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)

    This is truly all Hussein Obama has?

    This administration is truly DESPERATE. HA HA HA

    October 9, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. nilla

    Wasn't Romney the one who brought up Big Bird in the first place?

    This seems to be the trend in this election. Republican says something sensational and stupid, Dems call him on it, Republicans accuse Dems of "distracting from the real issues". It goes in line with putting gay marriage bans on ballots, then saying the Dems are the ones focusing on it.

    October 9, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. gregor1971

    An anonymous member of the Sesame Street gabg had this to say, "Me buy my own cookies. Me not need handouts from government. ME BUY MY OWN COOKIES!"

    Another chimed in, "Ah, Ah, Ah, $16 trillion, Ah, Ah, Ah. That is the number of the day."

    October 9, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. pc

    Big Bird alone makes more than enough to fund public broadcasting so why do the taxpayers have to give more than a dollar per person in taxes to public broadcasting? That is more funding than is received by all of science and the arts put together.

    October 9, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. matt

    The funding works out to a buck and change per person...I'd rather pay for that than bullets to kill brown people who only threaten oil company profits.

    October 9, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. dan

    I'm not to impressed with Sesame Street pushing the gay lifestyle to 2-8 years old either, on top of them being taxpayer funded because liberals do not contribute to anything they just complain because conservatives do not contribute more than their fair share.

    October 9, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. clarinet

    Like most of Obama's ads this one is just one more from B-team of juvenile delinquents.

    October 9, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. wolfpackbob

    It is The Economy, Mr. President. Your Economy, Mr. President. You built that.

    October 9, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. SPQR

    When things are hard, it is easy for a.n.y.b.o.d.y to come and start pointing his finger at everything.

    Just make sure you know who that finger belongs to.

    Mitt Romney is the least person on earth to point his finger at anybody.

    Mr. 47%, I was completly wrong.

    October 9, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. WhoopieMcWeeWee

    BIg Bird is part of the 47%

    October 9, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. yogi

    Romney doesn't care about about animals, dogs, birds, and he doesn't care about the 47%. This is a shallow, cynical man who only cares about being president, however he is completely unqualified for the job. If he would become president thanks to the dumb, uneducated electorate, the economy will collapse under his watch.
    Obama 2012

    October 9, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Daremonai

    I find it rather odd that concervatives would be ranting about 'stale ideas'.. isn't one of the cornerstones of concervatism sticking to things and using techniques that worked in the past?

    I guess the GoP is sheading the last pretense of being actually concervative in its economics... though this 'we didn't get instant results from economic techniquest that take a decade to work, lets try untested methods instead!'.. sounds pretty 'progressive' to me.

    October 9, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Dave

    It is funny how the democrats keep ignoring the $16 trillion debt we have. Even Obama wouldn't acknowledge it when he was on Letterman. Very disappointing.

    October 9, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. sheepguts68

    Democrats worry about Big Bird, Republicans worry about JOBS.

    October 9, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. james w

    pbs is a drop in the bucket, romeny and going to save he wants to build 15 extra new ships and 3 more extra subs our navy is fine

    October 9, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. MrBig

    Generally speaking, most GOP supporters would say public television is "liberal" media, so the fact that Mitt would call them out specifically for a cut in funding isn't all that surprizing, is it? Sadly, I have to assume it would be more of a symbolic cut; a kind of punishment for not being more "rightwing friendly". I've always been baffled why anything generally academic in nature is considered a "liberal" thing. Oh well, so be it...

    October 9, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Chris

    @DJCO I just wanted to say that this is one of the most rational statements I have read in the comments section in a long time. As another independent, I feel the same way you describe. Regardless of party affiliation, every American has to agree that Obama's campaign has fallen a long way from where it was in 2008. Without assigning blame to anybody for the current economic mess, the fact is, the mess is still there and the president has to take steps to deal with it. And you are right, during the first 2 years of his presidency, Obama chose to focus his efforts on health care reform. I believe this decision requires at least some explaining, especially to those of us in the middle. But instead, his debate performance appeared to me, as somebody above me stated "desperate twisting at its lowest". And all this silly news about Big Bird leaves me to feel that maybe Obama doesn't really want to answer the hard questions. We'll see how the next month unfolds, but I can't say I'm feeling the same enthusiasm for Obama that I felt back in 2008.

    October 9, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. obamaphone

    I will vote Obama because he gave me my free obamaphone, so I can call my homies! No need to work with all my gov't cheese I get, thanks to Obama! And CNN told me Romney is bad and will make me work to make a living. VOTE OBAMA!

    October 9, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Name w.bullock

    The big bird mocked out of fraud check scam from afrcian amercian

    October 9, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. John

    Romney's campaign has no substance. He avoids giving critical details while switching his views 180 degrees. He kinda kept his promise made during the primaries that he will flip-flop later. Does that mean he is a man of honor and should be trusted ? Isn't what he did plain lying to his base ? Who is he lying to now ? You see, Americans should not trust a man who changes his principles as the wind blows. Let's not elect the Weather Vane President.

    October 9, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. Ready

    Still trying to make an issue of the big bird comment?? Really, is that all they have left after the president's horrible debate performance? Well just like everything there's nothing positive to say about themselves, so of course go negative on Romney...that's been the game plan all along. Obama is clueless, didn't you see it in the debate?

    October 9, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. dbdy

    And the new independent third party candidate is:

    BIG BIRD !!! GO BIG BIRD !!! GO GO GO !!!!


    October 9, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. i'm confused

    Mittens pathetic attempts to fabricate false perceptions are completely transparent. Describing Mittens behavior as a flip flopper or using the etch a sketch analogy both fail to adequately describe the magnitude of this clown's complete lack of personal integrity... It's time to STOP SUGAR COATING IT, Mittens The Clown is a COMPULSIVE LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    FYI AMERICAN – The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry Law defines Mittens condition (i.e. "compulsive liar") as follows:

    "Falsification entirely disproportionate to any discernible end in view, may be extensive and very complicated, and may manifest over a period of years or even a lifetime".

    October 9, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Elmo not happy

    Mitt Romney: "I'm going to create jobs"
    American People: "how"
    Mitt Romney: "I'm going to fire even more government workers"
    American People: no, that's eliminating hundreds of thousands of jobs jerk. If you re-hired all the teachers and police officers that got laid off from government budget cuts, we'd be almost halfway back to full employment.

    October 9, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. sheepguts68

    I think the democrats need to watch the debate again even if they want to forget every part of it. Romney said he would cut funding to PBS etc IF it meant borrowing money from China. This was just an example. Am I the only one that understood what he was saying?

    October 9, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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