President Obama's new television ad features the campaign's newest star: Big Bird.
The ad mocks Mitt Romney's pledge to cut the Public Broadcasting Service -- even though he likes Sesame Street's Big Bird character -- by comparing the childhood icon to corporate malefactors.
Says the narrator: "Big ... Yellow ... A menace to our economy ... Mitt Romney knows it's not Wall Street you have to worry about, it's Sesame Street."
Also from the ad: "Mitt Romney -- taking on our enemies, no matter where they nest."
In releasing the ad, the Obama campaign that "even on issues as seemingly simple as 8-foot tall talking birds and early childhood education, Mitt Romney's rhetoric is out of touch with the facts."
Check out the ad here.
Romney cites PBS as one of a series of cuts he would make to the federal budget, a list that also includes Obama's health care law.
Said Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg: "Four years ago, President Obama said that if you don't have a record to run on, 'you make a big election about small things.' With 23 million people struggling for work, incomes falling, and gas prices soaring, Americans deserve more from their president."
The Republican National Committee responded by releasing a graphic featuring another Sesame Street character, the vampire The Count.
It's designed to show "President Obama's complete lack of positive message or vision coming out of last Wednesday's debate," the RNC said. "After failing to lay out a plan for his second term -- let alone defend his first term -- in last week's debate, all the president has been talking about recently to distract from his poor performance is Big Bird and Elmo."
PBS cuts would not kill Big Bird or any of his Sesame Street neighbors, by the way. Sherrie Westin, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Sesame Workshop, told CNN that it "receives very, very little funding from PBS."