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Kids get political at Hillary book launch

Friday, March 04, 2016 - 02:05

Elementary school students offer their views on the U.S. presidential election as several new children's books about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton hit store shelves. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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It's not just adults getting in on the U.S. presidential election. At an elementary school in Potomac, Maryland, nine and ten-year-olds are learning all about the Democratic front-runner... She's the star of a new book called, "Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can". Author Cynthia Levinson was a classmate of Clinton's at Wellesley College. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHOR, CYNTHIA LEVINSON, SAYING: "I wanted to create sort-of a hologram of Hillary right in front of kids, that kids could feel they have a dialogue about issues in American politics today and history and religion and faith and action." In fact, ther are now several new children's books that chart Clinton's rise, as she sets her sights on becoming the first female president of the United States. Some are squarely 'Team Hillary'. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MAYA SIEGAL, TEN-YEAR-OLD STUDENT, SAYING: "I think it would be really cool to have a girl president." (SOUNDBITE) (English) LILY PANG, TEN-YEAR-OLD STUDENT, SAYING: "I just like her personality, because she's pretty nice." Others, however, are not so certain she's the one for the job. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SUDHISH SWAIN, TEN-YEAR-OLD STUDENT, SAYING: "I'm more on Bernie Sanders' side. Hillary Clinton is less direct than Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton -- I think she needs to, like, say what she's actually going to do more." (SOUNDBITE) (English) KYLE BAER, NINE-YEAR-OLD STUDENT, SAYING: "I like Hillary Clinton's ideas, but the only thing I have against her is that she's already been a resident of the White House before, and I don't think she should be a resident again." (SOUNDBITE) (English) TIANLAI YANG, TEN-YEAR-STUDENT, SAYING: "We mostly agree on that Donald Trump would not be a good president." (SOUNDBITE) (English) KATHERINE PEASE, NINE-YEAR-OLD STUDENT, SAYING: "Well, because he lies, he's a hypocrite, he's a megalomaniac, and he's delusional. which really -- those four qualities aren't good for a president." Whatever the results of the November 8th election...there's no doubt these fourth graders will be watching.

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Kids get political at Hillary book launch

Friday, March 04, 2016 - 02:05