Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer during a Tuesday broadcast of Fox News' "Special Report with Bret Baier" seemed both troubled and amused by the Obama campaign's decision to spend time and money on a Big Bird-themed attack ad.
"This could be the worst ad I've ever seen. I make an appeal to people in Chicago: run this ad every night over and over again, spend all of your money and time on this. This is an ad that is trivial, it diminishes the presidency,” said Krauthammer.
“It assumes, of course, that everybody wants to subsidize a company that, as we heard from Shannon [Bream] is a third of a billion dollar enterprise," he added.
Here’s the ad Krauthammer is talking about [note: Sesame Workshop has asked that both campaigns stop using Sesame Street characters and trademarks. The Obama campaign has responded by saying they would "review" the request]:
And for Obama to be talking about it -- I love the way he said this is the biggest driver of the debt. The biggest driver of our debt, according to Obama himself, is Medicare, he's done nothing on that. And it was the same rip on Medicare that Romney mentioned PBS as the way to say we're going to go from the biggest expenditures to the most trivial expenditures because we have to go after everything when we have a deficit this large.
"And just as an additional thing for anybody to run an ad that reminds people of the worst debate that any president has ever had, I think is a big mistake and I hope they just keep running it until the end of time," the conservative columnist added.
The Bird Bird talking point is based on a moment from last week's presidential debate when Republican candidate Mitt Romney proposed ending Federal subsidies to PBS.
"I’m sorry, Jim, I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS … I like PBS, I love Big Bird, I actually like you, too," Romney said to debate moderator and former anchor of the PBS "NewsHour" Jim Lehrer, "but I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for."
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