Kids chime in on the 2016 presidential election

Kids Corner: Children react to the race

SAN ANTONIO -- A group of elementary school kids weighed in on the presidential race and what they thought about the candidates.

KENS 5 sat down with second- and fourth-graders from St. George Episcopal School and asked them a series of questions. The first question was what they thought about each presidential candidate, starting with Donald Trump.

"I would think of him as a good man," said Roberto Cavazos, a second-grader.

"I think of him as a wall builder," said Parker Hamstra, a fourth-grader.

"He's not evil but he's a little bit loco," said Venkaya Dutta, another fourth-grader of the Republican presidential candidate. "I wouldn't say he's the best choice like out of all the presidents so far. I would just say that he is a pretty good choice."

When asked about Clinton, the students also had a mixed bag of opinions.

"She is selfish. She has experience in government things," Hamstra said.

"Since she's friends with President Obama, which is a really good president, I think that she has a little, slighter better chance than Donald Trump," Cavazos said.

"I think she's done a few bad things like healthcare, when Bill Clinton was president," Dutta said.

KENS 5 then asked the students what kind of qualities make a good president.

"They have to be nice, not selfish, they have to care about what happens to their country before what happens to themselves. And only go to war if they are being aggressive. Not going to war for selfish things and risking lives for no reason," Hamstra said.

"Kindness and not selfish," second-grader Grace Moe said.

During the interview, the students watched two clips from the second presidential debate. The first clip showed Clinton telling the audience that she was glad Trump was not in charge of the law in the country. Trump responded by saying if he was, Clinton would be in jail.

The students unanimously agreed that the tone of Trump's comment was not nice.

"They really, really hate each other and always want to push each other down because both of them want to win the debate. Everybody knows that. But I think trying to push the other person down, and getting them to have less votes, they should push themselves up," Hamstra noted.

"Maybe they couldn't fight so much and just worry about themselves, not saying that they can't talk about each other. But they could be a little nicer," second-grader Selamir Trevnio said.

"The other thing is to get a better reputation, you can boost that other person up, just slightly. A little bit higher," Dutta said.

The students were shown a second clip from the second debate where an undecided voter asked the candidates to name one positive aspect of each other. Trump responded that Clinton was a fighter and didn't quit. He added that he disagreed with the causes she fought for and her judgement.

"Part of it mean, part of it good," Moe said.

"I think Donald Trump was kind of being rude a little there because he may be just lying and just trying to say, ‘See, I can say it even though I don't show it,’" Trevino said.

The students all agreed that, overall, the candidates acted more like children than adults.

"I know these are adults and kids can't usually be mean to other kids. That would usually be called bullying," Cavazos said.

"They're acting like kids because they're so immature, can't do anything appropriate," Hamstra said.

The students said that if they could give the candidates some advice, it would be to support one another and show more respect. A majority of the students said they didn't want either of the candidates to be president and preferred if Obama could serve another term.

(© 2016 KENS)


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