Sesame Workshop asks Obama campaign take down Big Bird ad

NEW YORK (AP) — The producers of "Sesame Street" have asked President Barack Obama's re-election campaign to take down an ad it's produced using Big Bird.

The ad mocks Mitt Romney's vow to end federal funding for public broadcasting. It says the Republican hopeful believes "it isn't Wall Street you need to worry about, it's Sesame Street.",

At a campaign stop in Iowa today, Romney says he's scratching his head over the focus on Big Bird, saying the president should spend more time on saving the American people and family farms.

The Sesame Workshop says it requested the ad be taken down because it is a nonpartisan nonprofit and does not participate in political campaigns.

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APPHOTO WX101: FILE - This Aug. 30, 2009 file photo shows Big Bird, of the children's television show Sesame Street, in Los Angeles. Big Bird is endangered. Jim Lehrer lost control. And Mitt Romney crushed President Barack Obama. Those were the judgments rendered across Twitter and Facebook Wednesday during the first debate of the 2012 presidential contest. While millions turned on their televisions to watch the 90-minute showdown, a smaller but highly engaged subset took to social networks to discuss and score the debate as it unspooled in real time. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) (30 Aug 2009)

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