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BATON ROUGE - The presidential debate is ruffling a lot of feathers on both sides of the isle. Democrats are unhappy with the performance by President Barack Obama. And while Republicans are re-energized by the delivery by Mitt Romney, one of his lines is triggering controversy.

"I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love big bird. I actually like you too, Jim; but I'm not going to keep on spending money," said Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The comment resonated with leaders at Louisiana Public Broadcasting, because 15 percent of their budget is paid for by the federal government.

"So a combination of no federal funds for fixed costs, no funding from the state level would really be devastating. And more than anything it makes everything begin imploding because we operate on a very narrow margin," said LPB President and CEO Beth Courtney.

Romney responded and set the record straight.

"I'm not gonna kill Big Bird I promise. But there are gonna be advertisements on PBS to pay for Big Bird," said Romney.



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