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Video: Big Bird tweet takes over Twitter during US presidential debate

Brian O'Reilly

Published 04/10/2012|14:21

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ALTHOUGH many analysts gave Mitt Romney the edge in last night’s presidential debate, the real winner appears to be Sesame Street favourite Big Bird.

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The popular children’s TV character began to trend on Twitter just minutes after he was mentioned by Republican candidate Mitt Romney during last night’s first presidential debate.

Asked how he planned to cut spending, the former Massachusetts governor said: “I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird.

“I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for”, he continued.

Within minutes of the comment being made the hashtag ‘BigBird’ began to trend on Twitter, and a parody account for the character was created by a user.

One of the parody account’s tweets said: “'Yo Mitt Romney, Sesame Street is brought to you today by the letters F & U! #debates #SupportBigBird”.

A photo then began to circulate online of a dishevelled Big Bird holding a sign saying ‘will work for food’.

Thousands of comments began to pour in, mainly in support of the much loved feathered TV character.

Public service broadcasting, such as station PBS which funds Sesame Street, has long been a target of conservatives for cuts.

Romney had previously pledged during a campaign rally in Iowa that he wouldn’t ‘kill Big Bird’, but that he intended to cut PBS funding. He said at the time: “Big Bird is going to have advertisements, all right?”

Bringing the children’s show into a campaign debate could be a deliberate tactic by Romney - Michelle Obama appeared on Sesame Street in 2009 to promote gardening.

The official Sesame Street Twitter account tweeted this afternoon: "Big Bird: My bed time is usually 7:45, but I was really tired yesterday and fell asleep at 7! Did I miss anything last night?"

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