(NEW YORK) — A new ad out Tuesday by President Obama’s campaign pokes fun at GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s comment during last week’s debate that he would cut funding to PBS to help reduce the deficit even though he likes the Sesame Street character Big Bird.
The tongue-in-cheek commercial suggests that Big Bird is a bigger menace than such convicted financial figures as Bernie Madoff, Ken Lay and Dennis Kozlowski.
According to the voiceover, “Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about; it’s Sesame Street” — a line the president has used on the campaign trail.
The spot, which also features Big Bird, finishes with the tag line, “Mitt Romney: taking on our enemies, no matter where they nest.”
In a separate statement, the Obama campaign says that while the president has tried to hold big banks accountable, “Mitt Romney, has shown true conviction by vowing to take down Big Bird and keep Sesame Street under control.”
According to the statement, “You would need to cut PBS more than 1,000 times to fill the hole in Romney’s budget promises!”
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