Obama takes kids' questions; Romney declines
October 8th, 2012
03:49 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama takes kids' questions; Romney declines

Washington (CNN) – President Obama says his most embarrassing moment is when he runs into a wall. It is "par for the course for me…I'm running into doors and desks all the time."

The comments came as he answered kids' questions for the Nickelodeon special: "Kids Pick the President: The Candidates."

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Nickelodeon videotaped kids posing the questions around the country, and the president answered them during an interview session at the White House. He also responded to questions about gun control, illegal immigration, jobs, outsourcing and bullying, according to a release from the network.

The responses are part of a special airing next week after which kids will vote for the candidate they think should be president. The network says in five of the last six elections the kids have correctly chosen the winner.

In a release, the network says Mitt Romney declined to participate after numerous attempts. The program will include file sound bites of Romney addressing the subjects.

The president's re-election campaign wasted no time in hitting its opponent over not participating. "It's no surprise Romney decided to play hookey. Kids demand details, and I'm sure they want some answers on why Romney could increase their class sizes, eliminate their teacher's jobs, raise taxes on their families and slash funding for Big Bird. Unfortunately for Mitt Romney, 'The dog ate my homework' just doesn't cut it when you're running for President," Obama campaign deputy press secretary Adam Fetcher said in a statement.

The Romney campaign refused to comment on its decision beyond saying it was unable to fit it into the candidate's schedule.

Both Obama and Sen. John McCain participated in the Nickelodeon 2008 kids special. Neither Sen. John Kerry nor President George W. Bush did an interview for it in 2004.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Kids don't vote, so he'll never sway them to his benefit. And they don't have the million to donate to his PACs, so they're not going to get any time from him.

    October 8, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. myviewis

    Patrick in Wisconsin

    myviewis, Women give birth, and with your stupid remark, it sounds like your a man and you obviously never will. By the way, I'm not even royalty yet I'm in officer training for the Air Force. I have no problem with people not choosing the military. What I do have a problem is people like you mocking people for not joining the military when you yourself wouldn't either.

    Read my previous response, I was not mocking people for not joining the military, I was defending people who don't join it like Chelsea Clinton or Romney's 5 sons or President Bill Clinton or Governor Romney. And I am a woman.

    October 8, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Ty

    Judging by the way Obama preps for debates (and who knows what else) it sounds like this is him getting ready for the town hall format. Great strategy Obama...keep it up!

    October 8, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. john

    Romney is so afraid of losing this election that he can't even attempt to court next generation of voters for fear of doing something wrong. Hey Mitt, if by some miracle you win, a lot of these kids will be deciding if you get voted back in or not. You should show them some respect.

    October 8, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Adam

    Romney is not smarter than a 5th grader.

    October 8, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Ty

    This is good. Obama can handle the kiddie business and Romney can handle the big boy business that Obama refuses to handle or even acknowledge.

    October 8, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Sharyl

    Pete, you said it perfectly. Thanks

    October 8, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Dave

    I applaud the guy. It's important that kids feel like the President will listen to them like adults. It keeps them believing in the power of our political system and champions their possible desire to become involved and possibly even want to become the President some day. Doing this type of work is part of why the guy was elected – to inspire and captivate young minds.

    The nonsense from Ty in this comment thread shows how truly small, weak and shortsighted are the minds of some people out there. Take a good deed as simply that and don't make a political rant out of it.

    October 8, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Jared

    Romney's sons went on LDS missions for the church. An easy way to get out of going in the military.

    October 8, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. oy

    Kids know.

    October 8, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Br0tH3R

    Ty, obama talked wit world leaderz thru-out his time bein president. STOP REACHING FOR WORDZ

    October 8, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. Borderless

    Let's face it, how business is Obama's deal. Let him go on Nick and MTV and the View and Late Night and all that garbage. Hollywood loves them some Obama. As a matter of fact, maybe he can go on Big Brother next. That way he can get kicked out of two houses in one year!

    October 8, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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