Rick Santorum: ‘You can kill things and still like them’

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum got philosophical on CNN Thursday night when asked about Mitt Romney's pledge to cut off PBS funding.

"I've voted to kill Big Bird in the past," Romney's ex-primary rival said. "I have a record there that I have to disclose. That doesn't mean I don't like Big Bird. You can kill things and still like them, maybe to eat them, I don't know. That's probably that. Can we -- can we go back on that one?"

More coherently, Santorum went on to say that "Sesame Street" doesn't need government money. "Big Bird makes millions and millions of dollars annually," he said. A Sesame Workshop executive said Thursday that the show doesn't rely on PBS for funds -- but does need the network for distribution. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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