Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants to win the Iowa caucus. He's been trying to relate to voters with awkward small talk but apparently a multi-millionaire management (ahem, "restructuring") consultant former governor of Massachusetts who thinks corporations are people is really desperate to strike a chord. Because yesterday he promised to put commercials on public broadcasting stations—and specifically called out Sesame Street.
Talking Points Memo reports that while speaking at a Town Hall yesterday, Romney said, "I like PBS. We subsidize PBS. Look, I’m going to stop that. I’m going to say PBS is going to have to have advertisements." Yeah, America subsidizes the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (which funds PBS and NPR) to the tune of $506 million in all of 2010, just 0.00014% of the $3.456 trillion budget. For comparison, war spending in just February of the same year was a combined $12.2 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan.
Romney, who is famous for believing corporations are people, too, also said, "We’re not going to kill Big Bird. Big Bird’s going to have advertisements, alright?" Hmm, we have a feeling he said something similar to the folks of Ampad.
Maybe he's just bitter because he looks so much like Guy Smiley?