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VIDEO: Big Bird 'Fights' Mitt Romney at St. Pete Protest

Protesters staged a mock boxing match between PBS' Big Bird and candidate Gov. Mitt Romney, after the former Massachusetts governor pledged to eliminate funding.

Before Gov. Mitt Romney took the outdoor stage in downtown St. Petersburg for a campaign rally Friday, Big Bird tried to upstage the GOP presidential candidate.

It was not the Big Bird of "Sesame Street" fame, but a costumed protester from the Florida Consumer Action Network and MoveOn.org.

The protest groups lampooned Romney and his pledge to cut PBS funding by staging a mock boxing match between Big Bird from "Sesame Street" and a 6-foot puppet of the former Massachusetts governor.

This is the puppet's second trip to the area after protestors — including those from Occupy Sarasota — brought it to Romney's rally at the Ringling Museum and labeled it "King of the One Percent."

At Wednesday's presidential debate, Romney told debate host Jim Lehrer that he intended to eliminate funding to PBS, the public network, where Lehrer hosts the "NewsHour."

The Associated Press reported:

Yes, Bird. During Wednesday's debate with President Barack Obama, Romney called for cutting federal funding to PBS, despite saying, "I love Big Bird." It renewed a long-running debate over subsidies to public broadcasting.

"I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS," the former Massachusetts governor, a Republican, said during a deficit-cutting discussion. "I'm going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too, Jim (Lehrer, PBS newsman and debate moderator). But I'm not going to ... keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it."  

Jarpuggy October 07, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Rommney in fairyland. Say/do anything to win.
Paul Stewart October 07, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Obama did what a good leader does and he listened and he tried to relate where it made sense and respond where arguments were made of substance. It was hard to engage. He could have taken any of many different instances, all of which have been repeatedly pointed out by the pundits and commentators. However, his instinct in a debate is different than it is in say war. He is not going for the jugular of those who oppose his views in this free and democratic country. He is looking for arguments of sense and reason. When he is dealing with the bin Ladens of the world, he goes for the jugular. I am not going to call Mitt a liar, I will leave whether he is up to the voters. I will say that Mitt has defined a new form of honesty. It's called Mittonnesty. Yes, with two nn's as in Pinocchio. http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/13017922-its-the-dishonesty-stupid What is really needed here, right now, to get America out of the mire that Bush built, is a strong mandate for Obama. With tremendous sway if not control of Congress. That's what is needed. http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/13107104-message-to-congress-thats-it-for-you-filibuster
Paul Stewart October 07, 2012 at 01:27 AM
I would simply say to Mitt! You can be aggressive as you like, it does not make you right. Obama didn't need a haircut. It has been and continues to be a Republican fantasy that somehow Obama is not a truthful and capable man. http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/12889195-footprints-at-the-republican-national-convention-in-tampa-florida The facts, plainly evident to what I would call the right thinking majority of Americans is that Romney is less than honest. At the very least his memory is severely challenged from one day to the next. Or worse, he is a serial liar who does not understand the digital age, where everything you say to every interest group is recorded. Spin? Yes, and more. Romney is a whirling dervish of inconsistency. And a hurricane of "its Obama's fault, he's no good" zingers. These zingers, to me, and I think to Americans watching, searching for truth, are boomerangs. Firing Big Bird was another mistake for Mitt; he thinks it shows he is tough. He's just a bully. Indeed, if Big Bird is fired, my daughter has offered him a place at our house. Free.
canary October 07, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Facts are facts and Barak Obama has been the invisible man on facts. He missed 60% of his intelligence meetings. This is the President who holds the key to the black box, whose country defends many other countries by our might. He blows off the intelligence gathered for him to do what? Go on Ophra? And you really believe that he deserves a mandate for four more years? What you think he hasn't had enough golf, world tours, applause? It's past time for his departure from our Nation's capital. November we will retire him and you can then go back to the way the world was, you liberal progressives can bash Mitt instead of George.
Gary Price October 07, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Go back the way things were? Stock market in free fall, losing 700,000 jobs a month, declining middle class and a healthcare system that needed attention for how long? "He blows off intelligence gathered for him" - Really, tell that to Osama Bin Laden and comrades. Oh wait, you cant, he's fish food now. I use to be a republican, I'm a democrat now and proud of it.

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