Conservatives Cheer Mitt Romney's Promise to Cut Off Funding for Big Bird

| by Michael Allen

During the presidential debate last night, GOP nominee Mitt Romney promised to cut off federal funding for PBS, which would include Sesame Street's Big Bird (video below).

Romney said: "Sorry,  Jim [Lehrer] I'm gonna stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird, I actually like you too. But I'm not going to keep on spending money to borrow money from China to pay for. So that's number one."

In response, conservatives praised Romney defunding promise on Twitter, reports MediaMatters.org.

Fox News contributor Monica Crowley wrote that she "loves" Romney's promise to end funding for PBS and Big Bird. Fox News contributor Dick Morris said Romney's promise to end funding was "excellent." MSNBC co-host S.E. Cupp said that Romney's promise "totally worked."

However, not everyone was happy with Romney's statement.

Levar Burton, former host of the PBS educational show 'Reading Rainbow' told the Examiner.com: “I am personally outraged that any serious contender for the White House would target as part of his campaign the children of America in this fashion.”

If Romney were to cut PBS' funding, it would be $444 million saved, which is about .037 percent of the nation’s $1.2 trillion deficit.