Election 2012: Answering Kids' Questions

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By: Hayley at Parenting.com
These days your kid's endless questions may well turn toward the election, what with all the TV ads and grown-ups arguing (er, debating). To bring the state of the union down to a level he'll get, we turned to Julian Wright, chairman of GenerationNation, a civics-education organization for kids.

Plus: How Parents are Voting in the 2012 Election

"Why do you vote?" "Because the person who wins gets to make important decisions for our family and everyone in the U.S. If someone else got to say what time you go to bed, or what you eat for snack, you would want to pick that person, right?"

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"What does the President do?" "The President is in charge of our country, just like I'm in charge of our home."

"Why do all those TV commercials sound so mean?" "You know how sometimes you feel like knocking down someone else's tower? Grown-ups get excited about which person will be the best president, so sometimes they knock the other candidate down, but that's not the right thing to do."

"Who gets to vote?" "Everyone in the country once they turn 18!"

For more hilarious political quips from kids, watch our funny video on what kids think of the election, politics and who the president is!

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