Santorum to House GOP: Fans of Barney, Sesame Street ‘hit you pretty hard’

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It’s unlikely that the House GOP’s push to defund public broadcasting will succeed, according to former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, a potential candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Santorum is a veteran of earlier congressional battles to eliminate the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s federal appropriation. In an interview on Fox News yesterday, he recalled how it played out: the “Barney contingent came out and the Sesame Street contingent came out, and these are programs that are popular among families and so they hit you pretty hard.” HuffPo and GOP12, a blog covering the 2012 field of Republicans running for president, have video clips.