Election 2012 has entered preschool, and not in a metaphorical way. Members of the under-5 set have expressed ideas about who should be president, launched their own campaigns, and now, they're debating.
Two little boys were caught on film having a Mitt Romney, Barack Obama face-off. In the video, they sit at a table playing with toys (standard toddler fare) when one child announces, "I'm Mitt Romney!"
"I am too," says the other little boy. "No, no, no," replies the boy who claimed Romney for himself. "You're President Obama. So you didn't win."
"I win!" says little President Obama. "No, I win!" says Romney's preschool fan. The two argue back and forth until the Romney boy says, "No, Mitt Romney wins," and throws a toy at the other child's head. (!)
"I had no idea they had ever heard of Romney or Obama! Didn't know they were learning about politics in preschool!" YouTube user sarajo060907 wrote.
But during a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Obama said that kids have a gut instinct when it comes to understanding the two candidates. The magazine's executive editor's 6-year-old daughter told Obama, "You can do it," and POTUS reportedly said, "You know, kids have good instincts. They look at the other guy and say, 'Well, that's a bulls****er, I can tell.'"
In addition to the boy seen above, Romney, himself, has other young fans.
Kids packed John Benedetto Stadium at Land O' Lakes High School in Land O' Lakes, Fla., on Saturday for a Romney rally, New Tampa Patch reported. "I can't wait to see Mitt Romney!" Amelia Hernandez, 8, of Carrollwood told Patch. "I'm here to see Mitt Romney because he's just nice and he's not raising taxes and he's helping people get jobs."
That said, on Oct. 22, kids voted in Nickelodeon's annual Kids Pick the President event and Obama beat Romney, 65 percent to 35 percent.
And as Linda Ellerbee, the executive producer and host of Nickelodeon's televised special of the same name, said back when it first kicked off in 2008, “It’s important to take note of who won the ‘Kids’ Vote,’ simply because so many kids vote the way their parents will."
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