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Obama camp told to pull Sesame Street ad

  • The makers of Sesame Street have asked U.S. President Barack Obama’s campaign to stop using images of Big Bird in a TV ad attacking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    The ad, shown on national cable stations and on the campaign's YouTube page, mocks a promise by Mitt Romney to cut public funding to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), which airs the children's show.

    A narrator is heard saying: "Big … Yellow … A menace to our economy … Mitt Romney knows it's not Wall Street you have to worry about, it's Sesame Street…Mitt Romney, taking on our enemies, no matter where they nest."

    Sesame Workshop, which produces the show, said: "Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, non-profit organisation and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down."

    Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed to reporters: "We've received that request. We're reviewing it. I will say it doesn't change the fact that there's only one candidate in this race who is going to continue to fight for Big Bird and Elmo, and he is riding on this plane."

    Romney made the comments about Sesame Street during the first presidential debate in Denver, Colorado last week, saying that although he "liked" Big Bird, he no longer wanted PBS to be subsidized by the American public.