Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, on the stump ahead of Iowa's Jan. 3 GOP caucuses, today (Dec. 28) told a crowd at a deli in Clinton, Iowa, that if elected, he would end public broadcasting funding, reports ABC News. "We subsidize PBS," he said. "Look, I’m going to stop that. I’m going to say, ‘PBS is going to have to have advertisements.' We’re not going to kill Big Bird, but Big Bird’s going to have to have advertisements, all right? And we’re going to have endowments for the arts and humanities but they’re going to be paid for by private charity, not by taxpayers — or by borrowers.”
Romney said something very similar in an op-ed in USA Today in November, promising to "enact deep reductions in the subsidies" for several entities including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.