Gotta Watch: Kids 1, Politicians 0
December 1st, 2011
04:40 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Kids 1, Politicians 0

Politicians need to be prepared for pretty much anything. Between the tabloids and reporters – every bit of what they say is scrutinized.   There are always going to be moments when politicians get caught off guard by the people they expect the least. You've gotta watch what happens when kids stump politicians on the tough questions starting with an incident between Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and a teenager.

Teen vs. presidential candidate – Bachmann is questioned by a high school student about her stance on same-sex marriage at a town hall meeting in Iowa. Watch the testy exchange as she just won't let up. See the full video from iReporter Anelia Dimitrova here.

Student asks president bold question –  Check out how President Obama handles a student's question about using drugs, gambling and prostitution to stimulate the economy.

Perry caught off guard – This video between a little boy and  Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is a prime example of a politician being caught off guard by the unexpected.  Watch how Perry fields questions about evolution and the kid's mom won't let him back down.

soundoff (265 Responses)
  1. chillipepper

    I watched the video and thought Politician 1, kids 0

    December 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      How? The politicians danced around all of the questions.

      December 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • sidneyhop

      Bachman proves once again she's political automaton through and through.

      Can you imagine her, or anyone who actually agrees her answer was a logical one, being president!!! What a catastrophe!!!

      December 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoRadicalsPlease

      what planet you on. she clearly showed she is a dunce

      December 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I watched and saw Right-wing, religious nuts 1, Civil Rights 0. The kid has a great point that either totally escapes Bachmann (completely possible...she's an idiot), or she avoids by trying to make the claim that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman, which it is not. Marriage, as far as the law, is only a civil union. Outside the romantic-comedy delusions of most of the country, it's just a way to consolidate family estates and insure there is an heir. Only nuts and romantics attach any romance to the license.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • chillipepper

      Really John? are you serious? Bachmann answered every question. Are you that bias to be like the 3 monkeys?

      December 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • MichelleIsCorrect

      She is honest with her answers. No dancing around issues, you have to be delusional to think that. She was honest, it is how it is. Man marries a woman, and vice versa. Great lady.

      December 1, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Powerofthetruth

      She clearly danced around that question! Well at least we all know where she stands on that issue. Bigotry at it's finest! You would have to be as nutty as she is to vote for that woman.

      December 1, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      She didn't answer the issue at heart, she danced away with the lame 'well, gays can marry anyone they want... as long as that person is of the opposite gender'. She decided to ignore the larger issue of 'well... if we make it legal to let two people of the same gender marry, straights would also have the legal right to marry someone of the same gender... so why do we have our LAWS such that you can only have an opposite s-x marriage'?

      It's a cheap cop out to say "gay marriage should be illegal because that's the current way the law works". Please, tell me why the law should remain the same.

      December 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • larryb

      it's spelled chili and I think we found the don't think

      December 2, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Herkimer Schwartz

    Kids are very smart today. Especially when you pit them against someone like Michele Bachman.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • R

      And when an adult who does not want the person elected tells them what to ask :o)

      December 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • rapidone

      Hah - you WISH R... but Bachmann is a moron, and kids ARE smarter nowadays in the information age. In fact, that kid is smarter than Bachmann as well as anyone DUMB ENOUGH to vote for her for the Republicans are their consituents' slave-masters.

      December 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • rapidone

      typo lol, I meant * "DUMB ENOUGH to vote for her OR for the Republicans THAT are their consituents' slave-masters."

      December 1, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. George Patton

    Me too. ARRRRRRR.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Limbs

    @George. Quit trolling Chrissy and everyone. It is getting old.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TXpresby

    Just like not knowing the voting age in the U.S., Perry doesn't know what is taught in Texas classrooms regarding Creationism. My kids are in public schools in Texas, grades 7 and 11 and they have NEVER been taught about creationism! They are taught evolution and teachers are NOT allowed to bring creationism up. I do not know where Perry gets his information from but God help us if he becomes presidents. Some say "send him back to Texas" but I tell you we don't want him here either!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kwame Akuffo

      then stop voting for perry to be your Governor.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      I don't vote for him.... Texas has a long history of 'stuffing' the ballot box. I am not claiming that Perry did this..... just....

      December 1, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jhawk007

    I thought Perry handled it pretty well considering that this mother was just using her son (I assume) in a premeditated manner to get in a silly tiff with the Governor as opposed to just asking him herself. When did Perry ever say that he "Doesn't beleive in science"?

    December 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adepaola

      Anybody who's going to use their kid to try to put a politician on the spot deserves a smack in the mouth. What kind of horrible parent does that? I don't like the guy much either, but I would never USE one of my children as a political tool.

      December 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • bbare89

      Well, Perry thinks that evolution is "just a theory" and there are "gaps in it" He is at least ignorant of science.

      December 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      I agree with bbare78, Perry is the man that said man made Global Warming is "nonsense" and it is "all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight" when 98% of climate scientists support man made Global Warming. He seems like a nice guy, but he is definately one ignorant fellow.

      December 1, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Yeah, the real sad part in the third video was the way the mom was triangulating her anger through her unwitting son.

      December 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      I think Perry is able to have his own beliefs. He answered it honestly and and those are the kind of qualities we should be looking for in a leader. And no one, Christians or scientists, can prove with unquestionable information how the earth was created and how long it has been here.

      December 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      John I agree, Perry can have his own opinion on things, but when he rejects principles like evolution and climate change, which are extremely strong, valid and proven theories (especially evolution), it makes me question his judgement as a political leader of a state much less a leader of our country. And I agree the age of the earth is not set in stone, however there is an abundance of evidence like decay of radioactive elements and the formation of limestone that support that earth is at least 10 billion years old. Please provide sources if you are going to make statements like that.

      December 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • neoritter

      @Bill, calls to authority (ie 98% of scientists say X) is not a logical statement. Galileo was one scientist. Was he wrong? The merit of a scientific theory is not by how many people say it's correct.

      December 2, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. Onlooker

    The first video is of a smart kid playing with a robot with limited response presets. The second video isn't really anything. The third video is a questionable parent and a mannequin fighting via a child using insinuated ad-hominem.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kyro

    To summarize the first video: "Everyone has the same civil rights" - "Gays don't" - "Well, that's because its illegal".

    December 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • K

      Bachmann was pretty pathetic. Ok "All have the same civil rights" over and over... then because it is not the Law they cannot marry? Then that is definitely NOT having the same civil rights.. BS and I am not even gay..

      December 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      I bet 50 years ago politicians were saying the same thing about the African American's civil rights. It makes me sick.

      December 1, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lukee

    Perry doesn't know what he's talking about. The theory of evolution doesn't talk about the creation of the world and the creation of species. It simply talks about change in genetic make up over time and there is more evidence for evolution than there is for photosynethesis. While nothing in science is absolute, the theory of evolution does not have gaps in it.

    December 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • s

      Show me the missing link, then. I believe in evolution, but it does have gaps, and conventional science is even starting to question it.

      December 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lukee

      That isn't evolution. I will repeat myself: evolution is simply change in genetic make up over time. For example: people have become taller over the last couple of centuries. Evolution does not talk about how humans came from monkeys. That is a whole different hypothesis. Evolution does not even talk about how we may share common ancestry with other primates. Evolution is simply change in genetic make up over time. Also, the fact that it is a theory in itself means it doesn't have gaps. Flaws, possibly, but deffinitely not gaps. Theories in science are not guesses, they are something that evidence has supported time and time again. They are above laws and hypotheses. You don't get any better than a theory in science.

      December 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      No matter your beliefs Evolution is a valid theory. Thats all there is to it. A christian can still believe in evolution because its possible that God's creations can change over time.

      December 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lukee

      I agree with you, john. You can be a scientist and a Christian. I am a biologist and a member of the Church of Christ. It just really bothers me when people compare evolution and creationism. They are two totally different things.

      December 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Um Luke are you sure you are a biologist? Biology is based directly on the theory of evolution, and is the evidence which supports that humans not only are descendants of primates but we are in the same order of them, so we are in fact as macro evolution suggests, primates. I do agree though that Creationism (which is part of religion) is totally different from Evolution (which is based on the scientific method), and there is nothing to prove that God is not guiding evolution, which is what I personally believe.

      December 1, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Primewonk

      S wrote, "Show me the missing link, then. I believe in evolution, but it does have gaps, and conventional science is even starting to question it."

      Define missing link. What gaps? What conventional science questions ToE?

      December 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. GC

    A thought experiment: Who here believes in gay marriage but not incest marriage? And if so, where's the line on that one? What example can you use against incest marriage that can't also be used against gay marriage? And to toss out an obvious argument out of the mix: not all babies born into incest are handicapped, they just have a higher percentage of being so. (On top of the fact that said handicapped child wouldn't even EXIST otherwise.)

    December 1, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • WutTheFrell

      I have no problem with incest marriage as long as ALL partners are at least 18. I don't care if its two brothers & their female 1st cousin. I believe in "You do you, I'll do me & we will all get along peacefully"

      December 1, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • GeeGee


      How about deriving examples that you can use to support straight marriage but can't also be used to support gay marriage? Your 'thought experiment' of a question is moot.

      December 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • s

      The effects would be negligible in the immediate future; however, inbreeding over the long term in horses makes them weaker, occasionally sterile, and more prone to injury. In small native tribes in Pacifica, inbreeding has led to an increase in mental illnesses. That's why you draw the line.

      December 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dsvstheworld

    Notice how Obama showed the guy who asked him his question respect, and Bachmann just lied to her girl and makes no sense.

    December 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • MichelleIsCorrect

      We all know the non-American born illegal Presidency is corrupt. He lies through his teeth. Sadly, his severe left wing sheep follow blindly into a horrid future. She on the other hand, was a pleasure to listen to in comparison.

      December 1, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      MichelleIsCorrect... You know Obama was born in Hawaii right?

      December 1, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAT

      And, Tim, you know MichelleIsCorrect is a troll, don't you?

      December 1, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Spineless Willy

    It is a funny thing about the policticians and their handlers. They are prepped and primed for the questions in a debate or a town hall, but kids don't play 'nice' or by the 'rules'. "From the mouths of babes..." really! The kids are more blue collar and real everyday americans than probably most of us. For their presumed innocence they are not stopped from asking the question where as 'we' the adults would be hurried away or tazed if we lingered to long and persisted for an answer.

    December 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. natrldiver

    Wow though Bachman is a nut she hit the nail on the head. Marriage is not a right. What I ask it to what extent are we going to push liberal interpretation of rights. Whenever someone has an issue, they scream that it is their right. Keep pushing and it will come back. Soon it will be the right for your beloved possessions to be involuntarily redistributed through involuntary appropriation because you felt that wealth redistribution is necessary. Follow that by legalization of adultery because someone may feel that they were born that way and that it is not a choice. Then because someone may feel too offended because you are obese or not appealing to their taste. Oh wait this kind of thing has already happened back in the 30s and 40s. Of course if people knew history, they would know I was talking about Nazi Germany.

    December 1, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • s

      That's weird, pretty sure Nazi Germany didn't do any of what you said, ESPECIALLY not the redistribution of wealth. If you knew history, you would know that what you're trying to talk about is the USSR. Also, adultery is legal...if you knew English, you would know that what you're trying to talk about is polygamy.

      December 1, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Primewonk

      You said that marriage is not a right. Sorry, but that is wrong.

      This is from Chief Justice Warren's writing for the unanimous ruling in Loving v. Virginia (1967) – " Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man," ".

      December 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jb1963

    The crazy lady got taken to the woodshed by a child. I'd would rather vote for the kid than Bachmann.

    December 1, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BAKBAK

    I never understand how an argument against gay marriage is to restate how the law is currently written. "Marriage is between a man and women." ummmm, ya thats the law we're talking about changing.....

    December 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Think of Marriage as a Womens fitness club

      Just like men are not allowed there, we straight people dont want you in our exclusive club either

      WHy dont you instead work on creating your own union. I would fully support you having the same rights as a marriage, but not the same NAME. I suggest Gayagge

      December 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6