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Obama adviser: No plans to take down Big Bird ad despite Sesame request

 

The Big Bird ad stays. 

Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs said Wednesday he didn't know of any plans to take down the controversial ad featuring the famous feathery star, despite a request by Sesame Workshop. 

Gibbs made the comment on NBC's "Today" show, a day after campaign officials said they were reviewing Sesame Workshop's appeal. 

The satirical TV ad featured a menacing voiceover warning of Mitt Romney's anti-Big Bird agenda, playing off the Republican nominee's debate claim that he wants to cut funding to PBS. 

"Big, yellow, a menace to our economy. Mitt Romney knows it's not Wall Street you have to worry about, it's Sesame Street," the voiceover says. "Mitt Romney, taking on our enemies no matter where they nest." 

Sesame Workshop, though, was not on board with the ad. 

The organization released a statement Tuesday saying:"Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down." 

While the Obama campaign presses forward with the ad, the Romney campaign has accused its rival of making a big election about trivial things. 

"These are tough times with real serious issues," Romney told an Iowa crowd Tuesday. "So you have to scratch your head when the president spends the last week talking about Big Bird."