'This Is Like Middle School': Kids Analyze the Election

The hit YouTube series 'Kids React' collects adorable sound bites about the cadidates, their campaign ads, and more.  

The Fine Brothers have racked up almost half a billion video views on YouTube with hit series like Kids React. The premise is simple: sit a handful of precocious, adorable kids down and collect their thoughts on everything from the Olympics to Nyan Cat (remixed). They also produce Elders React and Teens React. Their latest, Kids React to Election 2012, is going viral thanks to some funny -- and sometimes surprisingly sharp -- observations.

"It's like they're five year olds fighting over a toy, except the toy is America!" says one junior pundit, exasperated. Big Bird was a polarizing topic; most kids supported Sesame Street but a young Romney fan acknowledged, "If Mitt Romney's going to create a lot of jobs and help us get our economy back, I think PBS is a small sacrifice that we should take." Interestingly, most of the girls said they would like to be president one day, but the boys did not. "You might be assassinated!" "It's too hard! Even rappers make more money than the president, that's what I can't understand!" And who would they vote for? One little girl says "both!" 

For more videos from the Fine brothers, visit their YouTube page. 

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