No Romney time for kids as "Nick News" picks president

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shakes hands with students from Fairfield Elementary School in Fairfield, Virginia October 8, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shakes hands with students from Fairfield Elementary School in Fairfield, Virginia October 8, 2012.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - American kids are getting their chance to pick the country's next president, but this year they will have to do it without putting their questions directly to Republican contender Mitt Romney.

Award-winning "Nick News" host and producer Linda Ellerbee said on Monday that President Barack Obama sat down to answer questions from young viewers on the election, but Romney's aides turned down an invitation for him to appear personally on the show's long-running "Kids Pick the President" special.

"By answering kids' questions directly, candidates show respect for kids," Ellerbee said in a statement. "We are disappointed that Mitt Romney wouldn't take the time to answer the questions, but are thrilled that President Obama participated in the special."

Instead, the show will use previously taped video clips of Romney addressing some of the issues important to kids, and will run biographies of both candidates.

Following the "Nick News" special on October 15, kids will vote online for the man they think should be the next president. In five of the last six U.S. presidential elections, they have correctly picked the winner ahead of the November polls.

TV channel Nickelodeon said "Nick News" has been doing its election specials since 1996. Since then, only 2004 candidates President George W. Bush and Democratic opponent John Kerry have declined to take part.

This year, Obama answered questions sent in by young viewers on issues including same-sex marriage, gun control, bullying and obesity.

He also revealed his most embarrassing moment. "Running into the wall is par for the course for me," Obama told "Nick News." "I'm running into doors and desks all the time."

"Nick News," now in its 21st year, has won nine Emmy awards and is the longest-running kids' news show on U.S. television. It has tackled subjects ranging from alcoholism to autism, cancer and having parents returning from war. (Reporting By Jill Serjeant; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Comments (6)
GaybyGod wrote:
They’re not old enough to vote, so, they’re part of the 47% who don’t count as Americans, and who Romney couldn’t care less about.

Oct 08, 2012 8:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
IonOtter wrote:
The fact that Romney has no time for ANYONE not giving him lots of money has been crystal clear from the very start?

But thankfully, he’s so much of a complete posterior orifice, that he keeps pounding that fact home, no matter how many times he shakes his Etch-a-Sketch.

Oct 08, 2012 8:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
rennerfan25 wrote:
Hey Romney this is their country as well. What whether happens it affects them as well

Oct 08, 2012 9:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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