBC, Huffington Post or any number of other propagandists for the left.

    Oh, and funding for NPR and PBS is outdated and wasteful. It is not necessary, Sesame Street is worth 400 million dollars, it can stand on it's own.

    October 9, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Jill

    Romney brought up Sesame Street and meant no funding for Public Television. He said it and he has to wear it. Why blame someone else for what comes out of his mouth! Then when it is brought up as public discussion it is someone else's fault it it is talked about by anyone. He would like it if all of the middle class would go away and talk about these things in private rooms (his style) and leave him alone. Poor Willard – BB stands for big baby!

    October 9, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. bnakka

    It is obvious these obama supporters will follow anything. Cutting Big Bird and PBS was one minuscule thing in the debate however that is all Obama wants to concentrate on. So much for PBS being neutral that Obama has to spend time to worry about its cut while there are millions of people out of a job.

    October 9, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. RogerE

    Mr. Romney, cutting taxes, closing loopholes and winding back regulations are not fresh ideas. If we are honest there are no new of fresh ideas, just old ones rehashed and modified.

    October 9, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. Vader

    @Igortman –

    Specifics please. To what rumors (vs facts) are you referring? The auto (GM et al) bailout? The death of bin Laden? Support for the Arab Spring? The stabilization of downwardly spiraling financial markets (and a DJIA back to all time highs)? The steady (albeit too slow) improvement in overall employment? What exactly?

    October 9, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. RN

    Romney has been unable to provide any details of how he plans to accomplish anything.
    He just wants us to trust him.
    Every time he gives a speech or opens his mouth he contradicts something he says he believed in yesterday.
    If Romney wins, we all lose, because his biggest concern is that he and his friends make more money than ever.
    To think he cares at all about the 47% – or the 99% – is just wishful thinking.

    October 9, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Pam from Iowa

    hey cjb !
    Republicans charitable????
    ha ha ha ha ha!
    A Republican helping a neighbor????
    ha ha ha ha ha!!
    thanks for my laugh for the day!!!!!!

    October 9, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Sam Adams

    Looks like this is yet another hoof-in-mouth 47 percent incident on the part of Willard, who is looking the part of the rat here.

    October 9, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Sandy


    Obama hasnt done a thing these past 3 1/2 years! ZERO, ZILCH, NOTHING! I am amazed at the Americam people who are blinded! Take away all of the rumors and look at the facts in black and white!

    This is why I usually roll right over conservatives' posts without reading them. They lie just like Romney. Loan to the auto industry, killing Bin Laden, passing healthcare sure is nothing!

    October 9, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. feckless

    CJB – wake up, Obama and the democratic party wanted to help you, the republicans blocked anything they could because "the highest priority is to make Obama a one term president".

    MATT – So we can't afford PBS, but we can afford a war with Iran as unpaid mercenaries for Israel?

    We need a war against anyone trying to steal the money I've paid into SSI and Medicare for 30+ years. I don't see how Iran could hurt me.

    N. Korea has the bomb, Fricken Pakistan has the bomb, but we should go to war with Iran. Are you some kind of foreign agent Matt?

    October 9, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. Frankie

    What is troubling is for Mitt Romney to disrespect 47% of the American people and the fact he thinks American people are so dumb as to think that funding from public television will even put a little dent in the debt. It is troubling that he has more than one position on any issue, he picks which position he is taking by what crowd he is addressing. It is troubling he will not give details of any of his plans, all I hear are goals, but no plans to get there. It is really troubling that Romney finds it so easy to just lie about positions he has held when there is video out there to the contrary. If he lies about stupid stuff like that, what is he willing to lie about if he has the most powerful job in the world?

    October 9, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Hermann Munster

    Oh bat nuts.

    Romney is so pro-education, because it will make us competitive in the new world that he is in favor of cutting the most successful educational program in history.

    The cost of PBS is about what it takes to keep a soldier in Afghanistan for a week.

    Be pro-America, keep what works and bring the troops home – And do not start another stupid war.

    October 9, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Jeff

    So we borrow from China for PBS but not to support our defense? Who makes the decisions on what subjects we borrow money for? Romney's whole entire rant on eliminating spending on things based on borrowing from China is an attempt to pander to the ill informed and low mental capacity.

    October 9, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Chris

    What's really troubling is Willard is so out of touch, that he thinks firing Big Bird and cutting people's hair with scissors is no big deal.

    October 9, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. getrealfolks

    I can't believe the cool-aid some of you are drinking. You listen to statements from Obama and the press but do absolutely nothing to go look at what the Romney platform and plan stand for... you then perpetuate the untruths. In the debate, for the first time, Americans got to see Romney blast Obama whenever he made such a statement. And guess what Obama didn't have a come-back. Why? Because he has no FACTS to support the propaganda that he has been shoving on the American people. America, wake up, do your homework, think for yourselves and stop this horrible nonsense. The only reason Obama can be successful in this campaign is because he knows most of America is not smart enough to do their own homework. We are a nation of sheep... stop being a sheep, do your homework and you'll vote for Romney – how can I say this? Because I once was a sheep... supported Obama... "I once was lost
    But now am found – Was blind but now I see"

    October 9, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. That one scientist guy

    It may not be enough by itself, but financial responsibility means cutting back the things that arent essential. For whatever reason, this country believes it is entitled to many things and the fact of the matter is that we all need to make cut backs be a bit more financially responsible and get by on only what we need to turn this country around.

    October 9, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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