Romney skips Nickelodeon, Obama doesn't
"Kids Pick the President: The Candidates," with videotaped questions for the candidates from youngsters nationwide, debuts Oct. 15 on the children's channel.
Romney's campaign said "he simply didn't have time. He couldn't fit it in his schedule."
His decision is disappointing because "answering kids' questions directly shows respect for the several million kids who will vote in Nickelodeon's 'Kids Pick the President' campaign," she said.
"That's several million kids who actually want to get involved in the democratic process," Ellerbee said. "They don't deserve to be dissed. But former Gov. Romney also blew off Letterman and Big Bird, so I guess we're in good company."
An Obama campaign spokesman jumped on Romney's decision when asked for comment, saying, "It's no surprise Romney decided to play hooky" and jabbing at the GOP candidate over education and PBS funding.
"Unfortunately for Mitt Romney, 'The dog ate my homework' just doesn't cut it when you're running for president," spokesman Adam Fetcher said in a statement.
For the special, Obama fielded questions regarding gun control, jobs, illegal immigration, same-sex marriage and bullying. He also was asked about his most embarrassing moment, Nickelodeon said.
"Running into the wall is par for the course for me," the president replied. "I'm running into doors and desks all the time."
- Posted on October 8, 2012
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