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Nick News is helping pick the President… but this time, it’s without Mitt Romney’s help.

Nickelodeon announced that it will once again air a Nick News with Linda Ellerbee special, “Kids Pick the President: The Candidates,” that will premiere Monday, Oct. 15. Following the special, kids can vote online on who they think should be the next president. And CNN better listen in: Kids have correctly predicted the eventual winner five of the last six elections (in 2000, kids picked Al Gore).

Unfortunately, only President Obama will be answering questions this time around. In a press release, the show stated, “After numerous attempts by Nick News to get former Governor Mitt Romney to participate in the special, his camp declined saying he was unable to fit it into his schedule.” Instead, Nick will be using previously taped clips of Romney speaking about some of the issues.

“By answering kids’ questions directly, candidates show respect for kids,” Ellerbee said in the same release. “We are disappointed that Mitt Romney wouldn’t take the time to answer the questions, but are thrilled that President Obama participated in the special.”

In the pre-taped Q&A, President Obama will answer questions “about gun control, jobs, illegal immigration, samesex marriage, outsourcing, bullying and obesity. He also will respond to more light-hearted questions like if he’d ever had his heart broken or what was his most embarrassing moment.

No word on if we’ll get Obama’s thoughts on Big Bird… or his campaign’s Big Bird ad.