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October 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s already being called the Big Bird debate, following Gov. Mitt Romney’s pledge to cut federal funding for PBS if he is elected. Turning toward moderator Jim Lehrer, Romney remarked, “I like PBS. I like Big Bird. I like you. But I’m not going to … keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.” Romney’s professed fondness for PBS was not returned. PBS issued a statement saying that it was “]very disappointed that PBS became a political target in the Presidential debate last night. Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation.” PBS chief Paula Kerger added, “With the enormous problems facing our country, the fact that we are the focus is just unbelievable to me, particularly given the fact that at another part of the debate, both candidates talked about the importance of education. We’re America’s biggest classroom.” Meanwhile, there was an explosion of comments about Romney’s remark on Twitter. One Big Bird impersonator tweeted, “I’m trending.”