Elmo is not tickled. Sesame Street wants Obama Big Bird ad taken downsesameworkshop.org/our-blog/2012/…
— Jim Acosta (@jimacostacnn) October 9, 2012
Just hours after the Obama campaign released a TV ad mocking Mitt Romney for saying he will cut funding for PBS and caustically linking Big Bird to Wall Street villains, Sesame Workshop posted this statement on its Web site:
Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.
A Romney campaign spokesman addressed the ad earlier Tuesday, saying "troubling that the president's message, the president's focus 28 days out from Election Day is Big Bird."