Romney: Slap Ads on Freeloading Sesame Street
Candidate says he'd stop subsidizing PBS
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2011 1:10 AM CST
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(Newser) – America is too broke to subsidize ad-free TV for toddlers, Mitt Romney says. The candidate, while campaigning in Iowa yesterday, promised to balance the budget by cutting certain programs, and by requiring PBS to carry ads, forcing Bert and Ernie and the rest of the Sesame Street gang to start paying their own way, the Raw Story reports.

"You might say, ‘I like the National Endowment for the Arts.’ I do,” he said. “I like PBS. We subsidize PBS. Look, I’m going to stop that. I’m going to say that PBS is going to have to have advertisements. We’re not going to kill Big Bird, but Big Bird is going to have advertisements, all right?”