The Obama campaign is out with a new TV ad, going after one of Mitt Romney’s most memorable lines from last week’s presidential debate: his desire to cut funding for PBS and its beloved Big Bird.
Since the debate — which Romney was widely acknowledged to have won — President Barack Obama has been campaigning around the country, saying his GOP challenger “plans to let Wall Street run wild again, but he’s bringing the hammer down on Sesame Street.”
“Elmo, you better make a run for it!” joked Obama last week at a campaign event.
The latest tongue-in-cheek ad shows pictures of notoriously corrupt financial figures — Bernie Madoff, Ken Lay and Dennis Kozlowski — and states there is an “evil genius” who towered over them.
“One man has the guts to speak his name,” says the narrator, with the ad then flashing to Romney saying “Big Bird” repeatedly — followed by Big Bird cheerfully saying his own name.
“Big, yellow, a menace to our economy. Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about it, it’s Sesame Street,” adds the narrator.
The ad ends with a cute shot of Big Bird in his nest, with his teddy bear, sleeping: “Mitt Romney, taking on our enemies no matter where they nest.”
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