First Big Bird is on the attack and now the kids are not happy, either. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is coming under fire for declining to participate on a Nickelodeon kids show.
Every presidential election, the network does a show called “Kids Pick the President: The Candidates.” Each candidate answers questions submitted by children and afterward, an online poll asks kids to make their pick.
The show’s host and executive producer Linda Ellerbee says she’s upset that Romney “dissed” the kids.
“That’s several million kids who actually want to get involved in the democratic process,” Ellerbee said. “They don’t deserve to be dissed. But former Gov. Romney also blew off Letterman and Big Bird, so I guess we’re in good company.”
Romney said he could not make it due to time constraints.
Only two other candidates have declined to take part since 1992; John Kerry declined in 2004, which forced President George W. Bush to withdraw. Bush did, however, participate in 2000.