Are children part of the 47%? Or is Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney just too busy to answer their questions?
Regardless of the reason why, Romney has turned down an invitation from Nickelodeon to participate in its Kids Pick the President: The Candidates special. Nickelodeon said that his camp told them that he could not fit it into his schedule, even after the network made multiple attempts to make it work.
The special premieres October 15 at 8 p.m. It is part of Nick News With Linda Ellerbee and is designed to provide children across the United States with the chance to ask the candidates various questions. Nickelodeon also does a Kids' Vote poll, which has predicted the winner of the presidential election five out of the last six elections.
President Barack Obama agreed to an interview, which was taped at the White House. He answered questions regarding gun control, jobs, immigration, same-sex marriage, outsourcing, bullying and obesity, as well as sillier questions. (Where he revealed his clumsy side.)
The special will feature Romney, in clips taken from the campaign trail.
"By answering kids' questions directly, candidates show respect for kids," said 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."