Oct. 3, 2012 -

In a televised presidential debate, Republican candidate Mitt Romney reiterates his campaign pledge to eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting. Responding to a question about the federal debt, he tells debate moderator Jim Lehrer, executive editor of PBS NewsHour: “I’m sorry Jim, I’m gonna stop the subsidy to PBS. … I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too. But I’m not gonna keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”