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Hundreds descend on Capitol as Million Puppet March shows its support for public broadcasting


All these puppets had something on their mind, and it's a good thing for Mitt Romney they can't vote.

Hundreds marched on the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Saturday dressed as their favorite Sesame Street character while others carried stuffed animals or stringed along marionettes during the Million Puppet March in support of public broadcasting.

With just days until the presidential election, the issue that just won’t die for Republican candidate Romney isn’t the 47 percent speech, binders full of women, or his mysterious orange glow, its Big Bird and threats to cut PBS funding.

“I like PBS. I love Big Bird ... but I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for,” Romney said during a presidential debate.

Organizers said about 1,000 gathered three days before the United States elected its next president.

“We’re just making it clear that public media matters and it’s something that we want to see supported and we still want to see federal funding of,” co-organizer Michael Bellavia, a Los Angeles animation producer, told AFP.

Many of the supporters there said PBS and National Public Radio are vital to American society.

“Our kids were raised on [Maryland Public Television], and we feel that it's very important to us,” Linda Dennis told NBC News.

“Where would kids get to see the arts? A lot of them can’t afford to go to concerts like we do. They learn about our culture and our history.”

Organizers have raised a bit more than $3,300 for the cause through an online fundraiser.

They are hoping to generate $10,000.