If kids could vote, Barack Obama would win the 2012 Presidential election in a landslide. Nickelodeon has held a "Kids Pick The President" mock election every year since 1988. This year, the president beat Mitt Romney 65% to 35%.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour spoke with Nick News host Linda Ellerbee about how kids feel about the upcoming election. It may seem as if they're not paying attention to the issues, but Nickelodeon's "Kids Pick The President" vote has only been wrong once. In 2004, the kids picked John Kerry to win over incumbent George W. Bush, Current TV reports.
The President answered kids' questions during a Nickelodeon special, which aired October 15. His opponent, Republican nominee Mitt Romney, declined to participate. Nickelodeon chose instead to air clips of Romney addressing certain questions asked by the kids.
During the first Presidential debate in Denver, CO, Romney said he would cut funding to PBS, but still noted that he "loves Big Bird." The statement sparked a huge social media backlash from fans of Big Bird, other Sesame Street Characters, and other PBS shows. An 8-year old Big Bird fan actually wrote a letter to Mr. Romney about this issue. "You find something else to cut off," Cecelia Crawford charged.
In less than a week, Romney managed twice to anger certain children. First by saying he would cut funding to CBS and then by refusing to take part in a Nickeloden special.
Ironically, though, as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney actually helped PBS The Boston Globe noted earlier this month, in the midst of all the backlash.
Governor Romney signed a bill that resulted in a huge amount of new funding for WGBH and other companies that create shows for public television. WGBH received $4.2 million from the Massachusetts state tax film credit to help fund programs such as Antiques Road Show and Nova.
As President, however, Romney doesn't feel there's enough money to fund PBS, which for children means they may not be able to watch some of their favorite TV shows. There are plenty of PBS shows adults would lose out on as well. Does this mean Mitt Romney doesn't respect kids or take them seriously? Well, it's true kids can't vote, but Nick News host Linda Ellerbee seems to believe that Romney has little to no respect for America's youth, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
"By answering kids' questions directly, candidates show respect for kids," Ellerbee said. "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."
The special was taped earlier this month. President Obama joked with the kids about what a klutz he is. "Running into the wall is par on course for me," Obama told the kids. "I'm running into doors and desks all the time."
The President also answered questions about serious issues such as gun control, jobs, same-sex marriage, outsourcing, bullying and obesity.
Earlier this year, First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on Nickelodeon's iCarly to help raise awareness about the need for support for military families.