Romney's 'Big Bird' debate comment stirs social media
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Tags Media Business Government and politics San Francisco New York City Jim Lehrer Barack Obama Public Broadcasting Service Denver Mitt Romney U.S. Republican Party 10:35PM EST October 3. 2012 - Who knew Sesame Street's Big Bird would play a role in tonight's presidential debate in Denver? First Presidential Debate 2012 Election denver colorado university mitt romney barack obama big bird PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES Mitt Romney Barack Obama university of denver colorado 1st first fail viral funny galah cockatoo bird parrot pet rose breasted "presidential debate" "presidential debates" "university of denver" "obama vs romney" "mitt romney" willard gerald ford jimmy carter "Debate (Quotation Subject)" "Barack Obama (US President)" pwned powned pown pwn 2012 presidential debate economy About 30 minutes into the verbal contest between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney governor explained that he would cut what he considers non-essential items in the budget, including cuts to PBS, which employs debate moderator Jim Lehrer.
"I'm sorry Jim. I'm gonna stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm gonna stop other things," Romney said. "I like PBS, I like Big Bird, I actually like you too."
At that point, someone in the Twitterverse responded by creating a @FiredBigBird account, which, as of this writing shortly after 10 p.m. ET, had almost 9,900 followers.
"I worked with Big Bird. I served with Big Bird. You, sir, are no Big Bird," The Lance Arthur, @thelancearthur, of San Francisco tweeted.
"Why is there no Muppet-vision way to watch the #debate?" tweeted Ryan Penagos of New York City, also known as, @Agent.M, executive editorial director of Marvel Digital Media Group and Marvel.com.
"Big Bird, you have two minutes for rebuttal," tweeted Ina Fried, @inafried, of San Francisco, the senior editor for a website called All Things Digital.
Facebook users chimed in too, with someone creating a page called "Big Bird for President." As of 10:20 p.m. ET, the page had about 460 "Likes."
"I am in," commented Facebook user Matthew H. Johnson.
"Go Big Bird!," commented Facebook user Brent Rochford.
ROMNEY on cutting the deficit: "Obamacare's on my list. ... I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS. ... I'll make government more efficient."
THE FACTS: Romney has promised to balance the budget in eight years to 10 years, but he hasn't offered a complete plan. Instead, he's promised a set of principles, some of which — like increasing Pentagon spending and restoring more than $700 billion in cuts that Democrats made in Medicare over the coming decade — work against his goal. He also has said he will not consider tax increases.
He pledges to shrink the government to 20 percent of the size of the economy, as opposed to more than 23 percent of gross domestic product now, by the end of his first term. The Romney campaign estimates that would require cuts of $500 billion from the 2016 budget alone. He also has pledged to cut tax rates by 20 percent, paying for them by eliminating tax breaks for the wealthiest and through economic growth.
To fulfill his promise, then, Romney would require cuts to other programs so deep — under one calculation requiring cutting many areas of the domestic budget by one-third within four years — that they could never get through Congress. Cuts to domestic agencies would have to be particularly deep.
But he's offered only a few modest examples of government programs he'd be willing to squeeze, like subsidies to PBS and Amtrak. He does want to repeal Obama's big health care law, but that law is actually forecast to reduce the deficit.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth.
Here's a look at some of their claims and how they stack up with the facts:
John Rossitto watches the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney from a restaurant in San Diego, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. FACT CHECK: Presidential debate missteps
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