Make It Count: Kids Pick the President

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 by Lisa

President Barack Obama

If you'll be 18 or older on Election Day (Nov. 6th), register to vote. If you're too young, don't stress -- you can still make your voice heard online, thanks to Nickelodeon's Kids Pick the President.

The Nick News with Linda Ellerbee special, Kids Pick the President: The Candidates, premieres Monday, Oct. 15, at 8:00 pm et on Nickelodeon. Following the special, kids can go online to vote for the next president. And check this out -- in five of the last six presidential elections, kids' votes have correctly picked the winner several weeks before Election Day.

This year, Nickelodeon visited the White House and asked President Barack Obama questions from real kids. Governor Mitt Romney was invited to participate, too, but his campaign declined, saying he was unable to fit it into his schedule. The special includes previously-taped clips of Romney addressing some of the issues raised.

I care a lot about the election, so I already know where Obama stands on some of the issues covered in the special -- including gun control, jobs, illegal immigration, and same-sex marriage -- but I'm looking forward to hearing him answer questions about other stuff kids care about:

On heartbreak: "That happened to me," says Obama. "I think the main thing you learn is that life goes on..."

On his most embarrassing moment: "Running into the wall is par for the course for me," says the president. "I'm running into doors and desks all the time."

Aww, the president and I have so much in common! Haha. Isn't it nice to know that being a bit uncoordinated doesn't prevent you from getting elected president? :)

Watch the full Kids Pick the President special Monday, Oct. 15th at 8pm et on Nick -- and tell all the kids you know to watch, too. (This show is a great way to get younger brothers, sisters, cousins, neighbors, and friends excited about voting.)