Kids Pick the President is a series of 'campaign' specials produced by the Nickelodeon TV network, organized around a mock election to determine children's choice for the President of the United States. The specials began in 1988 as part of a yearly 'Kids Vote' election-related coverage, in part as a way to encourage children in Nickelodeon's audience to become engaged in the political process, and partly for comedic value. The 1992 election was sponsored by Target Corporation, and promoted by newspaper advertisements. Children voted in-person at Target's stores, which were used as polling stations. In the 1996 election, conducted by televote, children picked Bill Clinton over Bob Dole and Ross Perot. In the 2000 poll, 400,000 people participated via an 800 number. Both Al Gore and George W Bush made campaign appearances at the Nickelodeon studios.
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