Nick News With Linda Ellerbee 'Kids Pick The President: The Candidates' Special Premieres October 15th

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October 8th, 2012

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The Candidates” Special Kicks Off Nickelodeon Bellwether Poll

Where Kids Nationwide Pick Their Choice for President


2012 “Kids’ Vote” Results to be Announced Monday, Oct. 22 on Nickelodeon


NEW YORK – Oct. 8, 2012 – Every four years, Nickelodeon provides kids with the rare opportunity to have the U.S. presidential candidates answer their questions in the Nick News with Linda Ellerbee special, “Kids Pick the President: The Candidates,” premiering Monday, Oct. 15, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).  Following the special, kids have the opportunity to vote for the man they think should be the next president.  The “Kids’ Vote” is a bellwether poll because in five of the last six presidential elections, kids have correctly picked the winner several weeks before the adults have voted.


Nick News traveled around the country videotaping kids asking the candidates questions.  This year’s special features President Barack Obama who sat down with Nick News at the White House to answer kids’ questions.  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.  The special features previously taped video clips of Romney addressing some of the issues raised in the questions as well as bios of both candidates.


In the special, Obama answers questions about gun control, jobs, illegal immigration, same-sex marriage, outsourcing, bullying and obesity.  He also responds to more light-hearted questions like if he’d ever had his heart broken or what was his most embarrassing moment.


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.”


“By answering kids’ questions directly, candidates show respect for kids,” says Linda Ellerbee.  “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.”


Following the special, hosted by Ellerbee, kids will be able to vote for the person they think is most qualified to lead America.  Kids can log on to from Oct. 15 to Oct. 22 to cast their votes online, as well as to get more information about each candidate and his position on the issues.  Nickelodeon will announce the results on-air on Monday, Oct. 22.  Both the special and the “Kids’ Vote” are the culmination of Nickelodeon’s Kids Pick the President initiative to build young citizens’ awareness of the election process, the candidates and the issues.


Nick News, produced by Lucky Duck Productions, is now in its 21st year and is the longest-running kids’ news show in television history.  It has built its reputation on the respectful and direct way it speaks to kids about the important issues of the day.  Over the years, Nick News has received more than 21 Emmy nominations and recently won its ninth Emmy Award for Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics in the category of Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction Program. Additional Emmy wins for outstanding children’s programming include: The Face of Courage: Kids Living with Cancer (2010); Coming Home: When Parents Return from War (2009); The Untouchable Kids of India (2008); Private Worlds: Kids and Autism (2007); Never Again: From the Holocaust to the Sudan (2005); Faces of Hope: The Kids of Afghanistan (2002) and What Are You Staring At? (1998). In addition, in 1995, the entire series won the Emmy. In 2009, Nick News was honored with the Edward R. Murrow Award for best Network News Documentary for Coming Home: When Parents Return from War — the first-ever kids’ television program to receive this prestigious award. Nick News has also received three Peabody Awards, including a personal award given to Ellerbee for explaining the impeachment of President Clinton to kids, as well as a Columbia duPont Award and more than a dozen Parents’ Choice Awards.


Nickelodeon, now in its 33rd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

  • TheTalkingBox

    this isn’t showing up on AT&T U-Verse’s schedule yet.

  • Republican = evil

    I wonder why Mitt wasn’t available.

    Linda: Thoughts on bullying?

    Mitt: Bullying is wrong, well most of the time, of course if they are gay you need to make sure that they don’t have equal rights, oh and if they are Hispanic then there’s a pretty good chance that they are an illegal immigrant so they certainly need to be bullied all the way back to Mexico. Oh that reminds me, before I leave I promised I would have a look at Dora’s citizenship documents, you have those on hand by any chance?

  • kyle

    I gotta give credit to Obama for doing this, it doesn’t look good for Romney that he didn’t do this.

  • PatheticNewGuy

    Answering handpicked softball questions with no chance for a follow-up. Right up Obama’s alley.

  • Trip

    Why would Mitt choose to be associated with a project a liberal shill like Linda Ellerbee is involved with? This has nothing to do with kids. This is all about painting Obama as a saint and Romney as a mean man (whether he would have participated or not). I understand the whole idea of having kids “pick” who they want for president, but I can tell you what the outcome will be. Obama, Obama, Obama. Liberal parents love to exploit their children in events like this. Let Obama “win” this popularity contest but we’ll see what happens when the real voters finally have their say.

  • Republican = evil

    Now getting kids interested in politics is exploiting them? Wow. I don’t know who is more pathetic, you or Romney.

    They don’t need to do anything to make Romney look like a mean man, he does that himself. His policies are mean and not kid friendly, that’s why he is not appearing, if he thought he would look good stating his positions to kids that’s exactly what he would do, his campaign knows that many of his positions will not win over kids. Obama will win the kids vote (as he did last year), but that’s not because of some liberal conspiracy, it’s because of Romney’s policies.

  • Dev Dev

    ya there kids of course there gonna choose obama its a popularity contest and schools push obama onto them i will agree he is more popular than mitt is but not better

  • Dev Dev

    republicans = evil???

    how are republicans evil im not a republican, but there not evil fyi Abe Lincoln was a republican… Theodore Roosevelt was one too.. those are both beloved presidents and you are gonna tell me they are evil? in a 2011 study, James Buchanan and Franklin Pierce both Democrats were found the top 2 worst presidents by historical ranking. The top 2 best presidents being Frank Roosevelt (Democratic) and Abe Lincoln (Republican).

  • MarionMorrison

    Was the President asked how he justified leaving such an enormous debt (6 trillion added by his administration) to be paid off by the very same kids on the show? This program is a joke and so is the idea touted by the producers that its a show to help get kids interested in politics. Mitt Romney was right to blow this fluff off. Good to see Obama was able to fit it into his schedule along with his hard-hitting appearances on The View and the late-night talk shows.

  • Tim

    Kids got common sense to pick the president. i really don’t trust the new Mitt right now. and even when he’s on the debate. he his still lying to everyone. and i don’t think all republicans are evil. just the twenty first century sure does make them look more bader.

  • Bookworm

    This is stupid. “Kids pick the president”? Seriously, why not let a 3 year vote based on which color they like more! This is silly and no parent is going to vote based on what their child likes when all of their likes and concerns are superficial. I would not campaign for the vote of people who can’t even vote!!

    Half the kids on Nick can’t get a learners permit.

  • Karla

    So wait Kids have questions about outsourcing? Laws on same sex marriage and gun control? Really or do you mean their parents picked a question for them? So he can meet with Linda but has not time to prepare for a debate or meet with World leaders at the UN? Of course kids and Linda will not challenge him on his answers then again maybe they just want to know his favorite food and his favorite color. Please kids can learn about the importance of voting through civic class they do not need candidates to participate in this on a channel I might add that has Jason Biggs with his nasty Tweets still on the network. I am hardly a prude but he crossed the line of decency with those.

  • james

    There are some kids in the world interested in politics and the issues stated. Just cause they are young doesn’t mean they don’t care.

  • Stephen

    Some of kids are not bing nice and this a good thing two do and you can pick the right president and that will help

  • Stephen

    And it is a little stupid to vote

  • lenea

    I want obama to win I think people should have the right to marry/date who ever you want

  • lenea

    And Stephen its not stupid to vote

  • Bronwyn Clark

    I have nothing about Mitt Romney but I am voteing for Obama becuse i think that even though he is a black person that does not mean he cant handel a state or a contanit Obama will anser what Romney cant.No matter what someone else thinks I want Obama no matter if you disagree with me.

  • lenea

    I agree browyn Clark and though he is a African American he is capable of great things

  • xui

    mitt is Israelite all the way and he wont let the country be free he is just like bush

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