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>> MY PARENTS ARE FROM SAMOA AND SRI LANKA. >> MY PARENTS ARE FROM INDIA. >> MY FAMILY IS FROM CHINA, AND I WAS BORN IN AMERICA. >> MY PARENTS ARE FROM THE PHILIPPINES. >> I'M A BANGLADESHI AMERICAN. >> CAMBODIAN AMERICAN. >> TAHITIAN AMERICAN. >> TIBETAN AMERICAN. >> JAPANESE AMERICAN. >> INDONESIAN AMERICAN. >> KOREAN AMERICAN. >> male announcer: THIS IS NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE. WHO AM I? ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN AND PROUD. NOW FROM NEW YORK, HERE IS LINDA ELLERBEE. >> Ellerbee: ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN IS A BLANKET TERM THAT LUMPS TOGETHER A MULTITUDE OF HERITAGES, RELIGIONS, LANGUAGES, AND ETHNICITIES. 15 MILLION PEOPLE IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN. THEY COME FROM ALL PARTS OF ASIA AND THE PACIFIC ISLANDS, NEARLY 50 COUNTRIES IN ALL. THEY DO NOT ALL LOOK ALIKE, SOUND ALIKE, OR SHARE THE SAME BELIEFS, AND YET, OTHERS TEND TO SEE THEM ALL AS THE SAME, CALLING KOREAN AMERICAN CHINESE AND CHINESE AMERICANS JAPANESE; CONFUSING INDIANS WITH PAKISTANIS, HAWAIIANS WITH FILIPINOS WITH MALAYSIANS. MAY IS ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH IN THE U.S., WHICH MEANS IT'S A GOOD TIME TO GET TO KNOW AND TO CELEBRATE ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS. >> I DON'T THINK PEOPLE ALWAYS THINK OF INDIA WHEN THEY THINK OF ASIA, EVEN THOUGH IT'S GOT THE SECOND MOST POPULATION IN ASIA. PEOPLE THINK OF COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA OR JAPAN. I'M MAHEEMA. I'M 13, AND I'M FROM WOODBURY, MINNESOTA. I'M A FIRST GENERATION INDIAN AMERICAN BECAUSE MY PARENTS BOTH WERE BORN AND BROUGHT UP IN INDIA, AND THEY CAME HERE, AND THEN THEY HAD ME. MY FAMILY IS MAINLY DIFFERENT, I GUESS, BECAUSE WE FOLLOW A LOT OF TRADITIONS FROM INDIA. WE EAT INDIAN FOOD ALMOST EVERY DAY. WE DO CELEBRATE A LOT OF THE INDIAN HOLIDAYS. ALMOST EVERY STATE IN INDIA HAS SOMEWHAT OF A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE. HINDI IS ONE OF THE MOST USED LANGUAGES. [speaking Hindi] I SPEAK MAINLY HINDI AND ENGLISH. I GUESS YOU COULD SAY I SPEAK HINGLISH. WE USUALLY TAKE TRIPS TO INDIA EVERY OTHER YEAR, AND THEY'RE ANYWHERE FROM, LIKE, THREE WEEKS TO THREE MONTHS. INDIA IS REALLY, REALLY DIFFERENT, ESPECIALLY FROM AMERICA. I THINK IT'S REALLY FUN. I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR ME TO MAINTAIN MY INDIAN HERITAGE, BECAUSE IT'S WHO I AM, AND WHO MY PARENTS ARE EVEN MORE. I THINK IT KEEPS ME GROUNDED. THERE ARE, LIKE, ONLY TWO INDIAN KIDS IN MY SCHOOL, BUT I DON'T FEEL DIFFERENT. I FEEL I FIT IN AS MUCH AS ANYONE ELSE. THE THINGS I HAVE IN COMMON WITH MY SCHOOL FRIENDS ARE MORE THE CLASSES WE TAKE. WE'RE KIND OF WEIRD, AND WE'RE ALL NERDY, WHICH, BASICALLY, IS HOW WE BECAME ALL FRIENDS. I BASICALLY HAVE TWO GROUPS. ONE FOR ME AND MY AMERICAN FRIENDS, AND THEN MY SILC FRIENDS. SILC STANDS FOR SCHOOL OF INDIA FOR LANGUAGES AND CULTURE. [singing Hindi] IT'S BASICALLY WHERE KIDS GO FOR ABOUT THREE OR FOUR HOURS EVERY WEEKEND. THEY HAVE HINDI, WHICH IS WHAT I'VE BEEN TAKING. >> [speaking Hindi] >> WE LEARN MAINLY ABOUT THE HISTORY OF INDIA, LIKE, THE INDEPENDENCE, WHICH I THINK IS REALLY COOL. THE BIGGEST THING THAT I HAVE IN COMMON WITH MY SILC FRIENDS IS THAT WE'RE ALL INDIAN. AND I'VE KNOWN THEM FOR YEARS, SO I'M REALLY CLOSE WITH THEM. WITH MY SCHOOL FRIENDS, YOU HAVE TO LOOK MORE TO FIND THINGS IN COMMON. IT'S NOT AS EASY. THERE'S BASICALLY JUST TWO DIFFERENT PARTS OF MY LIFE. I REALLY JUST LOVE MY AMERICAN CULTURE AND MY INDIAN CULTURE. AND I'M NOT SURE EVERYONE GETS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE THAT CLOSE TO THEIR HERITAGE. >> I FEEL A CONNECTION TO MY HERITAGE WHEN I'M DOING A LION DANCE BECAUSE IT'S A PART OF MY CULTURE AND IT'S ALSO SOMETHING THAT I LOVE TO DO. MY NAME IS JUSTIN. I AM 13 YEARS OLD. I LIVE IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA. SOME PEOPLE MAY NOT THINK OF NEW ORLEANS WHEN THEY THINK OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS, BUT THERE'S A LOT OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS THAT LIVE DOWN HERE. MY PARENTS WERE ABOUT MY AGE WHEN THEY CAME FROM VIETNAM TO THE UNITED STATES AS A RESULT OF THE VIETNAM WAR. >> [speaking Vietnamese] AT HOME I MOSTLY SPEAK ENGLISH, BUT ON SOME OCCASIONS MY MOM AND MY DAD TALK TO US IN VIETNAMESE TO TEACH US NEW WORDS. DURING THE DAY I FEEL MORE AMERICAN BECAUSE I'M MAINLY AT SCHOOL. EVEN THOUGH THERE'S NOT A LOT OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS AT MY SCHOOL, I FEEL LIKE I CAN FIT IN WITH THEM AND, LIKE, EVEN THOUGH I'M DIFFERENT, I HAVE A LOT OF SIMILARITIES. VERSAILLES IS A NEIGHBORHOOD IN NEW ORLEANS, AND IT HAS AN ABUNDANT POPULATION OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS. IT'S LIKE A MINIATURE VERSION OF VIETNAM. MY BROTHER AND I ARE BOTH ON THE VIETNAMESE LION DANCE TEAM. IT'S LIKE DRAGON DANCE FROM THE CHINESE CULTURE, BUT IN OUR VERSION THERE'S A STORY. THERE WAS AN EVIL SPIRIT THAT USED TO HAUNT A VIETNAMESE VILLAGE, AND WHEN THEY FOUGHT BACK USING THE LION DANCE, THE EVIL SPIRIT WENT AWAY FOREVER. SOME PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED WHEN THEY SEE A LION DANCE PERFORMANCE, BECAUSE IT'S REALLY MORE ATHLETIC THAN YOU WOULD EXPECT. WHEN I'M UP IN THE AIR, IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I CAN FLY. LIKE, IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I'M LITERALLY GLIDING IN THE AIR. WHEN I PERFORM, I FEEL GOOD BECAUSE I'M BRINGING JOY TO MY NEIGHBORS AND TO MY OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS. IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I'M RESPONSIBLE FOR THE VIETNAMESE CULTURE, AND I'M REPRESENTING EVERYONE THAT'S VIETNAMESE AMERICAN. >> BEING AMERICAN, TO ME, IS ACCEPTING THAT WE ALL CAME FROM SOMEWHERE AND WE ALL DESERVE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY. MY NAME IS RIKI. I'M 14 YEARS OLD, AND I'M FROM SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA. I AM YONSEI, WHICH MEANS FOURTH GENERATION JAPANESE AMERICAN. MY GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS CAME HERE FROM JAPAN FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND A BETTER LIFE. THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOMEONE WHOSE PARENTS ARE FROM JAPAN, AND SOMEONE, LIKE ME, WHO, MY PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS HAVE BEEN LIVING IN AMERICA. PEOPLE WHOSE PARENTS ARE FROM JAPAN, THEIR PARENTS TRY TO INSTILL THE JAPANESE IN THEM. THEY USUALLY SPEAK JAPANESE TO THEIR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS AND FRIENDS, AND I SPEAK ENGLISH. >> NOW, THIS PICTURE HERE IS INTERESTING. >> I FEEL MORE CONNECTED TO MY JAPANESE HERITAGE WHEN I'M ACTUALLY WITH MY GRANDPARENTS. MY GRANDPARENTS AND THE REST OF THEIR FAMILY WERE SENT TO INTERNMENT CAMPS. THE INTERNMENT CAMPS WERE BASICALLY, LIKE, SIMILAR TO PRISONS. IN 1941, JAPAN ATTACKED THE UNITED STATES. >> SINCE THE UNPROVOKED AND DASTARDLY ATTACK BY JAPAN, A STATE OF WAR HAS EXISTED BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE JAPANESE EMPIRE. >> THE U.S. GOVERNMENT SAW PEOPLE OF JAPANESE DESCENT, OR JAPANESE AMERICANS, WHETHER OR NOT THEY WERE CITIZENS, AS THE ENEMY. THEY SAW THEM AS A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES, SO PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT GAVE EXECUTE ORDER 9066 TO PUT THEM INTO INTERNMENT CAMPS, OR AS MY GRANDFATHER LIKES TO SAY, INCARCERATION. >> IT'S AWFULLY TOUGH TO LOOK UP AT THE FENCE THERE AND SEE A GUY WITH A MACHINE GUN... >> both: POINTED AT YOU. >> YEAH. IT'S AWFULLY HARD TO TAKE. >> I'M REALLY INTERESTED IN TALKING TO MY GRANDPARENTS ABOUT INTERNMENT CAMP. IT AFFECTS ME BECAUSE I TREAT PEOPLE DIFFERENTLY THAN HOW I WOULD IF I WASN'T JAPANESE OR IF MY GRANDPARENTS DIDN'T GO TO INTERNMENT CAMPS. I TRY TO TREAT PEOPLE WITH A LOT OF RESPECT, AND I TRY TO TREAT MYSELF WITH A LOT OF RESPECT. I PERSONALLY CELEBRATE MY HERITAGE EVERY DAY IN THE LITTLE THINGS THAT I DO AND JUST BEING MYSELF. >> I AM ABSOLUTELY PROUD TO BE FILIPINO AMERICAN. I AM ASHLEY ARGOTA. I AM AN ACTRESS. I PLAY KELLY ON BUCKET AND SKINNER'S EPIC ADVENTURES, AND I AM FILIPINO AMERICAN. I FEEL SO BLESSED TO LIVE IN AMERICA. I MEAN, I HAVE SO MUCH FREEDOM HERE, AND I HAVE SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES THAT I WOULDN'T GET IF I LIVED IN THE PHILIPPINES, BUT I ALSO GET TO KEEP THE VALUES AND THE CULTURE THAT MY FAMILY HAS TAUGHT ME. BEING FILIPINO, WE ARE VERY HOSPITABLE, VERY RESPECTFUL OF OUR ELDERS. MY HOUSEHOLD IS THE KIND OF PLACE, LIKE, IF YOU COME TO OUR HOUSE, WE HAVE FOOD LAID OUT FOR YOU. IT'S A PLACE TO STAY. WE ACTUALLY CALL EVERYBODY--PRETTY MUCH ALL OF OUR CLOSE FRIENDS AND FAMILY--WE CALL THEM AUNTS AND UNCLES, SO WHEN I WAS LITTLE I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW, LIKE, WHO MY ACTUAL AUNT AND UNCLES WERE. I ASSUMED THAT EVERYBODY WAS FAMILY TO ME. FILIPINOS PRIMARILY SPEAK TAGALOG, WHICH, UNFORTUNATELY, I CAN'T SPEAK, BUT I UNDERSTAND A LOT OF IT. I GET MESSAGES FROM FILIPINO KIDS ALL THE TIME. THEY'RE ALWAYS LIKE, FIRST QUESTION OUT OF THEIR MOUTH WILL BE, "ARE YOU FILIPINO?" AND WHEN I SAY, "YES," THEY IMMEDIATELY FLIP OUT, AND THEY GET SO EXCITED. I'VE NEVER HAD A FILIPINO ROLE MODEL TO LOOK UP TO, SO FOR ME TO KIND OF BE THAT PERSON IS REALLY A BLESSING. >> I WISH THAT KIDS UNDERSTOOD HOW HARD IT IS TO BE AN ASIAN AMERICAN, ESPECIALLY FIRST GENERATION. I FEEL LIKE I'M IN TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS. MY NAME IS MELISSA. I'M 15 YEARS OLD, AND I'M LAOTIAN AMERICAN. LAOS IS IN THE BORDER OF CHINA, THAILAND, CAMBODIA, AND VIETNAM. IT'S A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY, AND IT HAS A RICH CULTURE, MY PARENTS CAME HERE TO SEARCH THE AMERICAN DREAM AND EARN ENOUGH MONEY TO HAVE A GOOD LIFE. I FEEL MORE LAOTIAN WHEN I'M HOME BECAUSE WE USUALLY EAT ON THE FLOOR, AND WE ALSO EAT TRADITIONAL LAO FOOD. [speaking Lao] >> MY PARENTS SPEAK A MIX OF LAO AND ENGLISH TO TALK TO ME, AND I REPLY BACK IN ENGLISH. I DON'T HAVE ANY HOMEWORK, I JUST HAVE PROJECTS. IT'S A BARRIER WITH THE LANGUAGE DIFFERENCE BECAUSE WE CAN'T SAY A LOT OF THINGS TO EACH OTHER WITH THE WORDS WE USE. THE MINUTE I START GETTING READY FOR SCHOOL I FEEL MORE AMERICAN. AROUND MY FRIENDS I CAN SPEAK OUT MY THOUGHTS. I'M LESS SURROUNDED BY THE CULTURE, AND I'M JUST TALKING ENGLISH, AND LAO ISN'T IN MY HEAD. WHEN I WAS LITTLE, IT WAS HARD GROWING UP WITH BULLYING BECAUSE OF MY RACE. I'M USUALLY THE ONLY ASIAN IN MY CLASS. IT MAKES ME FEEL MORE UNIQUE, BUT IT'S ALSO HARD BECAUSE I CAN'T RELATE TO ANYBODY IN MY CLASS. IN ASIAN AMERICAN CLUB, WE TRY TO BRING OUR CULTURE INTO THE SCHOOL. IT'S A SMALL CLUB, BUT IT'S ALSO DIVERSE. THE FRIENDS IN OUR CLUB, THEY KNOW THAT WE'RE DIFFERENT AND UNIQUE. I REALLY WANT TO DO FASHION, BE A DESIGNER, BUT MY PARENTS WOULD LIKE ME TO BE A DENTIST, A LAWYER, OR A DOCTOR. EVERY TIME THEY SEE MY GRADES SLIPPING, THEY REALLY WANT ME TO GET BACK TO AN "A" OR A A-PLUS. THEY EXPECT ME TO COME BACK AFTER COLLEGE. THEY WANT ME TO TAKE CARE OF THEM AND HELP THEM. IT'S A LOT OF PRESSURE. IT'S IMPORTANT TO EMBRACE THE LAOTIAN SIDE OF ME, SINCE I AM THE FIRST GENERATION OF MY FAMILY TO BE IN AMERICA. IF I KEEP BECOMING AMERICAN, I'M GONNA LOSE MY BACKGROUND AND SO ARE MY CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN. >> Ellerbee: MUSIC PRODIGIES, SMART AND HARDWORKING, GREAT AT MATH, BAD AT SPORTS, QUIET AND SHY, COMPUTER GEEKS: ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN KIDS ARE NO STRANGERS TO STEREOTYPES AND PREJUDICE. THEY DEAL WITH STEREOTYPES ON A REGULAR BASIS, OFTEN FIGHTING A PERSONAL BATTLE TO DISPROVE SOME OF THEM AND LIVE UP TO OTHERS. HERE, NOW ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS SET US STRAIGHT ABOUT WHAT'S TRUE, WHAT'S NOT, AND HOW IT FEELS WHEN PEOPLE MAKE SILLY JUDGMENTS ABOUT THEM. >> SOME KIDS THINK THAT BECAUSE I'M FILIPINO THAT I EAT FOOD WITH MY HANDS OR THAT I EAT DOGS. >> PEOPLE AUTOMATICALLY THINK THAT WE'RE CANNIBALS OR SAVAGES. >> THEY WOULD ASK FOR KARATE LESSONS. THEY WILL ALSO CALL ME A NINJA. >> INDIAN PEOPLE ARE REALLY CHEAP. WE SPEAK WITH A FUNNY ACCENT. >> BEING CALLED A DIRTY JAP. >> CHINKY EYES OR SQUINTY EYES. >> THEY AUTOMATICALLY ASSUME THAT I'M A SUPER GENIUS. >> KIDS SOMETIMES MAKE FUN OF THE ASIAN LANGUAGE, SAYING, "CHING, CHANG, CHUNG." I WOULD PREFER KIDS TO TREAT ME JUST LIKE THEM, NO STEREOTYPES, NO RACIST COMMENTS, NO, JUST FRIENDS. >> WHEN I HEAR STEREOTYPES AGAINST INDIANS OR INDIAN AMERICANS, IT MAKES ME FEEL THAT THEY'RE IGNORANT, AND THEY DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT MY CULTURE AND THAT WE HAVE TO TEACH THEM. >> PEOPLE SAY THAT WE ARE GOOD AT MATH, AND THEY JUST ASSUME THAT WE'RE NOT GOOD AT SPORTS. >> WHEN PEOPLE THINK OF PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, THEY DON'T REALLY THINK OF SOMEBODY THAT LOOKS LIKE ME. IT JUST URGES ME TO PLAY BASKETBALL MORE AND PRACTICE MORE, SO THEY JUST THINK, LIKE, OH, I WAS WRONG ABOUT THAT KID. I'M MATTIE. I'M 11, AND I'M FROM SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA. WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME WHAT I AM, I'D SAY I'M HALF JAPANESE AND HALF CHINESE. MY MOM CAME TO AMERICA FROM JAPAN, AND MY DAD CAME FROM CHINA TO AMERICA. I'M THE FIRST IN OUR FAMILY TO BE BORN IN AMERICA, WHICH MAKES ME THE FIRST GENERATION. I'M GRATEFUL THAT MY PARENTS CAME TO AMERICA BECAUSE IT MADE LIFE EASIER ON ME. BEING THE FIRST GENERATION MEANS THAT I CAN HAVE A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE AND KIND OF PASS THAT DOWN TO DIFFERENT GENERATIONS. PEOPLE ASSUME THAT, LIKE, IF YOU'RE AN ASIAN AMERICAN, YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE GOOD AT A CERTAIN SPORT, 'CAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE THE ATHLETIC ABILITY OR SOMETHING. I'M PRETTY ATHLETIC, AND I'M PRETTY COMPETITIVE. YOU KNOW, I DON'T LIKE TO LOSE. I'M ON THE SAN JOSE NINJAS, WHICH IS AN ASIAN AMERICAN TEAM THAT GOES FROM SIXTH GRADE TO SENIOR YEAR. YOU KNOW, ASIAN AMERICAN PEOPLE SOMETIMES GET LEFT OUT A LOT IN SPORTS, SO THEY MADE THE ASIAN AMERICAN LEAGUE TO HELP SUPPORT THESE KIDS. IT'S IMPORTANT, BECAUSE IT COULD HELP KIDS, YOU KNOW, KIND OF BOND WITH OTHER PEOPLE THAT HAVE GONE THROUGH WHAT THEY'VE GONE THROUGH. I FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE PLAYING AGAINST THESE PLAYERS BECAUSE YOU FIT IN MORE. LIKE, YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE THE ONLY PERSON ON THE TEAM THAT'S ASIAN AMERICAN. EVERYBODY IS USUALLY THE SAME HEIGHT AND THE SAME STRENGTH AND ALL THAT. PLAYING ON THE NINJAS IS JUST A REALLY BIG HONOR BECAUSE ONLY SO MANY PLAYERS GET PICKED TO THESE TEAMS, SO IT WAS PRETTY ELITE. MY CHANCES OF MAKING PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL IS NOT THAT BIG, BUT, STILL, IF YOU KEEP ON TRYING AND PRACTICING AND WORKING AT IT, YOU STILL ALWAYS HAVE A CHANCE TO MAKE PROFESSIONAL. I KNOW I'M GONNA HAVE TO DODGE A LOT OF WORDS AND STEREOTYPES, BUT IF I KEEP ON WORKING AT IT AND KEEP ON PRACTICING AT THE SPORT, THEN I HAVE A PRETTY DECENT CHANCE. >> I WISH THERE WERE MORE CHINESE AMERICANS IN MOVIES OR ON TV. >> ON TV, I VERY RARELY SEE PEOPLE THAT LOOK LIKE ME AT ALL. >> WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, I NEVER REMEMBER SEEING INDIAN PEOPLE ON TV, UNLESS, LIKE, A CHARACTER WENT TO INDIA OR IT WAS, LIKE, JAMES BOND AND HE WAS IN INDIA, OR, LIKE, THERE WAS, LIKE, GANDHI FOOTAGE. MY NAME IS AZIZ ANSARI. I'M A COMEDIAN AND ACTOR, AND I'M INDIAN AMERICAN. I WAS BORN IN SOUTH CAROLINA. THERE'S DEFINITELY NOT A LOT OF INDIANS IN SOUTH CAROLINA. THAT'S NOT, LIKE, THE GO-TO HOT SPOT FOR INDIAN PEOPLE IN AMERICA. WHEN I FIRST STARTED ACTING, INITIALLY THE ROLES I GOT OFFERED WERE VERY STEREOTYPICAL, YOU KNOW, GUY AT THE GAS STATION, CAB DRIVER, ALL THAT STUFF, BUT I ALWAYS TURNED THOSE ROLES DOWN, AND I WOULD JUST PLAY CHARACTERS THAT I THOUGHT WERE FUNNY, WHOSE HUMOR DIDN'T RELY JUST ON ETHNIC STEREOTYPE JOKES. IN MY STAND-UP, I DON'T LIKE TO WRITE ABOUT, LIKE, OH, AND THEN I SLIPPED ON SOME CURRY AND LANDED ON A CHAPATI. YOU KNOW, LIKE, THAT IS BORING TO ME. YOU SHOULD WRITE A CHARACTER THAT'S JUST FUNNY AND LET AN INDIAN PERSON PLAY IT. DON'T WRITE A FUNNY INDIAN CHARACTER. >> BEING FILIPINO, BEING ASIAN, IT IS A LITTLE BIT HARDER TO GET ROLES IN HOLLYWOOD. THEY DON'T OFFER A LOT OF ROLES TO ASIANS. I MEAN, A LOT OF TIMES YOU'LL GET CASTING BREAKDOWN SHEETS, AND THEY'LL GIVE YOU THE DESCRIPTION FOR A ROLE, AND I CAN SEE IT, AND I'M LIKE, "OH, I CAN TOTALLY DO THAT." AND THEN YOU KEEP LOOKING, AND IT SAYS, "WE'RE LOOKING FOR CAUCASIAN ACTRESSES," WHICH IS JUST WHITE ACTRESSES, WHICH I THINK IS KIND OF UNFAIR 'CAUSE SOME ROLES I'D REALLY LIKE TO AUDITION FOR AND I THINK THAT THEY SHOULD BRANCH OUT AND GIVE OTHER PEOPLE SOME CHANCES. >> EVERY YOUNG ACTOR TRYING TO MAKE IT IN HOLLYWOOD FACES ALL KINDS OF BARRIERS, BUT FOR ASIAN AMERICANS, IT'S PARTICULARLY CHALLENGING. I'M GEORGE TAKEI, A JAPANESE AMERICAN, AND I'M AN ACTOR. WHEN I STARTED OUT IN HOLLYWOOD, THERE WERE VERY FEW OPPORTUNITIES. SOMETIMES I WAS REJECTED BECAUSE I WAS TOO ASIAN. OR OTHER TIMES I'M REJECTED BECAUSE I'M NOT ASIAN ENOUGH. I TRY TO AVOID REALLY OFFENSIVE KIND OF ROLES, AND I WAS FAIRLY LUCKY IN THAT RESPECT. WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAYS TO GO, BUT WE HAVE COME A LONG WAYS TO THIS POINT. >> Ellerbee: BEING AMERICAN MEANS MORE THAN BEING A U.S. CITIZEN. BEING AMERICAN IS ABOUT SEEING OURSELVES REFLECTED IN THE FACES OF PEOPLE WHO MAY LOOK DIFFERENT AND SPEAK DIFFERENT LANGUAGES, WHO MAY PURSUE DIFFERENT DREAMS. THAT TOO IS BEING AMERICAN. AND ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH GIVES ALL OF US ANOTHER CHANCE TO BE PROUD OF ALL OF US. >> I'M INDONESIAN AMERICAN, AND IT MAKES ME FEEL SPECIAL BECAUSE I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO IS INDONESIAN AMERICAN AT MY SCHOOL, AND IT'S KIND OF LIKE THERE'S JUST, LIKE, A PART OF ME THAT, LIKE, NO ONE ELSE CAN TOUCH, 'CAUSE THEY CAN'T, LIKE, DECLINE MY HERITAGE. >> I'M PROUD TO BE SAMOAN AND SRI LANKAN BECAUSE I HAVE GOT TO EXPERIENCE ALL THESE DIFFERENT THINGS IN AMERICA, BUT MY MOM AND DAD HAVE DEFINITELY EXPOSED ME TO THAT KIND OF CULTURE. AND SO IT'S A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR ME. >> I'M PROUD TO BE A FILIPINO BECAUSE, BEING A FILIPINO, IT'S LIKE YOU'RE FAMILY WITH OTHER FILIPINOS. LIKE, WHEN YOU MEET SOMEONE, IT'S LIKE, "OH, HEY, YOU'RE FILIPINO? I'M FILIPINO TOO." IT JUST GIVES YOU A SENSE OF PRIDE. >> I FEEL A CONNECTION TO INDIA, 'CAUSE THAT'S MY HERITAGE. THAT'S MY CULTURE, AND I'M PROUD OF IT. >> IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE TODAY AND WHO YOU WERE WHERE YOU ARE FROM. I'M AN AMERICAN, AND I'M FROM PAKISTAN. THAT'S WHO I AM. >> I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER HEARD OF ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH BEFORE, WHICH I THINK IS REALLY COOL, 'CAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF ASIANS HERE NOW. >> IT MEANS TO ME THAT ASIAN AMERICANS ARE RECOGNIZED, AND THEY'RE NOT LEFT OUT. >> WE HAVE MONTHS FOR ALMOST ALL HERITAGES AND BACKGROUNDS, SO I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE EACH ONE SO THAT WE LIFT UP ALL PEOPLE. AND WHEN WE LIFT UP ALL PEOPLE, [percussive marimba music] ♪ >> [speaking foreign language] >> I WAS VERY YOUNG AT THE TIME THEY CAME TO GET ME TO START FISHING. >> [speaking foreign language] >> ALL I EVER DID WAS WORK AND WAS BEATEN UP WHENEVER I REFUSED TO DO ANYTHING I WAS INSTRUCTED TO DO. I'M NOT REALLY SURE WHY BOTH MY PARENTS ASKED ME TO GO. >> male announcer: THIS IS NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE. NOW, FROM NEW YORK, HERE IS LINDA ELLERBEE. >> Ellerbee: HUMAN TRAFFICKING HAS GONE BY OTHER NAMES IN OTHER TIMES. IT USED TO BE CALLED THE SLAVE TRADE. NO MATTER WHAT YOU CALL IT, THE PRACTICE HAS ALWAYS INCLUDED THE SALE OF KIDS. IT STILL DOES. CHILD TRAFFICKING IS AN INTERNATIONAL PROBLEM AFFECTING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AND MANY COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. THIS SHOW IS ABOUT SHINING A LIGHT ON A HUGE ISSUE BY FOCUSING ON ONE PLACE, ONE PARTICULAR SITUATION, SOME REMARKABLE AMERICAN KIDS, AND EQUALLY REMARKABLE FORMER CHILD SLAVES TRYING TO MAKE IT BETTER. THIS SHOW IS ABOUT A RESCUE MISSION. THE JOURNEY REALLY STARTED WHEN TYLER, A 15-YEAR-OLD BOY FROM BRENTWOOD, CALIFORNIA, SAW A SHOW ON TELEVISION BACK WHEN HE WAS NINE YEARS OLD. >> THEY WERE FEATURING A STORY ON CHILD TRAFFICKING IN GHANA, AFRICA, AND THESE KIDS WERE BEING SOLD INTO TRAFFICKING BY THEIR OWN PARENTS FOR AS LITTLE AS $20, AND THEY'RE FORCED TO FISH 14 HOURS A DAY WITH ONLY ONE MEAL, AND I FELT HORRIBLE FOR THESE KIDS, AND I COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT THESE KIDS WERE BEING TREATED THIS WAY. I THOUGHT EVERYONE WAS TREATED AS GREAT AS I WAS. >> WHEN TYLER CAME TO ME AND ASKED TO DO A FUNDRAISER FOR CHILDREN HE HAD LEARNED WERE IN TRAFFICKING ON LAKE VOLTA IN GHANA, AFRICA, I KIND OF THOUGHT HE WAS CRAZY. HE WAS NINE. HE WAS LITTLE, AND I DIDN'T THINK IT WOULD ACTUALLY REALLY HAPPEN. MY NAME IS LAURA, AND I'M TYLER'S MOM. >> WE'VE DONE THOUSANDS OF LEMONADE STANDS, CAR WASHES, CELEBRITY FUNDRAISERS, AND JUST ANYTHING WE COULD DO TO RAISE MONEY TO SAVE CHILDREN OUT OF TRAFFICKING. >> THE KIDS ARE SOLD INTO TRAFFICKING BY THEIR PARENTS NOT HAVING ENOUGH MONEY TO SUPPORT THE REST OF THEIR FAMILY, SO THEY THINK THAT IT'S OKAY TO GET A LITTLE MONEY, AND THE PARENTS ARE TOLD THAT THEY WILL LEARN A CERTAIN SKILL SET, AND THEN THEY WILL BE ABLE TO COME BACK TO THEIR HOME AND PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. >> TETTEH IS A 22-YEAR-OLD YOUNG MAN WHO WAS FORMERLY TRAFFICKED AND WAS RESCUED SIX YEARS AGO, AND HE NOW WORKS WITH ERIC TO RELATE TO THE CHILDREN THAT WE'RE RESCUING SO THAT THEY CAN LOOK AT HIM AND SEE HOPE AND NOT FEEL SCARED. >> MADISON, ONE OF THE GIRLS WITH ME ON THIS TRIP, HAS BEEN A GOOD FRIEND OF MY FAMILY'S FOR A LONG TIME, AND SHE GOT REALLY INVOLVED WHEN I TOLD HER WHAT WE DO, AND SHE LOVED THE IDEA AND WANTED TO HELP OUT. >> BEFORE WE CAME, I MEAN, I KNEW THAT THE KIDS WERE IN HARSH CONDITIONS. I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW HOW MUCH THEY GOT HURT BY THE FISHERMEN, NECESSARILY, OR HOW THEY WERE TAKEN AWAY FROM WHERE THEY LIVED. MY NAME IS MADDIE, I'M 15 YEARS OLD, AND I'M FROM WALNUT CREEK, CALIFORNIA. >> HE DESCRIBED IT, "BY THE TIME I COULD WALK, BY THE TIME I COULD TALK, BY THE TIME I KNEW WHAT I WAS DOING, I WAS FISHING." HE GREW UP, AND THAT WAS ALL HE KNEW. HE WAS TAKEN AWAY WHEN HE WAS FIVE. HE SPENT TEN YEARS IN SLAVERY, AND DURING THAT TIME, HE WAS HIT, HE WAS HURT, AND SO HE WENT THROUGH A LOT. >> SO TODAY, WE'RE GOING TO THE VILLAGE WHERE NEVER LIVES. IT'S CRAZY, I MEAN, TO THINK I WAS JUST NINE WHEN I SAW HIM ON TV, AND NOW I'M HERE MEETING HIM. >> NEVER, THIS IS TYLER. >> HI. >> TYLER. >> NICE TO MEET YOU. >> VERY NICE MEETING YOU. >> WELCOME TO GHANA. >> THANK YOU. >> YOU'RE WELCOME. >> SO YOU GUYS WILL HAVE FUN. >> OKAY. >> YOU INSPIRED ME TO RAISE MONEY TO HELP SAVE THE KIDS OUT OF TRAFFICKING. >> YES. >> AND I'VE BEEN DOING IT FOR FIVE YEARS, AND NOW-- >> FIVE YEARS? >> MM-HMM. >> YOU SEE, THIS FISHING STORY IS A STORY-- >> YEAH, IT'S A VERY LONG STORY. >> YES, IT'S A LONG STORY. IT'S A STORY WHERE WHEN YOU START--BEFORE YOU FINISH, YOUR HEART WILL MELT LIKE SNOW. FISHING... [chuckles] IS VERY DIFFICULT. THE CONDITION THERE IS NOT-- IT'S NOT GOOD AT ALL. >> IT MAKES ME SAD WHEN I HEAR THE STORIES. IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE ALL THE BAD THINGS IN MY LIFE REALLY AREN'T THAT BAD, AND THEY COULD BE A LOT WORSE, AND IT DRIVES ME. THE TRIP FROM ACCRA TO HERE HAS BEEN A LONG JOURNEY, BUT WE'RE FINALLY HERE. I CAN'T FEEL MY LEGS. [laughs] STAYING AT THE MOTEL LAST NIGHT WAS PRETTY HARD. IT WAS INCREDIBLY HOT, BUT YOU GOT TO PUSH THROUGH AND THINK THAT THE KIDS HAVE IT WORSE, SO I SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THIS. THIS MORNING, WE ARE AT LAKE VOLTA, AND WE'RE ABOUT TO GO ON OUR FIRST RESCUE MISSION. MY GOAL FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS IS TO GET AT LEAST FIVE KIDS OUT OF FISHING TRAFFICKING. [all speaking foreign language] [all speaking foreign language] [all laugh] NOW, THIS IS A MAN WE SAW HERE WHO SAID HE HAD SOME CHILDREN; HE WANTED TO LET THEM GO. >> THE PROCESS OF GETTING KIDS IS, WE PAY THE FISHERMEN, AND THEY SIGN A DOCUMENT SAYING THAT THEY WILL NEVER TRAFFIC ANOTHER KID AGAIN. IF THEY SIGN THE DOCUMENT AND THEN THEY TRAFFIC ANOTHER CHILD, THEY WILL BE ARRESTED. WE GIVE THE FISHERMEN MOSTLY MONEY, BUT SOMETIMES, WE GIVE THEM SUPPLIES, AND THEN SOMETIMES, WE'LL BUILD, LIKE, A FISH POND FOR THEM OR JUST OTHER THINGS THAT MIGHT HELP THEIR BUSINESS. >> WE HAVE ONE NEGOTIATION WHERE IT'S A MUTUAL AGREEMENT THAT THEY HAVE PRETTY MUCH TOLD US THEY WILL RELEASE THE CHILD, BUT WE HAVE NOT TAKEN HIM YET. WE'RE IN OUR SECOND VILLAGE. WE ARE GOING IN TO SEE IF THERE ARE SOME CHILDREN IN THERE THAT WE CAN RESCUE FOR TRAFFICKING. >> [speaking foreign language] >> I DID FEEL HELPLESS DURING THE NEGOTIATIONS, BECAUSE I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT PEOPLE WERE SAYING. I COULDN'T PUT MY INPUT TO THE SITUATION. I COULDN'T REALLY DO ANYTHING, JUST SIT AND WATCH. >> WHEN I SEE THEM ON THE BOAT, YOU KNOW, FEEL THE TENSION FROM THE FISHERMEN, IT'S ALL THE SENSORY DETAILS THAT REALLY HELPED ME UNDERSTAND WHAT EXACTLY THEY'RE GOING THROUGH AND HOW ROUGH THE SITUATION REALLY IS. >> [speaking foreign language] >> [crying] [both speaking foreign language] >> THERE WAS DEFINITELY THAT FEELING OF DISAPPOINTMENT FOR ALL THE KIDS WE HAD TO LEAVE BEHIND LIKE ALEX. YOU KNOW, HE HAD COME ON THE BOAT WITH US. I WAS KIND OF ESTABLISHING A SMALL CONNECTION AT LEAST, AND THAT'S DEVASTATING, EMOTIONALLY. >> [speaking foreign language] >> THE JOB I DO HERE IS VERY DIFFICULT, AND WE WORK FOR LONG HOURS. WHENEVER IT GOT WINDY WHILE WE WERE FISHING, I WOULD JUST KEEP PRAYING OVER AND OVER THAT NOTHING BAD HAPPENED TO US. WE SOMETIMES GET LOST AND END UP SPENDING LONG HOURS BEFORE WE FIND OUR WAY BACK. >> [shouts in foreign language] >> MY MOM ALLOWED HIM TO BRING US HERE SO WE CAN LEARN HOW TO WORK AS FISHERBOYS. I WAS VERY YOUNG WHEN I WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM MY MOTHER SO I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE HER. >> [speaking foreign language] [boat engine roaring] >> IT'S ABSOLUTELY WORTH TO RESCUE--ONE LIFE IS WORTH ANYTHING. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT KOJO WILL BECOME. KOJO COULD BE PRESIDENT OF GHANA ONE DAY. [rooster caws] [percussive music] ♪ >> THE DANCE LAST NIGHT WAS REALLY COOL. IT HAS A GOOD BEAT. THE CONDITIONS ARE A BIT HARD, AND IT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE USED TO. STAYING IN THE VILLAGE HAS BEEN--NOT MANY PEOPLE GET TO DO IT IN THEIR LIFETIME, SO IT WAS GREAT TO EXPERIENCE IT. TETTEH DECIDED TO GO WITH US ON THE RESCUE MISSION AND GO BACK TO HIS OLD VILLAGE TO HELP AND MAKE AN IMPACT. >> [speaking foreign language] >> SINCE HIS UNCLE HAS ALLOWED HIM TO GO... >> [speaking foreign language] >> I THINK IT WAS HARD FOR TETTEH TO GO BACK TO HIS OLD VILLAGE. I DON'T KNOW IF I WOULD HAVE GONE BACK. >> [speaking foreign language] >> TETTEH WAS ONE OF MY WORKERS, BUT I SUPPORTED THE IDEA OF GOING TO SCHOOL. THAT'S WHY I ALLOWED HIM TO LEAVE. I WON'T MAKE ENOUGH PROFIT IF I SHOULD HIRE ADULTS TO WORK FOR ME. I CAN STOP EMPLOYING YOUNG CHILDREN AS WORKERS, HOWEVER, I DON'T KNOW IF THE OTHERS CAN. I DON'T THINK BRINGING THE POLICEMEN TO ARREST FISHERMAN WHO ENGAGE YOUNG CHILDREN IN THEIR BUSINESS WILL PUT A STOP TO THIS. THE PARENTS DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES OR THEIR KIDS. THAT'S WHY THEY GIVE THEM AWAY TO WORK. >> RIGHT NOW, I FEEL STICKY, DIRTY, EXHAUSTED, BUT ACCOMPLISHED. WE'VE DONE SO MANY FUNDRAISERS, AND IT'S ALL JUST PAID OFF TODAY. >> [speaks foreign language] >> I MEAN, WE SAVED FOUR KIDS. IN THE END, WE DID A GOOD THING. >> THE TRANSITION FOR THESE KIDS MUST BE EXTREME. I MEAN, THEY'VE NEVER USED UTENSILS BEFORE. THEY'VE NEVER OPENED A DOOR BEFORE. >> [speaks foreign language] >> THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO USE A LOCK. THEY'VE NEVER SLEPT IN BUNK BEDS. >> [speaking foreign language] >> WE USED TO SLEEP ON MATS ON THE BARE FLOOR AND THEN COVER OURSELVES WITH A PIECE OF CLOTH. HERE, I CAN SLEEP ON THE MATTRESS AND LAY MY HEAD ON A PILLOW AS WELL. EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL. >> [speaks foreign language] [all chanting] >> TETTEH, HE'S COME HERE, SO NOW HE'S LIVING WITH THE KIDS AT THE CENTER TO TAKE THEM THROUGH THIS PROCESS, AND HE'S, YOU KNOW, THEIR FRIEND BUT ALSO THEIR TEACHER, AND HE'S REALLY GIVING BACK A LOT. >> THE BALL IS ON THE-- >> [speaking foreign language] >> GOING TO SCHOOL GIVES ME HOPE AND MAKES ME BELIEVE I HAVE A BETTER FUTURE. >> SO WE ARE GOING TO SING-- >> IT DOES FEEL LIKE THEY'RE AT A BETTER PLACE. I MEAN, THEY'RE COMING FROM THESE HORRIBLE, INTENSE LIVES AND COMING INTO THE COMFORT OF LOVING ARMS, AND THEY'RE GONNA GO TO SCHOOL AND PLAY WITH FRIENDS, AND IT'S A MUCH BETTER LIFE FOR THEM. >> [speaking foreign language] >> I JUST CAN'T EXPRESS HOW HAPPY I AM TO BE LIVING HERE NOW. I DON'T WANT TO LIVE WITH ANY MASTER AGAIN. >> IF SOME KIDS ARE OUT THERE, AND THEY'RE VERY INTERESTED IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE, JUST DO IT. DON'T DOUBT YOURSELF. ASK AS MANY PEOPLE FOR HELP-- I MEAN, JUST A LITTLE BIT CAN CHANGE A PERSON'S LIFE, AND AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THE DRIVE, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING. >> Ellerbee: AS WE LIKE TO SAY ON NICK NEWS, WHEREVER YOU FIND BAD THINGS HAPPENING, YOU ALWAYS FIND GOOD PEOPLE TRYING TO MAKE IT BETTER, KIDS INCLUDED. THIS SHOW PROVES THAT POINT. KOFI ANNAN FROM GHANA, DIPLOMAT, NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER, AND FORMER SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS ONCE SAID, "YOU'VE TAUGHT YOUNG PEOPLE THAT THEY DO HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD." HE SAID THAT TO BONO OF THE BAND U2. TODAY, HE MIGHT SAY THE SAME THING TO TYLER, AND TYLER MIGHT RESPOND WITH A PROVERB FROM GHANA: ACT AS IF IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO FAIL. I'M LINDA ELLERBEE. GOOD-BYE FOR NICK NEWS. >> announcer: TO FIND OUT HOW >> I THINK ISSUES ARE VERY IMPORTANT WHEN PICKING A PRESIDENT. >> THAT'S HOW YOU DECIDE YOUR CANDIDATE AND WHO YOU'RE GONNA VOTE FOR. >> WE SHOULD LOOK INTO THEIR VIEWS MORE. AND GET A CLEAR IDEA OF WHAT OUR OWN POLITICAL STANCE IS. >> WE SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON THE ISSUES. >> THE ECONOMY. >> HEALTH CARE REFORM. >> CREATING MORE JOBS. >> GAY MARRIAGE. >> ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. >> ALTERNATIVE ENERGY. >> EDUCATION. >> THE NATIONAL DEBT. >> male announcer: THIS IS NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE. NOW FROM NEW YORK, HERE IS LINDA ELLERBEE. >> Ellerbee: IN THE UNITED STATES, WE THE PEOPLE DECIDE WHO WILL GOVERN US. AND SO WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES AND WHAT CANDIDATES SAY ABOUT THEM. BUT WE ALSO WANTED TO KNOW WHAT YOU HAD TO SAY ABOUT WHAT THE CANDIDATES SAY AND WHICH ISSUES YOU THINK ARE MOST IMPORTANT. SO ON NICKNEWS.COM, WE POSTED THE ISSUES ADULTS ARE TALKING ABOUT. WE ASKED YOU TO RANK THEM IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE. YOU DID. HERE'S WHAT YOU SAID. WHILE YOU WATCH, KEEP IN MIND THAT THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENT IS LIMITED, BECAUSE THE SEPARATE STATES OFTEN ARE IN CONTROL OF WHAT HAPPENS. >> Ellerbee: IRAN CLAIMS TO BE DEVELOPING ATOMIC ENERGY FOR PEACEFUL PURPOSES. BUT IRAN'S GOVERNMENT HAS SPONSORED TERRORISM IN THE PAST. THE UNITED NATIONS HAS ORDERED IRAN TO STOP ANY ACTIVITY THAT COULD BE USED TO BUILD A NUCLEAR BOMB. IRAN HAS NOT STOPPED. BOTH CANDIDATES SUPPORT IMPOSING SANCTIONS WHICH WOULD PUNISH IRAN BY PREVENTING TRADE WITH THAT COUNTRY. WHAT ELSE, IF ANYTHING, SHOULD THE U.S. DO? >> I'LL MAKE SURE IRAN KNOWS OF THE VERY REAL PERIL THAT AWAITS IT IF IT BECOMES NUCLEAR. I WILL ENGAGE IRAN'S NEIGHBORS. I WILL STATION MULTIPLE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS AND WARSHIPS AT IRAN'S DOOR. >> I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT AN OPPORTUNITY STILL REMAINS FOR DIPLOMACY, BACKED BY PRESSURE, TO SUCCEED. >> I SUPPORT BARACK OBAMA'S POLICY ON IRAN BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO GO INTO ANOTHER WAR. >> BECAUSE OF OUR GREAT INTEREST IN OIL, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE REMAIN DIPLOMATIC. >> I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH MITT ROMNEY'S APPROACH TO THE PROBLEM WITH IRAN. THAT'S A EXTREMELY DANGEROUS COUNTRY. >> WE CAN'T JUST TRUST THOSE PEOPLE. WE SHOULD PHYSICALLY BE THERE. AND WE SHOULD PUT PRESSURE ON THEIR GOVERNMENT. >> WE NEED A STRONGER LEADER, AND I'M SKEPTICAL THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL ACTUALLY INTERVENE. >> OBAMA USES FORCE WHEN IT'S NECESSARY. I MEAN, HE IS THE PRESIDENT WHO BROUGHT JUSTICE TO OSAMA BIN LADEN. >> IF THERE WAS SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE THAT IRAN HAD A NUCLEAR WEAPON, MAYBE AT THAT POINT WE HAVE TO REEVALUATE AND SEE IF WAR IS REALLY THE RIGHT OPTION. BUT AT THIS POINT, WAR DOESN'T SEEM LIKE THE RIGHT OPTION. >> Ellerbee: IN THE U.S., THERE ARE MORE THAN 1/2 A MILLION SAME-SEX COUPLES LIVING TOGETHER AS IF THEY WERE MARRIED. THEY MAY HAVE LIVED TOGETHER FOR DECADES. THEY MAY HAVE KIDS. BUT IN MOST STATES, THEY CANNOT BE LEGALLY MARRIED. WHICH CAN BE LEGALLY IMPORTANT WHEN IT COMES TO THINGS LIKE INHERITANCE, SHARING WORK BENEFITS, AND THE RIGHT TO HAVE YOUR PARTNER BY YOUR SIDE IF YOU'RE IN THE HOSPITAL. ON THIS ISSUE, THE CANDIDATES HAVE VERY DIFFERENT VIEWS. ROMNEY BELIEVES IN GIVING SOME CIVIL RIGHTS TO PEOPLE IN NONTRADITIONAL RELATIONSHIPS. BUT HE ALSO SUPPORTS A CONSTITUTIONAL BAN ON GAY MARRIAGE. >> MARRIAGE IS A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN. >> Ellerbee: BARACK OBAMA, ON THE OTHER HAND, BECAME THE FIRST SITTING PRESIDENT TO DECLARE HIS SUPPORT FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. >> I WANT EVERYBODY TREATED FAIRLY IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE NEVER GONE WRONG WHEN WE EXPANDED RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES TO EVERYBODY. >> AS A CHRISTIAN, I BELIEVE THAT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE SHOULD BE AGAINST THE LAW. >> YES, IT'S IN THE BIBLE AND GOD'S WORD SAYS IT'S WRONG. BUT I BELIEVE, YOU KNOW, DR. SEUSS TAUGHT US THAT A PERSON'S A PERSON NO MATTER HOW SMALL. AND I BELIEVE PEOPLE SHOULD JUST BE TREATED EQUALLY, NO MATTER THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION. >> I AM A MITT ROMNEY SUPPORTER, I SUPPORT MANY OF HIS POLICIES, BUT I DISAGREE WITH HIM ON THE ISSUE OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. IT'S A RELIGIOUS THING. AND THE GOVERNMENT SHOULDN'T BE INVOLVED IN THAT TYPE OF RELIGIOUS STUFF, YOU KNOW? THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. >> AS MUCH AS I SUPPORT KEEPING CHURCH OUT OF STATE, I ALSO SUPPORT KEEPING THE STATE OUT OF THE CHURCH. AND CHANGING THE DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE, I FEEL IS KIND OF INTRUSIVE TO THE RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS OF THIS COUNTRY. >> IF MARRIAGE IS ONLY A RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION, THEN IT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN OUT OF THE LEGAL SYSTEM. AND ALL COUPLES, SAME-SEX COUPLES AND STRAIGHT COUPLES, NEED TO APPLY FOR A CIVIL UNION THAT WILL GIVE THEM THE SAME FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS THAT MARRIAGE DOES TODAY. >> Ellerbee: THERE ARE ABOUT 11 MILLION ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN THE U.S. MANY HAVE BEEN HERE AWHILE, WORKING AND RAISING FAMILIES. BUT AS FAR AS FEDERAL LAW IS CONCERNED, THEY ARE NOT HERE LEGALLY. WHAT MAKES THE ISSUE MORE COMPLICATED IS THE FACT THAT MANY AMERICAN BUSINESSES RELY ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AS A CHEAP WORKFORCE. BOTH CANDIDATES SAY THEY WANT TO MAKE U.S. BORDERS MORE SECURE AND IMPOSE FEDERAL FINES ON EMPLOYERS WHO HIRE ILLEGAL ALIENS. BUT OBAMA ALSO SUPPORTS A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR SOME ILLEGAL ALIENS, INCLUDING KIDS WHO WERE BORN ELSEWHERE BUT HAVE GROWN UP IN THE UNITED STATES. IN JUNE, HE ANNOUNCED THAT HIS ADMINISTRATION WOULD NO LONGER SEEK TO DEPORT PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 30 WHO HAD BEEN BROUGHT HERE BEFORE THEY WERE 16 AND HAVE LIVED HERE AT LEAST FIVE YEARS. >> LET'S AT LEAST AGREE TO STOP EXPELLING RESPONSIBLE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT TO STAFF OUR LABS, START NEW BUSINESSES, DEFEND THIS COUNTRY. >> Ellerbee: ROMNEY HAS SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT'S ACTION MAKES REACHING A LONG-TERM SOLUTION FOR YOUNG ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS MORE DIFFICULT. DURING THE PRIMARY SEASON, HE INTRODUCED THE CONCEPT OF SELF-DEPORTATION. THE IDEA IS THAT FEDERAL LAWS WOULD MAKE IT SO DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO WORK HERE, THEY WOULD WANT TO LEAVE THE UNITED STATES ON THEIR OWN. >> IF EMPLOYERS HIRE SOMEONE WITHOUT A CARD OR WITHOUT CHECKING TO SEE WHETHER IT'S BEEN COUNTERFEITED, THEN THOSE EMPLOYERS WOULD BE SEVERELY SANCTIONED. IF YOU DO THAT, PEOPLE WHO'VE COME HERE ILLEGALLY WON'T BE ABLE TO FIND WORK. AND OVER TIME, THOSE PEOPLE WOULD TEND TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY OR SELF-DEPORT. >> I AGREE WITH ROMNEY'S APPROACH TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. BECAUSE ONCE WE MAKE IT REALLY TOUGH, THEY'LL WANT TO LEAVE. >> IT WILL OPEN JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICANS TO WORK. >> BY HAVING THEM LEAVE, WE CREATE A LOT OF JOB OPENINGS, BUT NO ONE'S GONNA TAKE UP THOSE NECESSARY POSITIONS. >> THEY DO JOBS THAT PEOPLE DON'T REALLY WANT. LIKE, THOSE THINGS WOULDN'T BE DONE WITHOUT THEM. >> I THINK THAT THE BOOST TO THE ECONOMY IS IMPORTANT. BUT THEY DO USE SERVICES THAT TAXPAYERS ARE PAYING FOR. >> MY MOM'S ACTUALLY FROM IRELAND, SO, LIKE, I REALLY BELIEVE THAT COMING IN THE RIGHT WAY IS WHAT PEOPLE SHOULD BE DOING. BUT, LIKE, I DO BELIEVE KIDS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT HERE THROUGH THEIR PARENTS SHOULD PROBABLY HAVE A CHANCE TO GET A CITIZENSHIP HERE. >> THEY HAD NO CHOICE. SO THEY SHOULD HAVE AN EASIER PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP. >> YOU CAN COME OVER HERE LEGALLY, GO THROUGH THE PROCESS, AND BECOME A CITIZEN. AND THEN THAT'S WHEN YOU SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO STAY. >> Ellerbee: FEDERAL TAXES PAID BY U.S. CITIZENS HELP TO PAY FOR THE U.S. MILITARY, AS WELL AS EXISTING FEDERAL HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS, RETIREMENT PROGRAMS, FOOD STAMPS, DISASTER RELIEF, AND OTHER EFFORTS. BUT NOW THE U.S. IS IN DEBT. THERE ARE TWO WAYS OUT: THE GOVERNMENT MUST RAISE TAXES OR SPEND LESS... OR BOTH. >> I BELIEVE IT'S TIME TO LET THE TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS, FOLKS LIKE MYSELF, TO EXPIRE. >> Ellerbee: OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS PROPOSE TO RAISE TAXES FOR THE RICHEST 2% OF AMERICANS--THOSE FAMILIES MAKING MORE THAN $250,000 A YEAR--WHILE LOWERING TAXES FOR MOST OTHER AMERICANS. OBAMA WOULD CUT SPENDING AS WELL. ROMNEY WANTS TO CUT TAXES BY 20% FOR EVERYONE BECAUSE REPUBLICANS BELIEVE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE SMALLER INSTEAD OF TAXES BEING HIGHER. >> I WILL NOT ENDORSE ANY PLAN THAT RAISES REVENUES; RAISES TAXES. WHAT I WILL ENDORSE IS A PLAN THAT CUTS SPENDING. >> I AGREE MORE WITH ROMNEY'S POLICIES ON TAXES. BY CUTTING THE TAXES ON THE BUSINESS OWNERS, THEN THE BUSINESSES HAVE MORE MONEY LEFT OVER TO HIRE NEW PEOPLE. >> WE'RE OBVIOUSLY IN DEBT BECAUSE WE'RE SPENDING MORE MONEY THAN WE ACTUALLY HAVE. AND SO WHAT I THINK WE SHOULD DO IS CUT SPENDING. >> THINGS LIKE FOOD STAMPS AND MEDICAID, THAT'S WHAT'S GONNA HAVE TO BE CUT. >> ROMNEY'S PLAN TO CUT TAXES IS A TERRIBLE IDEA, IN MY OPINION, BECAUSE IT WEAKENS THE GOVERNMENT. >> A LOT OF THE SERVICES THAT THE GOVERNMENT GIVES ARE IMPORTANT TO DAILY LIVES. >> SOCIAL SECURITY; WE NEED THAT. EDUCATION; WE NEED THAT. WELFARE; WE NEED THAT. >> BY INCREASING THE TAX ON JUST THE WEALTHIEST, OBAMA'S KIND OF SENDING OUT THE MESSAGE THAT IF YOU WORK HARD, YOU'RE GONNA BE REWARDED BY HAVING TO PAY THE GOVERNMENT EVEN MORE. >> I DON'T THINK RICH PEOPLE ARE RICHER JUST BECAUSE THEY WORK HARDER THAN POOR PEOPLE. POOR PEOPLE WORK JUST AS HARD. >> I KNOW IF I WAS A MILLIONAIRE, I WOULDN'T HAVE A PROBLEM PAYING MORE TAXES. >> Ellerbee: EVERYBODY AGREES THE U.S. WOULD BE BETTER OFF IF IT WERE NOT DEPENDENT ON FOREIGN OIL. THE QUESTION IS HOW TO REACH THE GOAL OF ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. >> IF WE'RE GONNA TAKE CONTROL OF OUR ENERGY FUTURE-- WHICH WE HAVE TO DO-- THEN WE'VE GOT TO HAVE AN ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE STRATEGY THAT DEVELOPS EVERY SINGLE SOURCE OF AMERICAN ENERGY. >> Ellerbee: OBAMA CALLS FOR ELIMINATING FEDERAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. WHILE HE BELIEVES IN MORE DRILLING, HE SAYS WE MUST KEEP THE LAWS THAT PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT. HE ALSO SAYS MORE FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN NEW VEHICLE AND FUEL TECHNOLOGIES, SOLAR ENERGY, PUBLIC TRANSIT, AND HIGH-SPEED RAILROADS WILL HELP REDUCE OUR DEPENDENCE ON ALL OIL. >> HE'S FOR ALL OF THE ENERGY SOURCES THAT COME FROM ABOVE THE GROUND. THE WIND AND THE SUN, ALL RIGHT? NOW, I LIKE THE WIND AND SUN TOO. BUT I ALSO LIKE THE ENERGY THAT COMES FROM BELOW THE GROUND; THE OIL, THE COAL, THE GAS. WE'RE GONNA GET 'EM BOTH. >> Ellerbee: ROMNEY BELIEVES THAT AS OF NOW, ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES LIKE SOLAR AND WIND POWER ARE ECONOMICALLY UNPROVEN AND THAT FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN THEM IS A TIME AND TAXPAYER MONEY. HE ALSO THINKS WE MUST UNDO SOME OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL RULES THAT MAKE IT HARDER FOR OIL AND GAS COMPANIES TO DO BUSINESS. >> PRESIDENT OBAMA SEES MORE OF AN APPROACHES--GOVERNMENT-AIDED, HELPING FORCE GREEN ENERGY INTO THE ECONOMY, WHILE GOVERNOR ROMNEY SEES MORE OF A HANDS-OFF APPROACH WHILE LETTING THE CAPITALISM AND INNOVATION PLAY OUT, AND TRULY THE FREE MARKET'LL DECIDE WHAT'S BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD. >> I'M FOR OBAMA'S APPROACH, BECAUSE I FEEL THAT IF WE LEAVE IT TO BUSINESS, WE'LL NEVER REALLY GET TO THE ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES, BECAUSE IT'S CHEAPER AND MORE PROFITABLE ON THE SHORT-TERM FOR BUSINESS TO KEEP GOING WITH OIL. >> I AGREE WITH ROMNEY THAT WE SHOULD NOT SUPPORT THE COMPANIES TO DEVELOP THE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES, BECAUSE UNTIL THEY ARE PROVEN, IT IS A WASTE OF MONEY. >> I THINK THAT WE NEED TO START DRILLING AND STOP BEING SO--SO HARSH ON OUR OFF-SHORE DRILLING RULES AND REGULATIONS. >> I BELIEVE THE BEST SYSTEM RIGHT NOW WOULD BE TO CONTINUE DRILLING AND LET THE FREE MARKET DO MORE RESEARCH ON GREEN ENERGY. >> IN ROMNEY'S OPINION, WE SHOULD JUST LET THE MARKET DO WHAT IT'S DOING. WE SHOULD JUST GO FOR THE OIL IF THAT'S WHAT THE MARKET SAYS. THE MARKET. THE MARKET. THE MARKET. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE? EARTH IS BEING DAMAGED BY WHAT WE ARE DOING. >> GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT IS A HUGE THING RIGHT NOW. AND IF WE JUST KEEP DRILLING, IT'S GOING TO RUIN OUR PLANET. >> EVEN IF THERE ARE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS, THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS, AND EVEN THE FOREIGN POLICY BENEFITS-- INDEPENDENCE FORM OTHER COUNTRIES--IS SO MUCH GREATER THAT IT REALLY DOES OUTWEIGH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS. >> I DON'T THINK THE CANDIDATES ARE TALKING ENOUGH ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING. THE PROBLEM IS THAT GLOBAL WARMING ISN'T THEIR PROBLEM, BECAUSE BY THE TIME GLOBAL WARMING GETS REALLY EXTREME AND IT HAS SERIOUS IMPLICATIONS, THEY'RE GONNA BE GONE. AND SO IT'S OUR PROBLEM. IT'S THE KIDS' PROBLEM. >> Ellerbee: MORE PEOPLE ARE FINDING WORK, BUT UNEMPLOYMENT IS STILL HIGH. WHAT SHOULD A PRESIDENT DO? DEMOCRATS GENERALLY BELIEVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN HELP. OBAMA SIGNED A LAW AIMED AT CREATING JOBS BY INVESTING FEDERAL MONEY IN PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS SUCH AS ROADS, BRIDGES, AND SEWERS. THIS STIMULUS PACKAGE WAS ALSO USED TO FUND PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND CLEAN ENERGY PROJECTS. OBAMA SAYS PEOPLE WITH JOBS WILL SPEND MORE MONEY. AND THE MOST PEOPLE SPEND, THE BETTER THE ECONOMY. HE HAS ALSO PROPOSED USING TAX BREAKS TO ENCOURAGE CORPORATIONS TO BRING JOBS BACK TO THE UNITED STATES. >> ALL THESE INVESTMENTS IN INNOVATION, EDUCATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE WILL MAKE AMERICA A BETTER PLACE TO DO BUSINESS AND CREATE JOBS. >> Ellerbee: REPUBLICANS GENERALLY BELIEVE PRIVATE INDUSTRY, NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, IS A MORE EFFECTIVE ENGINE FOR JOB GROWTH. TO THAT END, MITT ROMNEY FAVORS LOOSENING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS, OR RULES, FOR PRIVATE INDUSTRY TO HELP PRIVATE INDUSTRY BE MORE SUCCESSFUL. >> I WANT TO GET REGULATORS TO SEE THEIR JOB AS TO ENCOURAGE BUSINESS, NOT TO CRUSH IT. I WILL IMPOSE A BLOCK--I'LL PUT A HOLD ON EVERY OBAMA-ERA REGULATION AND GET RID OF THOSE THAT KILL JOBS IN AMERICA. >> I AGREE WITH MITT ROMNEY'S POSITION ON JOB CREATION BECAUSE AS--THE PRIVATE COMPANIES CAN CREATE MUCH MORE JOBS THAN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES. AND PRIVATE COMPANIES USE MONEY BETTER THAN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES. >> PRIVATE INDUSTRIES DO CREATE JOBS FOR PEOPLE, BUT THOSE PEOPLE MAY BE IN OTHER COUNTRIES, AND THAT WOULD NOT NECESSARILY HELP OUR ECONOMY. >> I THINK OBAMA'S IDEA OF PUSHING FOR MANUFACTURING IN THE UNITED STATES IS DEFINITELY ON THE RIGHT TRACK. >> WE NEED TO LOWER TAXES AND CUT DOWN ON REGULATION TO ALLOW BUSINESSES TO EXPAND. >> I THINK CUTTING REGULATIONS WOULD BE A HUGE MISTAKE. >> WE NEED SOME OF THEM TO KEEP BUSINESS IN CHECK. >> THERE DOES NEED TO BE REGULATION, BUT I DON'T THINK YOU NEED TO REGULATE THE COMPANIES TO A POINT WHERE THEIR BUSINESS CAN'T FLOURISH. >> I SUPPORT OBAMA'S APPROACH TO JOBS. WE'VE SEEN THAT THE STIMULUS PACKAGE HAS BUILT INFRASTRUCTURE. >> IT'S LIKE KILLING TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE. YOU'RE CREATING JOBS, AND AT THE SAME TIME YOU'RE IMPROVING OUR SOCIETY. >> I BELIEVE IT IS NOT THE ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CREATE JOBS. I BELIEVE THAT IT'S MORE TO CREATE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRIVATE BUSINESSES TO CREATE JOBS. >> Ellerbee: MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE OUGHT TO BE A RIGHT OF ALL AMERICANS. YET TODAY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE UNINSURED, WHICH MEANS IF THEY GET SICK OR INJURED, THEY HAVE TO PAY THE DOCTOR AND HOSPITAL BILLS OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKET. AND MANY CAN'T AFFORD TO DO THAT. DURING HIS FIRST TERM IN OFFICE, PRESIDENT OBAMA CHAMPIONED AN OVERHAUL OF OUR NATION'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THE LAW IS EXPECTED TO GREATLY REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE UNINSURED BY REQUIRING THAT MOST PEOPLE BUY INSURANCE OR PAY A PENALTY. PROHIBITING PROVIDERS FROM DENYING COVERAGE TO CHILDREN WHO ALREADY HAVE HEALTH PROBLEMS BUT NO INSURANCE YET. THE CONTROVERSY OVER THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT, TERMED OBAMACARE, MADE ITS WAY ALL THE WAY TO THE SUPREME COURT, WHERE THE INDIVIDUAL INSURANCE REQUIREMENT OF THE PLAN WAS UPHELD. THIS HAS NOT STOPPED THE DEBATE. >> WHAT THE COURT DID NOT DO ON ITS LAST DAY IN SESSION, I WILL DO ON MY FIRST DAY IF ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. AND THAT IS, I WILL ACT TO REPEAL OBAMACARE. >> THE SUPREME COURT REAFFIRMED A FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE: THAT HERE IN AMERICA, IN THE WEALTHIEST NATION ON EARTH, NO ILLNESS OR ACCIDENT SHOULD LEAD TO ANY FAMILY'S FINANCIAL RUIN. >> WHAT I WOULD DO IS KEEP, AS WE HAVE TODAY, STATE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THOSE THAT ARE UNINSURED. YOU SEE, I BELIEVE IN THE TENTH AMENDMENT. I BELIEVE THAT STATES HAVE RESPONSIBILITY TO CARE FOR THEIR PEOPLE IN THE WAY THEY FEEL BEST. >> I FEEL LIKE OBAMACARE IS A GOOD IDEA. EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. LIKE, IF YOU DO--LIKE, EVERY CAR NEEDS CAR INSURANCE. >> PEOPLE WITH PREEXISTING CONDITIONS, YOU KNOW, WOULD HAVE BEEN DENIED BEFORE IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE INSURANCE. >> THE OVERARCHING THING I CAN'T GET PAST IS THE FACT THAT THEY'RE MAKING YOU BUY IT. >> THAT'S KIND OF LIKE SAYING THE GOVERNMENT COULD SAY THAT YOU HAVE TO BUY ASPARAGUS IF THEY WANTED TO. >> I DEFINITELY THINK THAT OBAMACARE, AS IT HAS BEEN CALLED, IS SOMETHING THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT. IF WE DON'T IMPOSE HEALTH CARE, WE'RE GOING TO END UP WITH A SYSTEM THAT HAS TO SPEND MORE FEDERAL MONEY ON PEOPLE'S HEALTH EXPENSES. A LOT OF EMERGENCY ROOMS HAVE A POLICY WHERE THE WON'T TURN ANYONE AWAY, EVEN IF THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY FOR IT. >> THEY GO TO A HOSPITAL, AND ALL THE TAXPAYERS OF AMERICA HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. AND YOUR PREMIUMS GO UP. >> I DO NOT THINK THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD INTERFERE WITH HEALTH CARE. I DON'T THINK THAT THEY SHOULD REGULATE IT. I DON'T THINK THAT IT SHOULD BE MANDATORY THAT EVERY AMERICAN HAS IT. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STAY OUT OF PEOPLE'S LIVES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. >> Ellerbee: AND NOW THE ISSUE YOU RANKED AS MOST IMPORTANT THIS ELECTION YEAR. >> Ellerbee: MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE AMERICA'S EDUCATION SYSTEM IS IN CRISIS. U.S. KIDS HAVE FALLEN BEHIND KIDS IN MANY OTHER COUNTRIES. FOR THE MOST PART, STATES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES CONTROL EDUCATION IN THE U.S. HOWEVER, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES PLAY A ROLE IN SHAPING STANDARDS AND HELPING PAY FOR EDUCATION. BUT THE CANDIDATES IN 2012 HAVE VERY DIFFERENT VIEWS OF WHAT THAT ROLE OUGHT TO BE. >> AS PRESIDENT, I'M GONNA GIVE THE PARENTS OF EVERY LOW INCOME AND SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENT THE CHANCE TO CHOOSE WHERE THEIR CHILD GOES TO SCHOOL. >> Ellerbee: ROMNEY'S CURRENT EDUCATION PLAN WOULD USE FEDERAL DOLLARS TO ENCOURAGE STATES TO IMPLEMENT SCHOOL CHOICE. THAT MEANS THAT IF THEIR ASSIGNED SCHOOL DISTRICT IS FAILING, PARENTS DON'T HAVE TO PAY LOCAL SCHOOL TAXES AND CAN USE THAT MONEY TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO PRIVATE SCHOOL OR SOME SPECIAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS. >> HERE'S WHAT I SAY. I SAY I AM NOT WILLING TO GIVE UP ON ANY CHILD IN AMERICA. I SAY I'M NOT WILLING TO GIVE UP ON ANY SCHOOL IN AMERICA. I DO NOT ACCEPT FAILURE HERE IN AMERICA. >> Ellerbee: DEMOCRATS GENERALLY FEEL THAT SCHOOL CHOICE, WHICH REMOVES DOLLARS FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS ALREADY IN NEED OF MONEY, WOULD DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ALSO POINTS TO ITS RECOVERY ACT, A NEW LAW THAT INCLUDED THE LARGEST FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION IN HISTORY AND HAS PREVENTED MORE THAN 300,000 TEACHERS AND SCHOOL WORKERS FROM BEING FIRED BECAUSE STATES DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY. >> I THINK SCHOOL CHOICE IS REALLY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE IF A SCHOOL IS FAILING AND YOU'RE PAYING FOR IT, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO TAKE YOUR MONEY AND USE IT ELSEWHERE. >> IF THAT SCHOOL IS UNABLE TO COMPETE WITH THE BETTER SCHOOLS, THEN IT SHOULDN'T SURVIVE. FAILING SCHOOLS SHOULD FAIL BECAUSE THEY ARE FAILING SCHOOLS. >> I THINK ROMNEY'S SUPPORT OF SCHOOL CHOICE IS WRONG, PERSONALLY, BECAUSE IT'S TAKING MONEY OUT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS. >> WE NEED THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, AND IT WOULD UNDERMINE THE WHOLE SYSTEM, AND IT WOULD GET RID OF THAT SYSTEM. >> I THINK THAT THE SCHOOL CHOICE DEBATE IS THE WRONG DEBATE TO BE HAVING. I THINK THAT THE RIGHT DEBATE WOULD BE: WHY AREN'T PUBLIC SCHOOLS GETTING MORE FUNDING SO THAT THEY CAN IMPROVE? >> I WANT TO SEE AN EDUCATIONAL STIMULUS. AND THIS CAN ONLY BE DONE BY HAVING THE GOVERNMENT INVEST A LITTLE MORE MONEY, KINDLING THAT INSPIRATIONAL SPARK THAT COULD SET OFF A FLAME OF ENLIGHTENMENT AND MAKE AMERICA WHAT IT ONCE WAS. >> Ellerbee: EVERY ELECTION, CANDIDATES DEBATE THE ISSUES, AND THEN PEOPLE VOTE. WE CHOOSE OUR PRESIDENTS BASED ON MANY THINGS: CHARACTER, PERSONALITY, FAMILY, RELIGION, THEIR COMMERCIALS, EVEN THEIR LOOKS. BUT DON'T FORGET THE ISSUES. PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THEY SAY THEY BELIEVE AND WHAT THEY SAY THEY WOULD DO. THEN YOU HAVE FOUR YEARS TO SEE IF THE WINNER REMEMBERS WHAT HE SAID HE BELIEVED AND WHAT HE SAID HE WOULD DO. AS FOR VOTING FOR PRESIDENT, YOU GET YOUR CHANCE HERE ON NICKELODEON BEGINNING ON OCTOBER 15TH. I'M LINDA ELLERBEE. >> I'M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT TO HELP CREATE A BETTER FUTURE. >> WE LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND. WE PULL EACH OTHER UP. >> Ellerbee: IF IT'S OCTOBER 2012, IT'S TIME FOR KIDS TO PICK THE PRESIDENT. >> male announcer: THIS IS NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE. NOW FROM NEW YORK, HERE IS LINDA ELLERBEE. >> Ellerbee: AS YOU KNOW, THE LAW SAYS YOU MUST BE 18 TO VOTE FOR PRESIDENT. NATURALLY, THIS DOESN'T APPLY HERE ON NICKELODEON, WHERE YOU DO GET TO VOTE. AND AT THE END OF THIS PROGRAM, WE'LL TELL YOU HOW. WHY VOTE? WELL, ONE, IT'S GOOD PRACTICE, AND TWO, YOUR VOTE REALLY DOES COUNT, BECAUSE ADULTS, INCLUDING THE MEDIA, WILL PAY ATTENTION TO HOW YOU VOTE. AFTER ALL, IN FIVE OF THE LAST SIX PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, YOU'VE PICKED THE WINNER, AND YOU'VE DONE IT A COUPLE OF WEEKS BEFORE THE ADULTS VOTED. BUT, FIRST, LET'S REVIEW WHO THESE MEN ARE, OR AT LEAST WHO THEY WANT US TO BELIEVE THEY ARE. WE BEGIN WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CANDIDATE, THE CURRENT PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA. >> MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, DELEGATES, I ACCEPT YOUR NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. [cheers and applause] >> Ellerbee: PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS HE WANTS FOUR MORE YEARS TO FINISH THE JOB HE STARTED. FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA AND THEIR DAUGHTERS MALIA AND SASHA ARE BY HIS SIDE. AND ONCE AGAIN, HIS VICE PRESIDENTIAL RUNNING MATE IS JOE BIDEN. BARACK OBAMA WAS BORN IN HONOLULU, HAWAII, IN 1961. AND HIS MOTHER WAS FROM KANSAS. HIS FATHER, BARACK OBAMA, SR., WAS AN ECONOMIST FROM KENYA. AT AGE 10, OBAMA WAS ACCEPTED BY PUNAHOU ACADEMY ON SCHOLARSHIP. HE PLAYED FOOTBALL, SANG IN THE SCHOOL CHORUS, WROTE FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL JOURNAL, AND PLAYED BASKETBALL. IN HIS SENIOR YEAR, HE AND HIS TEAMMATES WON THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. OBAMA GOT HIS COLLEGE DEGREE FROM COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY. HE ENROLLED AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL IN 1988, AND WHILE WORKING A SUMMER JOB AT A CHICAGO LAW FIRM, HE MET MICHELLE ROBINSON, HIS FUTURE WIFE. BEFORE ENTERING POLITICS, OBAMA ALSO WORKED AS A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, A CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY, AND HE TAUGHT CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO. IN 1996, 35-YEAR-OLD BARACK OBAMA WAS ELECTED TO THE ILLINOIS STATE SENATE. EIGHT YEARS LATER, WHILE CAMPAIGNING FOR A SEAT IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE, OBAMA WAS INVITED TO SPEAK AT THE 2004 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION-- A HUGE HONOR. >> THERE IS NOT A LIBERAL AMERICA AND A CONSERVATIVE AMERICA. THERE IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. >> Ellerbee: OBAMA WON THE RACE FOR U.S. SENATE BY A LARGE MAJORITY OF VOTES, BUT HE HAD BIGGER ASPIRATIONS. AND ON JANUARY 20, 2009, THE FIRST BLACK AMERICAN PRESIDENT WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE. >> SO HELP ME GOD. >> CONGRATULATIONS, MR. PRESIDENT. [cheers and applause] >> Ellerbee: PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS HE'S MOST PROUD OF DURING HIS LAST FOUR YEARS INCLUDE RESCUING THE AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY, ENDING THE WAR IN IRAQ, OVERHAULING THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, AND ORDERING THE SUCCESSFUL MISSION TO KILL TERRORIST OSAMA BIN LADEN. PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS THAT IF REELECTED, HE PLANS TO BUILD ON THE PROGRESS THAT HAS BEEN MADE OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS. >> IF YOU BELIEVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE EVERYONE GETS A FAIR SHOT AND EVERYONE DOES THEIR FAIR SHARE AND EVERYONE PLAYS BY THE SAME RULES, THEN I NEED YOU TO VOTE THIS NOVEMBER. >> Ellerbee: WE WENT AROUND THE COUNTRY VIDEOTAPING KIDS, ASKING YOU WHAT YOU WOULD ASK BOTH CANDIDATES IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE. ON SEPTEMBER 19, PRESIDENT OBAMA SAT DOWN WITH US AT THE WHITE HOUSE, WATCHED THOSE TAPES, AND ANSWERED YOUR QUESTIONS. HERE IS WHAT YOU AND HE HAD TO SAY. >> MY NAME IS VAN, AND I LIVE IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA. I WAS VERY SHOCKED ABOUT THE SHOOTING IN THE MOVIE THEATER IN AURORA, COLORADO, SO I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU, WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON GUN CONTROL AND THE EASY ACCESSIBILITY TO THE PUBLIC FOR OWNING SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS? >> IT'S A GREAT QUESTION, VAN, AND OBVIOUSLY I WAS REALLY UPSET, TOO, AS A PARENT. MALIA AND SASHA, THEY GO TO THE MOVIES ALL THE TIME. YOU KNOW, WE DON'T NEED AUTOMATIC WEAPONS ON OUR STREETS THAT ARE DESIGNED FOR SOLDIERS. AND SO I'VE BEEN IN FAVOR OF AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN. WE ALSO HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE DOING A BETTER JOB ON BACKGROUND CHECKS SO THAT FIREARMS ARE NOT GETTING INTO THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE MENTALLY ILL OR HAVE CRIMINAL RECORDS. THAT'S GONNA BE A CONTINUED PRIORITY FOR ME AS PRESIDENT. >> MY NAME IS AISHA, I'M 15 YEARS OLD, AND I'M FROM BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE. A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, I WAS AT SCHOOL. I WAS WALKING DOWN THE HALLWAY AND RAN STRAIGHT INTO A WALL. IT WAS REALLY EMBARRASSING. WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT, AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM IT? >> WELL, I HAVE EMBARRASSING MOMENTS ALL THE TIME. SO RUNNING INTO THE WALL, THAT'S PAR FOR THE COURSE FOR ME. I'M RUNNING INTO DOORS AND DESKS ALL THE TIME. BUT PROBABLY THE MOST RECENT EMBARRASSING MOMENT THAT I HAD WAS, THERE WAS A BIG AWARDS CEREMONY HERE. AND AFTER I GAVE MY SPEECH, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS REALLY GOOD, I WALKED OFF THE STAGE AND TOOK MICHELLE'S HAND AND STARTED LEADING HER OUT OF THIS BALLROOM, AND IT TURNS OUT THAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO STAY THERE AND WAIT FOR ALL THE AWARDEES TO SPEAK ALSO. [laughter] SO I HAD TO ACTUALLY WALK BACK INTO THE ROOM AND STAND THERE. AND MICHELLE THOUGHT I WAS AN IDIOT. >> MY NAME IS BLAKE, I'M 14 YEARS OLD, AND I'M FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS. MY FAMILY IS MIDDLE CLASS, AND TIMES HAVE BEEN HARD. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP FAMILIES LIKE MINE? >> THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WE'RE STARTING TO BOUNCE BACK. WE'VE BEEN CREATING A LOT MORE JOBS, AND, YOU KNOW, INDUSTRIES LIKE THE AUTO INDUSTRY THAT ARE SO IMPORTANT TO OUR ECONOMY ARE IMPROVING. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR YOU GUYS IS MAKING SURE YOU'VE GOT A GREAT EDUCATION, 'CAUSE IF YOU DO, THEN YOU'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO DO REALLY WELL. AND WE'VE DONE A LOT TO PROVIDE AN EASIER TIME FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO GET GRANTS AND LOANS SO THAT THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE. AND THEN WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AREN'T GETTING TAXED AT TOO HIGH A RATE. THE ONLY WAY WE CAN MAKE SURE WE DO THAT IS IF PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING BETTER ARE WILLING TO DO A LITTLE BIT MORE. >> I'M JOSEPH, I'M 14 YEARS OLD, AND I'M FROM NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE. SOMETIMES I HAVE A HARD TIME KNOWING WHAT'S RIGHT OR WRONG. WHEN I DO SOMETHING, AND I THINK IT'S RIGHT, SOME OTHERS THING IT'S WRONG. DO YOU EVER HAVE A HARD TIME DECIDING WHAT'S RIGHT OR WRONG? DOES IT MATTER WHAT OTHERS THINK? >> WELL, THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION. AND I THINK NO MATTER HOW OLD YOU ARE, SOMETIMES YOU'RE GONNA HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE ISSUES. UM, YOU KNOW, MOST OF YOU GUYS HAVE HEARD OF THE GOLDEN RULE. THAT'S A PRETTY GOOD RULE TO LIVE BY. USUALLY, IF YOU'RE DOING SOMETHING OR INTERACTING WITH SOMEBODY IN A WAY THAT IS RESPECTFUL TO THEM AND IS THE WAY YOU WOULD WANT TO BE TREATED, THEN YOU'RE PROBABLY DOING OKAY. AND YOU SHOULD ALWAYS STAND UP FOR THOSE VALUES, EVEN IF SOME PEOPLE AROUND YOU ARE NOT. >> MY NAME IS KATHLEEN, AND I'M FROM FREEMONT, CALIFORNIA. I HAVE A LOT OF GAY FRIENDS, AND THERE ARE A LOT OF GAY PEOPLE IN THE AREA THAT I LIVE IN. I'M WONDERING WHAT YOU WILL DO TO INSURE THAT THEY ARE TREATED EQUALLY. >> WELL, YOU KNOW, I'VE GOT A LOT OF GAY FRIENDS, TOO, AND IT'S PART OF THE REASON WHY THIS HAS BEEN SUCH AN IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR ME. ULTIMATELY, I THINK IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND THE FAIR THING TO DO TO ALLOW GAY COUPLES TO MARRY. NOW, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, AND WE HAVE TO BE RESPECTFUL OF GENUINE DIFFERENCES THAT PEOPLE HAVE. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO SORT OF THE CIVIL LAW, YOU BEING ABLE TO JOIN WITH YOUR PARTNER AND TRANSFER PROPERTY AND BE RECOGNIZED AND HAVE ALL THE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS OTHER COUPLES DO, I THINK THAT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. >> MY NAME IS FERNANDO, AND I'M FROM BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA. SOME OF MY FRIENDS ARE AND FAMILY ARE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE AND PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY WHO WANT NOTHING MORE THAN TO BE A U.S. CITIZEN. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU COULD DO TO MAKE BECOMING A CITIZEN EASIER FOR THESE PEOPLE? >> WHEN FOLKS HAVE COME HERE NOT THROUGH THE LEGAL PROCESS, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE RECOGNIZE THAT A LAW HAS BEEN BROKEN, BUT AS YOU SAID, THEY'RE GOOD PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST TRYING TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES. THIS IS WHY I THINK IT'S SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO PASS WHAT I CALL COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM, WHERE THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO EARN THEIR CITIZENSHIP OVER TIME. AND THAT'S ESPECIALLY TRUE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. YOU KNOW, WHAT I'VE DONE IS TO ADMINISTRATIVELY SAY THAT WE'RE NOT GONNA KICK THESE KIDS OUT OF THE COUNTRY. AND WHAT I NOW WANT TO DO IS TO GET CONGRESS TO WORK WITH US SO THAT WE CAN GIVE THEM A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP SO THAT THEY CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND CONTINUE THIS TRADITION OF IMMIGRATION THAT'S ALWAYS MADE US STRONGER, NOT WEAKER. >> I'M LUCIANA, AND I'M 15. I'VE BEEN HEARTBROKEN BEFORE. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN? AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF FROM IT? >> I PROMISE YOU THAT HAPPENS TO ALL OF US. THAT HAPPENED TO ME, WHERE YOU GET A GIRLFRIEND OR A BOYFRIEND, AND SOMEHOW IT DIDN'T TURN OUT THAT WELL. YOU KNOW, I THINK THE MAIN THING THAT YOU LEARN IS THAT, YOU KNOW, LIFE GOES ON. AND, YOU KNOW, AT A YOUNG AGE, EVERY LITTLE RELATIONSHIP THAT YOU HAVE MAY SEEM LIKE THIS IS GONNA BE THE LAST ONE. I PROMISE YOU IT WON'T BE. >> Ellerbee: ALTHOUGH IT WAS APRIL WHEN WE BEGAN REQUESTING THAT FORMER GOVERNOR ROMNEY ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS, HIS TEAM HAS TOLD US HE'S BEEN "UNABLE TO FIT IT IN." BUT WE KNOW THAT BEFORE YOU VOTE, YOU DESERVE INFORMATION ABOUT BOTH CANDIDATES. SO WE'RE GONNA DO OUR BEST UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES. WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE STORY OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT, FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY. WE'VE TRIED WHERE POSSIBLE TO INCLUDE FORMER GOVERNOR ROMNEY'S OWN WORDS ON THE SAME ISSUES THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS ASKED ABOUT. >> NOW IS THE MOMENT WHEN WE CAN DO SOMETHING, AND WITH YOUR HELP, WE WILL DO SOMETHING. [cheers and applause] >> Ellerbee: FORMER GOVERNOR ROMNEY SAYS HE WANTS TO LEAD THIS NATION AS ITS 45TH PRESIDENT. ROMNEY AND ANN, HIS WIFE, HAVE FIVE SONS AND 18 GRANDCHILDREN. FOR HIS VICE-PRESIDENTIAL RUNNING MATE, ROMNEY HAS CHOSEN U.S. CONGRESSMAN PAUL RYAN FROM WISCONSIN. WILLARD MITT ROMNEY WAS BORN TO GEORGE AND LENORE ROMNEY IN 1947 IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN. THE YOUNGEST OF FOUR, HE PREFERRED HIS MIDDLE NAME, MITT, WHICH WAS THE NAME OF HIS COUSIN, A FORMER QUARTERBACK FOR THE CHICAGO BEARS. MITT ROMNEY'S MOTHER WAS BORN IN UTAH. HIS FATHER WAS BORN TO AMERICAN PARENTS WHO LIVED IN MEXICO. >> MY FATHER NEVER GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE. HE APPRENTICED AS A LATH AND PLASTER CARPENTER. BUT DAD ALWAYS BELIEVED IN AMERICA, AND IN THAT AMERICA, A LATH AND PLASTER MAN CAN GROW UP AND WORK HIS WAY TO RUN A LITTLE CAR COMPANY CALLED AMERICAN MOTORS. >> Ellerbee: WHEN MITT WAS SIX, HIS FAMILY MOVED TO A SUBURB OF DETROIT, WHERE YOUNG ROMNEY ATTENDED PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND THEN, BEGINNING IN THE SEVENTH GRADE, WENT TO CRANBROOK, A PRIVATE BOY'S SCHOOL. HE WAS A MANAGER OF HIS HIGH SCHOOL'S ICE HOCKEY TEAM, A MEMBER OF THE PEP SQUAD, AND RAN CROSS COUNTRY TRACK. ROMNEY WAS INTRODUCED TO POLITICS AT AGE 14 WHEN HIS FATHER WAS ELECTED GOVERNOR OF MICHIGAN. AT AGE 19, AFTER ONE YEAR AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY, MITT ROMNEY MOVED TO FRANCE TO DO MISSIONARY WORK FOR THE MORMON CHURCH, OF WHICH HE AND HIS FAMILY ARE MEMBERS. AT 22, ROMNEY MARRIED ANN DAVIES, HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART. THEY HAD THEIR FIRST CHILD WHILE ATTENDING BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, WHERE ROMNEY FINISHED COLLEGE WITH A DEGREE IN ENGLISH. ROMNEY WENT ON TO GRADUATE SCHOOL AT HARVARD, WHERE HE STUDIED BUSINESS AND LAW. I GREW UP IN DETROIT IN LOVE WITH CARS AND WANTED TO BE A CAR GUY LIKE MY DAD, BUT BY THE TIME I WAS OUT OF SCHOOL, I REALIZED THAT I HAD TO GO OUT ON MY OWN, THAT IF I STAYED AROUND MICHIGAN IN THE SAME BUSINESS, I'D NEVER REALLY KNOW IF I WAS GETTING A BREAK BECAUSE OF MY DAD. I WANTED TO GO SOMEPLACE NEW AND PROVE MYSELF. >> Ellerbee: IN 1984, ROMNEY COFOUNDED BAIN CAPITAL, AN INVESTMENT COMPANY THAT BECAME VERY PROFITABLE. >> LIKE MANY OF YOU, IT'D BEEN A DREAM OF MINE TO TRY AND BUILD A BUSINESS FROM THE GROUND UP. WE STARTED IN A LITTLE OFFICE A COUPLE OF HOURS FROM HERE, AND OVER THE YEARS WE WERE ABLE TO GROW FROM OUR FIRST TEN EMPLOYEES TO HUNDREDS. >> Ellerbee: WHEN HE WAS 52, MITT ROMNEY WAS HIRED TO MANAGE THE 2002 OLYMPIC GAMES IN SALT LAKE CITY, WHICH HELPED LAUNCH HIS POLITICAL CAREER IN ANOTHER STATE. >> WITH MY AFFECTION FOR THE PEOPLE OF MASSACHUSETTS, WITH THE SUPPORT OF MY FAMILY AROUND ME, MOST OF THEM, I AM A CANDIDATE FOR THE GOVERNORSHIP OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. [cheers and applause] >> Ellerbee: ROMNEY SERVED FOUR YEARS AS GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS. WE BALANCED EVERY BUDGET, RESTORED A $2 BILLION RAINY DAY FUND, AND KEPT OUR SCHOOLS FIRST AMONG ALL 50 STATES, AND I AM PROUD OF THAT RECORD. >> Ellerbee: MITT ROMNEY WANTED TO BE PRESIDENT IN 2008, BUT WHEN HE LOST IN THE PRIMARIES, HE TURNED HIS FOCUS AHEAD TO THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL RACE. >> I'M MITT ROMNEY, AND I'M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. [cheers and applause] >> Ellerbee: HE DID GET THE NOMINATION. HE IS THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT, AND HE BELIEVES HE IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB. [cheers and applause] >> I'M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT TO HELP CREATE A BETTER FUTURE, A FUTURE WHERE EVERYONE WHO WANTS A JOB CAN FIND A JOB, WHERE NO SENIOR FEELS FOR THE-- FEARS FOR THE SECURITY OF THEIR RETIREMENT, AN AMERICA WHERE EVERY PARENT KNOWS THAT THEIR CHILD WILL GET AN EDUCATION THAT LEADS THEM TO A GOOD JOB AND A BRIGHT HORIZON. >> Ellerbee: WHAT FOLLOWS ARE SOME OF FORMER GOVERNOR ROMNEY'S VIEWS ON SOME OF THE ISSUES YOU ASKED PRESIDENT OBAMA ABOUT AND HE ANSWERED. WE BEGIN WITH THE SUBJECT OF JOBS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. >> I'VE GOT FIVE THINGS I'M GONNA DO, FIVE THINGS I'M GONNA DO, IN MY PLAN TO HELP GET THE MIDDLE CLASS WORKING AGAIN WITH MORE JOBS AND MORE TAKE-HOME PAY. FIVE THINGS. THOSE FIVE THINGS: ENERGY, EDUCATION, THE SKILLS WE NEED TO SUCCEED, TRADE, BALANCING OUR BUDGET, AND CHAMPIONING SMALL BUSINESS. THEY'RE GONNA CAUSE THIS ECONOMY TO COME ROARING BACK. PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ARE GONNA BE SURPRISED TO SEE AMERICA LEAD THE WORLD AGAIN WITH ECONOMIC GROWTH AND VITALITY. >> Ellerbee: ON THE SUBJECT OF IMMIGRATION, THIS IS WHAT GOVERNOR ROMNEY BELIEVES. >> I WILL PRIORITIZE EFFORTS THAT STRENGTHEN LEGAL IMMIGRATION AND MAKE IT MORE TRANSPARENT AND EASIER. AND I'M GONNA ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN A CIVIL AND RESOLUTE MANNER. IT'S CRITICAL THAT WE REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS TO SECURE THE BORDERS. THAT MEANS BOTH PREVENTING ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSINGS AND MAKING IT HARDER TO ILLEGALLY OVERSTAY A VISA. WE SHOULD FIELD ENOUGH BORDER PATROL AGENTS, COMPLETE A HIGH-TECH FENCE, AN IMPLEMENT AN IMPROVED EXIT VERIFICATION SYSTEM. WE MUST ALSO MAKE LEGAL IMMIGRATION MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. AS PRESIDENT, I WILL STAND FOR A PATH TO LEGAL STATUS FOR ANYONE WHO IS WILLING TO STAND UP AND DEFEND THIS GREAT NATION THROUGH MILITARY SERVICE. [applause] AND IF YOU GET AN ADVANCED DEGREE HERE, WE WANT YOU TO STAY HERE. SO I'D STAPLE A GREEN CARD TO THE DIPLOMA OF SOMEONE WHO GETS AN ADVANCED DEGREE IN AMERICA. >> Ellerbee: HERE'S WHAT MITT ROMNEY HAS TO SAY ABOUT GUNS. >> WE NEED A PRESIDENT WHO WILL ENFORCE CURRENT LAWS, NOT CREATE NEW ONES THAT ONLY SERVE TO BURDEN LAWFUL GUN OWNERS. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS NOT. I WILL. WE NEED A PRESIDENT WHO STAND UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF HUNTERS AND SPORTSMEN AND THOSE WHO SEEK TO PROTECT THEIR HOMES AND THEIR FAMILIES. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS NOT. I WILL. AND IF WE'RE GONNA SAFEGUARD OUR SECOND AMENDMENT, IT'S TIME TO ELECT A PRESIDENT WHO WILL DEFEND THE RIGHTS PRESIDENT OBAMA IGNORES OR MINIMIZES. >> Ellerbee: FINALLY, GAY RIGHTS IS ONE OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES IN THIS ELECTION. WHERE DOES MITT ROMNEY STAND? >> STATES ARE ABLE TO MAKE DECISIONS WITH REGARDS TO DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP BENEFITS, SUCH AS HOSPITAL VISITATION RIGHTS. BENEFITS AND SO FORTH OF VARIOUS KINDS COULD BE DETERMINED STATE BY STATE, BUT MY VIEW IS THAT MARRIAGE ITSELF IS A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN, AND THAT'S MY OWN PREFERENCE. I KNOW OTHER PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERING VIEWS. THIS IS A VERY TENDER AND SENSITIVE TOPIC, AS ARE MANY SOCIAL ISSUES. BUT I HAVE THE SAME VIEW THAT I'VE HAD SINCE-- WELL, SINCE RUNNING FOR OFFICE. >> Ellerbee: WE'RE SORRY FORMER GOVERNOR ROMNEY WAS UNABLE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS. HOWEVER, THERE'S NO SHORTAGE OF KIDS WHO SUPPORT ROMNEY OR KIDS WHO SUPPORT OBAMA. HERE ARE SOME OF YOU NOW. >> THIS YEAR, I'M VOTING FOR MITT ROMNEY BECAUSE HE GREW UP IN A TIGHT-KNIT FAMILY AND HE'S A FAMILY MAN, AND I CAN APPRECIATE THAT IN A PRESIDENT. >> THIS YEAR, I'M GONNA BE VOTING FOR BARACK OBAMA BECAUSE HE HAS INTEGRITY AND HE CARES ABOUT ALL AMERICANS. >> I AM VOTING FOR MITT ROMNEY BECAUSE HE BELIEVES IN A SMALLER GOVERNMENT AND MORE POWER SHOULD BE LEFT FOR THE STATES. >> I AM VOTING FOR OBAMA BECAUSE I THINK IT'S GOOD THAT HE SUPPORTS GREEN ENERGY. >> I'M VOTING FOR ROMNEY BECAUSE MY FAMILY OWNS A SMALL BUSINESS, AND HE WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR BUSINESSES TO DO WHAT THEY WANT. >> I'M VOTING FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA BECAUSE I LOVE THE WAY HE'S CONDUCTED HIMSELF DURING HIS PRESIDENCY, AND I THINK HE REPRESENTS GREATER UNITY FOR AMERICA. >> I THINK WE'VE COME SO FAR IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS, BUT WE'RE NOT DONE YET, AND WE NEED ANOTHER FOUR TO FINISH WHAT WE STARTED. >> I AM VOTING FOR MITT ROMNEY BECAUSE I BELIEVE HE IS TRUSTWORTHY AND HE WILL KEEP HIS PROMISES. >> I'M VOTING FOR MITT ROMNEY BECAUSE HE BELIEVES THAT MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN, AS DO I. >> I BELIEVE THAT ALL PEOPLE SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO LOVE WHO THEY WANT TO LOVE AND MARRY WHO THEY WANT TO MARRY. AND THAT'S WHY THIS YEAR I'M VOTING FOR BARACK OBAMA. >> I HAVE NOT DECIDED WHO I'M GOING TO VOTE FOR, BUT I'M DEFINITELY GOING TO VOTE. >> Ellerbee: NOW IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO VOTE FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT. BEFORE YOU DO, HERE'S SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU DECIDE WHO GETS YOUR VOTE. IT'S SAID THAT A POLITICIAN THINKS OF THE NEXT ELECTION, BUT A STATESMAN THINKS OF THE NEXT GENERATION. YOU ARE THAT NEXT GENERATION. SO VOTE FOR THE POLITICIAN YOU THINK IS MOST LIKELY TO TURN INTO A STATESMAN-- A PRESIDENT WHO WILL WORK TO REPRESENT US ALL. I'M LINDA ELLERBEE FOR NICK NEWS. OH, AND ONE MORE THING: HERE'S HOW YOU CAN VOTE. >> narrator: STARTING RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN CAST YOUR VOTE FOR PRESIDENT BY LOGGING ON TO: VOTING WILL LAST UNTIL MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, WHEN THE WINNER OF THE KIDS PICK THE PRESIDENT ELECTION WILL BE ANNOUNCED
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