Kids report on the presidential race
The Scholastic Kids Press Corps has 80-plus members ages 10 to 14 from all over the United States.
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Soon a collective cheer bubbled up from the audience and all eyes were on Obama. The kid reporters listened for him to address any of their questions during his speech, occasionally writing notes in their reporters' pads – or in Zachary's case, on a brown lunch bag. (Even the best reporters sometimes forget their notebooks!)Skip to next paragraph
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When the speech ended, they found out there would be no press conference. Their only choice was to join the crowd up at the rail to try to get Obama's attention as he made his way out.
It was a tense few minutes as Zachary and fellow reporter Nua Toy-Giles wormed their way through the pack. Hana opted to head up to the bleachers where she could get a good view.
Obama stopped to talk to several people as he inched his way toward the kids. Finally, they caught his eye, and he leaned down to hear Zach's question.
When Zach and Nua emerged, their principal's face was beaded with sweat from the excitement and the exertion of holding the video camera high above the crowd.
As Zach caught his breath, he shared Obama's answer to his question, the first one they always ask candidates: Why should my parents vote for you? "He told me he's very good at bringing people together ... to agree on things like healthcare. And he said he's a very honest man, too."
The kid reporters had time for a short break before heading to a Mitt Romney event at a local restaurant. Over the weekend, they'd be busy writing up their stories.
On Feb. 5, known in election lingo as Super Tuesday, another set of kid reporters will be busy keeping tabs on the primary elections in other states.
The Scholastic Kids Press Corps will continue its coverage through the general election in November. They'll even write about the inauguration of the new president in 2009.
Who knows, maybe when the 2012 presidential election rolls around, you'll be one of those red-shirted reporters yourself!
1. To be elected president of the United States, a candidate must receive _____ electoral votes.
2. The voting of the people is called the _______ vote.
3. The first political party in the United States was called the ________ Party.
4. The Green Party formed as a result of the _______ movement.
c. equal rights
d. civil rights
5. To serve as president of the United States, a candidate must be at least ___ years old.
6. Americans vote for the US president on election day, which occurs every four years in early _______.
7. The first primary was held in _________ in 1868.
Scholastic News: © 2008 1. (b) 270
2. (b) popular
3. (c) Federalist
4. (b) environmental
5. (a) 35
6. (c) November
7. (d) Pennsylvania
Kids' questions for the candidates
These questions were prepared by Scholastic Kid Reporters for Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a few days before the primaries in New Hampshire:
1. Why should my parents vote for you?
2. What is your plan for renewable energy, not including nuclear power?
3. How would you make sure that all children get a good education?
4. Where do you think you received most of your education: in a classroom or real life?
5. If you could go back to any grade, what would it be and why?
6. What inspired you to run for president?
7. I'm really worried about the war in Iraq and the threat from Iran. What are your plans for keeping America safe?
8. What cause do you feel is the main focus of your campaign?