(CBS News) On Wednesday night, the first 2012 presidential debate generated a record setting number of tweets referring to the event -- more than 10.3 million tweets referenced the debate in the span of 90 minutes.
One of the top tweeted moments of the night came when Mitt Romney discussed cutting federal funding to PBS as part of his broader effort to address the deficit. Twitter saw a spike of more than 135K Tweets per minute, as Mitt Romney confessed his love for Big Bird.
Organizing a Million Muppet March against Mitt... #MuppetsAgainstMitt-- Big Bird (@FiredBigBird) October 4, 2012
And, President Obama took to Twitter to reiterate Romney's stance on PBS...and of course, on Big Bird :
Big Bird: My bed time is usually 7:45, but I was really tired yesterday and fell asleep at 7! Did I miss anything last night?-- Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) October 4, 2012
Google tracked rising search terms to look at what issues American's were searching and found that "Big Bird" was the 4th most Googled term. Simpson-Bowles followed by Dodd-Frank were the top terms searched on Google.
President Obama: "Thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on Big Bird."-- Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 4, 2012