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Big Bird's big week

Big Bird was the unlikely star of last week's presidential debate. Now the 8-foot-tall "Sesame Street" regular is poised to be this year's breakout Halloween costume. Employees at New York City costume stores say that once Republican Mitt Romney mentioned Big Bird in his debate with President Barack Obama, the feathered costume started flying out of stores.

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Jim Cole/AP Photo |

A person dressed up as Big Bird holds a sign against Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney outside the Romney headquarters, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 in Derry, N.H. where House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio was about to speak to supporters.

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Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo |

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund members dressed in Sesame Street costumes protest outside a campaign stop for Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the Koch Family Farm, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Van Meter, Iowa.

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Jeremy Long, Lebanon Daily News/AP Photo |

Jake Long of Annville, poses with Big Bird outside of the Lantern Lodge Myerstown at the annual Lebanon County Democrats Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 in Myerstown, Pa..

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Josh Haner/The New York Times |

A protester dressed as Big Bird with a sign paid for by the Ohio Democratic Party before a rally held by Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, in Delaware, Ohio, Oct. 10, 2012. Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are spending Wednesday campaigning in Ohio.

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A protester dressed as Big Bird stands outside of the amphitheater where Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts's Gov. Mitt Romney prepares to speak during a campaign rally in Apopka Fla. on Saturday, October. 6, 2012.

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Chris Zuppa, The Tampa Bay Times/AP Photo |

St. Petersburg Police Department officials direct protesters back to the sidewalk before a rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney rally Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Pictured from left are Brittany Hallmark, of Tampa, Miguel Gonzalez of Tampa, in Romney mask, Kofi Hunt, of St. Petersburg as Big Bird, Romney supporter Rose Marie Di Masi of Clearwater and community organizer Kelly Benjamin of Tampa.. Di Masi helped escort Hunt because she didn't want to see the "Big Bird" character being arrested. "He's cute," Di Masi said. "This is adorable. This is my first rally, ever."

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Charles Dharapak/AP Photo |

A protester dressed as "Big Bird" from Sesame Street is seen as the motorcade of Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney drives past after he campaigned at Carter Machinery in Abingdon, Va., Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

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