In case you missed it: Less than a week after threatening to murder Big Bird and then chuckling about it in front of millions of horrified but oddly entranced Americans, Presidential Candi-bot Mitt Romney has dealt another overly theatrical middle finger to the kids in America — he's become only the third candidate in 16 years to refuse to sit down with Nick News for their Kids Pick the President special.
According to Reuters, Emmy-winning Nick News the longest-running kids' news show on TV, and the show's Kids Pick special has correctly guessed who would win the Presidency 5 of 6 times. Producers are, understandably disappointed by Romney's non-participation, and one spokesperson in particular had some barely-veiled harsh words for the Republican,
"By answering kids' questions directly, candidates show respect for kids," [Producer Linda] Ellerbee said in a statement. "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."
Only John Kerry and George W. Bush in 2004 have declined Nickelodeon's invitation.
I'm disappointed, sure. But surprised? Romney agreeing to participate in the Q&A with kids who aren't billionaire casino magnates would represent more of a 180 than his sudden vocalized support of teachers, the middle class, and people with preexisting conditions. Them's the breaks, kids.
But on the other hand, if you want to know how Mitt Romney would talk to children, just watch how he talks to women. You'll get a chance when CNN's Candy Crowley moderates the next Presidential debate.