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Mitt Romney disses Nickelodeon's 'Kids Pick the President' special

Mitt Romney disses Nickelodeon's 'Kids Pick the President' special

By Geoff Berkshire | October 8, 2012 9:12 PM ET

Mitt Romney isn't have a good week with kids TV. First, he said he likes Big Bird but wants to cut funding for PBS during last week's debate. Now, Nickelodeon says Romney declined an invitation to participate in their traditional "Kids Pick the President" election special, even though Barack Obama said yes.

Nickelodeon has been running the specials for the past six elections and this is the first time a candidate has declined since John Kerry in 2004 (which prompted George W. Bush to cancel his planned appearance). Obama has already taped his responses to questions asked by kids to be included in the special.

The cable network notes in a statement, "After numerous attempts by Nick News to get former Governor Mitt Romney to participate in the special, his camp declined, saying he was unable to fit it into his schedule."

Nick News host Linda Ellerbee adds, "By answering kids' questions directly, candidates show respect for kids. 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 long running specials encourage kids to pay attention to the election and raise issues important to them. Nickelodeon then allows kids to cast their "vote," and the results have matched the final Presidential outcomes in five of the last six elections.

After learning of Romney's decision, Obama's team issued a statement: "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."

"Kids Pick the President: The Candidates" will air Oct. 15, sans Romney.

by Anonymousreply 1410/09/2012

Romney would have to lie to the impressionable little children. I don't see why he wouldn't do it. The kids would never call him on it...just like Obama at the debate.

by Anonymousreply 110/09/2012

Between this and Sesame Street, he has lost the kid vote.

by Anonymousreply 210/09/2012

Well I don't think kids should be encouraged to kick the president, that's disgusting, not to mention illegal.

by Anonymousreply 310/09/2012

R3 = Emily Litella

by Anonymousreply 410/09/2012

Linda Ellerbee is still doing Nickelodeon?? She was doing it while I was a kid.

by Anonymousreply 510/09/2012

Well, looks like kids aren't HIS future.

by Anonymousreply 610/09/2012

He'll get away with it - as he does with everything else.

by Anonymousreply 710/09/2012

You think Romney would spend an ounce of energy on people who can't vote? And if this pisses off their parents--well, he's probably afraid of a gaffe since kids aren't as feeble minded as Lehrer.

Also it would look really bad if he went all Dementor on some kid and sucked out his soul on television.

by Anonymousreply 810/09/2012

He's getting cocky.

This is good news.

by Anonymousreply 910/09/2012

Why did John Kerry decline?

by Anonymousreply 1010/09/2012

Wait until Romney's surrogates start knocking Obama for participating in this, claiming he wants to appear in front of kids because it's easy and he won't have to answer any tough questions. They will be ridiculing him all over the place, to justify Mittens not appearing. No serious candidate would do it, it's just a gimmick, or something like that.

Never mind that candidates have done it for years, Etch-A-Sketch will pretend they didn't, and dumb people will beleive him.

by Anonymousreply 1110/09/2012




by Anonymousreply 1310/09/2012

[quote]Obama has already taped his responses to questions asked by kids to be included in the special.

If you get to tape your answers ahead of time, how could Romney not fit it into his schedule? That can be done anytime, anywhere, in bits & pieces if necessary.

I didn't hear about Kerry declining -- why?

This is one of those things that, if the other guy does it, you look like an ass for not doing it too. Like refusing to kiss babies -- "Why do you hate my baby?!"

by Anonymousreply 1410/09/2012
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