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Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 10/17/2012

Big Bird foe Romney low-balls number of dead birds

(Matt Sayles - AP)
Amid all the binder babble and candidates comparing the size of their...pensions, here’s a fact-check from last night’s debate that flew a bit under the radar: GOP candidate Mitt Romney claimed that the feds sought criminal charges over a paltry (poultry?) few migratory birds that died in an oil field. But, as our colleague Juliet Eilperin astutely noted, the former Massachusetts governor low-balled the number of birds.

“What was the cost, 20 or 25 birds were killed?”Romney asked, insinuating that losing a couple of feathered friends was a small price to pay for obtaining the precious black gold.

Actually, the number of dead birds was 28, Eilperin reports. Now, that might seem like a small discrepancy. But the birds of the world might beg to differ.

And after Romney singled out Big Bird in the first presidential debate, we’re starting to wonder if he has an avian aversion.

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