Kids Grill Presidential Candidates on Nickelodeon


Nickelodeon’s Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Kids Pick the President airs Sunday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m., giving kids an opportunity to ask questions of both presidential candidates before casting their own vote online.

Hosted by award-winning journalist Linda Ellerbee, the special will feature exclusive interviews with Sens. McCain and Obama answering kids' questions on a wide range of hot political topics, including: the economy; the war in Iraq; global warming; health insurance; and immigration. Following the show, kids will be able to cast their votes by going to Nickelodeon will announce the results on Monday, Oct. 20, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Both the special and the "Kids' Vote" are the culmination of Nickelodeon's year-long Kids Pick the President initiative to build young citizens' awareness of the 2008 election process, its candidates and issues.

“Democracy works only if you participate in it, and this year we've all seen that kids are more interested than ever in participating,” Ellerbee said in a statement. ‘We like to encourage this. The candidates, by answering kids' questions directly, are showing respect for kids, as have the presidential candidates in previous elections.”

Kids can log on to from October 12 to 20 to cast their votes online as well as to get more information about each candidate and his position on the issues.