Who says Governor Mitt Romney doesn’t talk specifics? It may have ruffled some feathers, but last night Romney offered some straight talk about how he plans reduce the deficit – namely, cutting the federal subsidy for PBS. You may wonder why he only felt compelled to give this one, single example of a program he would eliminate, but as Politico noted, PBS funding accounted for a whopping .00014% of the federal budget in 2010. Romney followed up that comment by saying, “I love Big Bird” (see above, a parody account for the Sesame Street resident didn’t take his intentions lightly).
Johnathan Chait was also skeptical about Governor Romney’s logic, writing in New York Magazine, “So Romney is a candidate of a 20% cut in tax rates, a new plan to cover people with preexisting conditions, and higher defense spending, and he will accomplish it all by eliminating federal funding for PBS.”
While this is not the first time Romney brought up slashing PBS funding, he did back some new policy positions during the debate. The Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger called it “The Romney Reboot” – as the Governor settled on a series of more moderate positions without explanation. Watch the first segment of today’s show as Alex takes the panel through Governor Romney’s policy transformation: