Republican nominee Mitt Romney attacked birds for the second time in a row during Tuesday night’s town hall debate. We can only conclude at this point that the Republican party has simply conceded the avian vote and is now openly declaring a War on Birds.
During the first presidential debate on October 4, Romney explicitly stated he was in favor of cutting funding for Big Bird. Rick Santorum (R-PA) only continued the violent rhetoric later that week, telling Piers Morgan, ”I’ve voted to kill Big Bird in the past … I mean, you can kill things and still like them, maybe to eat them.”
Following unprecedented public outrage over the initial comments, however, Mitt Romney only continued his anti-bird tirade during Tuesday’s second debate. Responding to a question about gas prices, Mitt Romney criticized President Obama’s defense of migratory birds in North Dakota:
So where’d the increase [in domestic oil production] come from? Well a lot of it came from the Bakken Range in North Dakota. What was [the President's] participation there? The administration brought a criminal action against the people drilling up there for oil, this massive new resource we have. And what was the cost? 20 or 25 birds were killed and brought out a migratory bird act to go after them on a criminal basis.
What bird do you plan to kill in the third debate, Mr. Romney? The bald eagle?
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Photo: Yathin S. Krishnappa