It’s safe to say that none of the Republican candidates for president are quite as enamored with public funding for the arts as the Democrats are, but Mitt Romney was making it an issue Wednesday, claiming he’ll even cut off PBS.

To be sure, Big Bird and the rest of the “Sesame Street” Muppets probably aren’t endangered. They’ll just have to go commercial, if Romney gets his way.

In order to balance the budget, Romney told supporters in Iowa Wednesday, he’ll “stop certain programs.”

“Close them. Turn ’em off. Even some you like,” he said. “You might say, ‘I like the National Endowment for the Arts.’ I do,” Romney said. “I like PBS. We subsidize PBS. Look, I’m going to stop that. I’m going to say that PBS is going to have to have advertisements.”

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