Everyone has an opinion on who they want to win the 2012 Presidential election and why. Will it be four more years for President Barack Obama? Or will Mitt Romney prevail? We do have more than two choices, but the debates have our Democratic President and Republican choice getting us all riled up over everything they say. What if we simplified it? What if we took this vote to the littlest of kids?
That's exactly what I did. I showed kids 5 and under side-by-side photos of the candidates and asked them who they wanted to be President and why. Some kids saw the photos pictured above (that's my daughter); others saw images of the candidates wearing different suits. All images shown were chosen in attempt to be non-biased. But it was revealed to me quickly that some kids just like blue a lot. I also learned that my house is divided in who we are voting for. Regardless, there was a clear winner in our kid vote for President. Check out their picks and reasons behind them.
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Arran, 4, voted Obama. "Cause he's the guy of the United States!" And you don't like that other guy? "No, he is a bad guy." So you want this one? (Obama) "Yeah, because I love him."
Hans, 5, voted Obama. "I just want to keep the current President."
Delaina, 4, voted Obama. "He should win. He looks like he's older." Then pointed to Romney and said, "He should lose, he doesn't look older, and he has black hair."
Ireland, 5 1/2, voted Obama: "Because he's not as old as that guy (points to Romney).
Ethan, 5, voted Obama. "Because I like him. He's a good President."
Kaylan, 3, voted Obama. "I want him to be because. Because I love him."
Max, 3, voted Obama. "That guy! Duh, he is the president."
Bianca, 5, voted Obama, because she said "I think he's smarter."
Ivan, 5, voted Obama. "I like him." Why? "I just do."
Torin, 4, voted Obama. Pointing to Romney, "How about this Democrat?" Mom said, "He's not a democrat." Points to Obama: "How about this Democrat?"
Lukas, 2 1/2, voted Obama. "I don't know. Him nice."
Rose, 4, voted Obama. "Because I like that guy!" Mom asked, why not this guy pointing to Romney. "Because I don't like that guy."
Clara, 4, voted Obama. "I pick the blue one (Obama). Blue is gooder than red. The red one looks funny, like a clown who forgot his face paint and fake hair. Well, his hair looks kind of fake. Is that is his real hair, mommy? Hmmm, I think the blue one goes to the dentist a lot. He has pretty teeth. Maybe he flosses."
Finn, 2 1/2, voted Obama. When I asked why, he gave a smile and said "don't know."
Claire, 4 1/2, voted Obama. "Um, because he's brown, and I like brown."
Maddox, 4, voted Obama. "It starts with and O! OBAMA! Because he has the most points." When Mom asked what the points were, he replied, "For the debate!" How do you win points at a debate? "I just say the best words I can."
Drea, 3, voted Obama. "I like that guy."
Conner, 4, voted Obama. "I don't know why."
Kayla, 2, voted Obama. "Bama!" was her response. Kayla's twin brother Carter wouldn't vote and ran away.
Isabella, 4, voted Obama. When asked why she said, "I don't know."
Daniella, 4, voted Obama. Gave no reason.
Hannah, 5, voted Obama. "Because he is smiling more."
Penelope, almost 3, voted Obama. "Because I can!" When asked what that meant, she said, "Because he can do it! Yes! He can open the window!"
Rocco, 5, voted Romney. "Because I like his tie."
Jack, 5, voted Romney. "Because he looks good"
Molly, 4, voted Romney. "Because he was wearing black."
Josie, 5, voted Romney. "I like his tie."
Aurora, 3 1/2, voted Romney. When asked why she said no and walked away.
Elliott, 2, voted Romney. He was excited to choose between the "guys" and when asked why said, "Mouth."
Hunter, almost 3, voted Romney. "Because of my truck."
Sofia, 3, voted Romney. He's a nice guy and he likes everyone." But then changed to Obama. She said, "His smile shows he's nice."
Summary: The Obama voters were certainly spirited in their responses. Nice teeth, beauty, brains -- all good attributes. Romney did well with his tie. We'll see who really wins a prize in a couple of weeks.
What do you think of these kids' votes? Ask your child, and report back what they had to say!
Image via Michele Zipp