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Students pick Bush over Kerry in mock election
Hernando Today ^ | October 19, 2004 | PAUL QUINLAN pquinlan@hernandotoday.com

Posted on 10/20/2004 1:59:43 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

SPRING HILL - Arianna Medina hadn't given much thought to the presidential election until she joined roughly 50 million other Americans who tuned in to the debates between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry.

That's when she noticed something a bit disquieting and unpresidential about the incumbent.

"Bush would get really nervous and would start twitching," Medina said, shortly after casting a vote for Kerry.

Unfortunately for the Massachusetts Senator, Medina's vote won't get him any closer to the Oval Office.

Medina, 10, and her fellow students at Deltona Elementary School each received a taste of the democratic process Wednesday when they cast their ballots in the school's second mock presidential election.

In the end, Bush won with 473 votes, compared to Kerry's 365. But teachers called the exercise more important than the results.

"Not only do the kids get the experience of voting, but they get to go home and say, 'I voted,'" said Diane Alt, media specialist at Deltona Elementary. "And the kids know more than I would ever have expected."

Alt organized the school's first mock election in 2000, with the hope of sparking the kids' interest in national politics. Like the national election, the roughly 1000 ballots cast by the students were almost evenly split between George W. Bush and Al Gore, although Gore squeaked out a victory.

But the biggest and most encouraging difference between the school's 2000 mock election and this year's is that the students seem more opinionated and better informed, Alt said.

"I think the kids are more aware of the candidates and they have opinions," Alt said.

Apparently the rancor and passion surrounding this year's presidential race has rubbed off on the Hernando County's elementary school students.

Jillian Diaz, 10, pointed to Bush's religious faith as the reason she voted to re-elect.

"He's a Christian, and I am too," Diaz said.

She said she considered Kerry's purported religious faith to be somewhat phony, citing a speech in which the Senator called 'John 16:3' his favorite Bible verse, when he intended to say John 3:16.

"It made him look stupid," said Diaz.

Karina Sim, 11, went with Kerry, criticizing the President for fudging facts during the debates and for invading Iraq.

"Bush said a lot of things that weren't true," Sim said. "And he's killing our soldiers."

Of course, students offered a range of other, less analytical, reasons for choosing a candidate.

"I just don't like Kerry," declared 10-year-old Robert Reyes. Asked for a reason, the boy thought for a moment, then replied, "because he freaks me out."

Glenny Gonzalez said she supported Kerry because the president had lied to the American people. She added, "I like Kerry's name, too."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush; children; education; election; kerry; kidsvote; mockelection; religion

1 posted on 10/20/2004 1:59:44 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

smart kids...nice to see the Teachers Union lose


2 posted on 10/20/2004 2:03:13 AM PDT by CT CONSERVATIVE (NOT FAIR-That's Dan's Story to Break!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"And the kids know more than I would ever have expected."

Oh what the heck--let's just let them vote too.

3 posted on 10/20/2004 2:06:11 AM PDT by beaversmom (Michael Medved has the Greatest radio show on GOD's Green Earth)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Out of the mouths of babe's...thanks for the post


4 posted on 10/20/2004 2:06:35 AM PDT by Halgr
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
My sister, a teacher in Palm Coast, Florida (located about 20 miles south of St. Augustine) told me that her school conducted a mock election just last week. Out of approximately 1200 students voting (grades K thru 5 I believe), George Bush won 653 to Kerry's 547.
5 posted on 10/20/2004 2:08:40 AM PDT by ~Vor~ (Four More Years!)
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To: Halgr

Pray that the smart ones don't get brainwashed by our Publik Skook System later on.


6 posted on 10/20/2004 2:09:20 AM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (John Kerry is a hunter like my name is Mohommad.)
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To: ~Vor~

Pray that the ones who "Voted" for Bush won't get brainwashed by our Publik Skool System later on.


7 posted on 10/20/2004 2:10:17 AM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (John Kerry is a hunter like my name is Mohommad.)
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To: Halgr
***"I just don't like Kerry," declared 10-year-old Robert Reyes. Asked for a reason, the boy thought for a moment, then replied, "because he freaks me out." ***

That about says it all!

8 posted on 10/20/2004 2:12:37 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
But the biggest and most encouraging difference between the school's 2000 mock election and this year's is that the students seem more opinionated and better informed, Alt said

And thus President Bush wins.

9 posted on 10/20/2004 2:13:13 AM PDT by Flyer (Prosecute Vote Fraud!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

When my then 5 year old son was in kindergarten a couple of years ago, somehow the topic of President Bush came up between him and a girl classmate. He told me the story later that night. The classmate told my son, "George Bush! He's an evil man" My son replied, "He's not evil! He's a Republican!" He had such righteous indignation in his voice when he was telling the story. I was so proud of him for sticking up for the President.


10 posted on 10/20/2004 2:15:05 AM PDT by beaversmom (Michael Medved has the Greatest radio show on GOD's Green Earth)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You noticed that a so called "reporter" asked the boy why Kerry freaks him out, but yet no reporter asked that girl exactly what were Bush's lies? I know. I know this was an elementary school straw poll, but even the rats reporters were allowed to challenge that one student slamming Kerry. If you want to show your class something, if nothing at all, show them the ways the media bends over backwards for certain political parties. You can start with Dan Rather, ABC Political News Director and ask your favorite VC program (night night line).


11 posted on 10/20/2004 2:15:42 AM PDT by ONETWOONE (onetwoone)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He is pretty freaky. Was he speaking in French yesterday? I kept hearing something weird on Hugh Hewitt's show being replayed over and over but couldn't listen long enough to get the whole story.


12 posted on 10/20/2004 2:17:20 AM PDT by beaversmom (Michael Medved has the Greatest radio show on GOD's Green Earth)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"I just don't like Kerry," declared 10-year-old Robert Reyes. Asked for a reason, the boy thought for a moment, then replied, "because he freaks me out."

Bless your heart, son. Me too...

13 posted on 10/20/2004 2:21:31 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
Maybe the tide is turning...my sister told me that one little girl in line was crying because the boy behind her was trying to talk her into voting for Bush...smart boy, but I told my sister don't be surprised if the girl's parents call the school screaming "voter intimidation"...LOL
14 posted on 10/20/2004 2:23:26 AM PDT by ~Vor~ (Four More Years!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"I just don't like Kerry," declared 10-year-old Robert Reyes. Asked for a reason, the boy thought for a moment, then replied, "because he freaks me out."

The truth of Kerry in a nutshell. . .I hope more people have the eyes of this ten-year old, when they prepare to cast their vote.

15 posted on 10/20/2004 2:29:24 AM PDT by cricket (Don't lose your head. . vote Republican. . .)
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To: Flyer
"And thus President Bush wins."

Indeed. Fewer children left behind. No wonder the Libs hate it.

16 posted on 10/20/2004 2:31:03 AM PDT by cricket (Don't lose your head. . vote Republican. . .)
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To: Caipirabob

Oct. 19, 2004. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


17 posted on 10/20/2004 2:33:40 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: ONETWOONE
"You noticed that a so called "reporter" asked the boy why Kerry freaks him out, but yet no reporter asked that girl exactly what were Bush's lies? I know. I know this was an elementary school straw poll, but even the rats reporters were allowed to challenge that one student slamming Kerry."

Good point. . .and your conclusion.

18 posted on 10/20/2004 2:33:59 AM PDT by cricket (Don't lose your head. . vote Republican. . .)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It takes the innocence and simplicity of a child to see the truth quite well.


19 posted on 10/20/2004 2:35:03 AM PDT by zr2hammer
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To: beaversmom
My son replied, "He's not evil! He's a Republican!" He had such righteous indignation in his voice when he was telling the story.

The indignation is funny! Reminds me of when I went to vote in NYC once,deep in dem country.

An old woman checking names looked up at me and screeched 'democrat?'

My warm smile vanished and I indignantly responded 'PLEASE!' as to say 'oh goodness, how could you say such a thing?' It was real funny, though the row of provincial NYCers on line didn't care for my putdown of their ilk! ;-)

20 posted on 10/20/2004 2:38:04 AM PDT by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

There goes the "losers", telling that lie again about Gore winning! Such B/S!


21 posted on 10/20/2004 2:55:07 AM PDT by Chapita (There are none so blind as those who refuse to see! Santana)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I'm sure this is NOT the right way to bring this to the attention of our fellow freepers, but a leftist acquantance of mine sent me this link today.

I personally think that the site should be freeped, but it's your decision.

Here's the link: http://www.bushvchoice.com/ultimate_machine/index.html

Perhaps some link savvy folks can get "happening"?


22 posted on 10/20/2004 3:31:26 AM PDT by Don W (God KNOWS!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I remember my first mock election as a little kid - Nixon and McGovern. Nixon won by a landslide and I got my first taste of what it is like to feel disgust towards a liberal. It was a valuable lesson.


23 posted on 10/20/2004 3:43:14 AM PDT by meowmeow (We are all Buckhead!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Back in the 96 election there was a vote at our kids school. They were in the 2nd grade and knew they were voting for Bob Dole.

When they came home I asked them who they voted for and they said Bill Clinton. I asked them why they voted for Clinton and they said that Bill Clinton was the only guy they knew, the other guy was Robert Dole. We had never talked about a Robert Dole.

Yep, just another small way that libs try and spin elections.


24 posted on 10/20/2004 4:13:16 AM PDT by PeteB570
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To: meowmeow; PeteB570; Don W

Bump!


25 posted on 10/20/2004 4:52:17 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If this article isn't so typical of the media. Bush wins the vote, but the first quote is from a little girl who voted for Kerry who said Bush was nervous and twitched.

The article then goes on with more quotes from the kids, which total three for Kerry and two for Bush.

But Bush won the vote.


26 posted on 10/20/2004 5:06:42 AM PDT by Auntie Mame ("Whether you think you can or think you can't -- you are right." Henry Ford)
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To: Auntie Mame

***But Bush won the vote.***

Bump!


27 posted on 10/20/2004 5:19:29 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"It made him look stupid," said Diaz.

Very astute observation of the pandering know-it-all.

28 posted on 10/20/2004 5:24:40 AM PDT by Carolina
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

All this brings me back to my grade school year, in '84.

Our school overwhelming voted for Reagan.

I hope this is an idicator of the same trend for the President.


29 posted on 10/20/2004 5:26:56 AM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
She said she considered Kerry's purported religious faith to be somewhat phony, citing a speech in which the Senator called 'John 16:3' his favorite Bible verse, when he intended to say John 3:16. "It made him look stupid," said Diaz.

Never happened, though. Or actually, it did, but it was George H. W. Bush who made the mistake.

30 posted on 10/20/2004 5:31:28 AM PDT by Sloth ("Rather is TV's real-life Ted Baxter, without Baxter's quiet dignity." -- Ann Coulter)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Bush said a lot of things that weren't true," Sim said. "And he's killing our soldiers."

No Sim, that's not right.

Our soldiers are dying because they're fighting against the terrorists so that these terrorists don't kill Americans like you and your parents (who obviously told you that Bush was killing our soldiers), as they did on 9/11.

So the right answer is that terrorists are killing our soldiers, and your mommy and daddy are too ungrateful to tell you the truth about why they're dying.

They're dying to protect you and me.

31 posted on 10/20/2004 5:37:18 AM PDT by Luis Gonzalez (Some people see the world as they would want it to be, effective people see the world as it is.)
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To: Luis Gonzalez

Bump!


32 posted on 10/20/2004 5:41:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
In the end, Bush won with 473 votes, compared to Kerry's 365. But teachers called the exercise more important than the results.

Teacher-speak for, "How in the heck are we going to brainwash kids to vote for who we want them to vote for???"

33 posted on 10/20/2004 5:51:45 AM PDT by trebb (Ain't God good . . .)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

My daughter told me the other day, for fun they voted in P.E. class. There were 4 classes in PE, so there was 90 students. She said 4 voted for Kerry, and the rest were votes for Bush. They wrote the names on a paper and turned them in. Granted we do live in Alabama, but I told her wouldn't it be wonderful if the real election results looked that way?


34 posted on 10/20/2004 6:04:25 AM PDT by EmilyGeiger (They that can give up liberty to obtain safety deserve neither liberty or safety. Ben Franklin)
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To: trebb; All

***....In three of the four local schools, Bush was the top vote-getter. Kerry captured victory only at Easton Area High School, with 58 percent of the vote.

"Issues that affect me most are plans for Iraq and social programs, and I prefer Kerry's views, although I also take a Democratic stance," said Steve Martucci, 17, of Easton. "Bush just doesn't impress me with what he has done with our national surplus and turned it into a deficit."

At Pen Argyl Area High School, the election was organized by the Diversity, Tolerance and Awareness Club. Bush garnered 124 votes to Kerry's 98. ....***


http://www.nj.com/news/expresstimes/nj/index.ssf?/base/news-6/109826316534980.xml


35 posted on 10/20/2004 6:06:09 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Nice!!


36 posted on 10/20/2004 6:06:41 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: EmilyGeiger

In 4th grade, we voted for Reagan vs. Mondale. Mondale got one vote from approximately 75 kids. I guess I lived in pretty Republican area.


37 posted on 10/20/2004 6:11:12 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Soul Seeker

I remember my grade school election in '80. It was Reagan over Carter by about 100 votes. I remember a girl antagonizing me for voting Reagan. She said Carter would beat him in the real election. This girl always reminded me of Nellie Olsen on Little HOuse on the Prarie... real bratty. It was so great going to school on that next Wed. and stick my tongue out at her!!! Because not only did he win, that was the first time that Alabama voted Republican. This was always a yellow dog dem. state up until that point. It has been a Republican state nationally ever since then. NOw if we can only change the state wide elections to reflect that we would be doing great!


38 posted on 10/20/2004 6:13:02 AM PDT by EmilyGeiger (They that can give up liberty to obtain safety deserve neither liberty or safety. Ben Franklin)
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To: ilgipper

I am exactly 4 yrs. older than you then! In 80, I was in 4th grade and we voted Reagan v. Carter.


39 posted on 10/20/2004 6:19:21 AM PDT by EmilyGeiger (They that can give up liberty to obtain safety deserve neither liberty or safety. Ben Franklin)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

Please don't generalize your comments about the public school system. Some of us are out there praying for our students and trying to teach them the so-called "old-fashioned" values and Biblical truths about knowledge and wisdom in spite of what liberals want. I know of that upon which this great nation was founded and have tried to instill those values into my own children as well as the thousands of students with whom I have come into contact. Thankfully some do heed the lessons. I have quite a few high school students who support GWB and can articulate the valid reasons why.


40 posted on 10/20/2004 7:41:29 PM PDT by servantgirl_america ("W" in '04)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Bush would get really nervous and would start twitching," Medina said, shortly after casting a vote for Kerry.

Unfortunately for the Massachusetts Senator, Medina's vote won't get him any closer to the Oval Office.

Medina, 10, and her fellow students at Deltona Elementary School each received a taste of the democratic process Wednesday when they cast their ballots in the school's second mock presidential election.

Phenominal reason to vote for someone there Medina!! So what, for you it all comes down to what kind of suit they're wearing, how you interpret their mannerisms, tie color, you know, the important things?

You pinhead!

Let's just hope that if Kerry gets elected that you're not one of half a million people twitching while lying dying helplessly in the middle of whatever city you live in when a biological WMD goes off.

41 posted on 10/20/2004 7:45:55 PM PDT by Fruitbat
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LMAO...

In the end, Bush won with 473 votes, compared to Kerry's 365. But teachers called the exercise more important than the results.

Naturally! And if the results would have been opposite, then it would of course have meant how much smarter and more wise all these kids were than most of the adults in this nation.

42 posted on 10/20/2004 7:47:55 PM PDT by Fruitbat
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"I just don't like Kerry," declared 10-year-old Robert Reyes. Asked for a reason, the boy thought for a moment, then replied, "because he freaks me out."


Well that should do it for generations X, Y, and Z! Happy trials John.
43 posted on 10/20/2004 7:54:57 PM PDT by Boiler Plate
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