TODAY | November 06, 2012
>>> stranger to the hustle and bustle of campaigning. we'll talk to her about her experience as a candidate's daughter and this time she hit the trail as a reporter.
>> not the real campaign trail. the non-stop campaigning has come to an end and we decided to how all things american politics trickled down to what's not in the spotlight. we went to the future politicians to get the answers.
>> hold on a second.
>> mr. president, i'm still speaking.
>> reporter: in this election of contentious debates.
>> you're wrong, mr. president.
>> no, i'm not.
>> reporter: stump speeches.
>> we'll finish what we started.
>> we're taking back this country.
>> reporter: and constant campaigning we decided to go straight to the source, the political hot bed of, well, middle school . eighth graders maliki and tyler holder this fall hitting the trail.
>> it was a lot of pressure because everyone wanted to have that position, so it was like we were fighting for it.
>> reporter: and after a grueling campaign these two newly elected officials worked to deliver the changes they promised. good school lunches.
>> reporter: school trips.
>> reporter: a lot of homework.
>> yeah, against.
>> reporter: school dances?
>> i am honored and privileged to address you today.
>> reporter: just like other politicians.
>> to be the best should be our ambition.
>> reporter: this duo set the bar high.
>> academically and the way the school looks and maybe more events for little kids, maybe more trips.
>> i like pbs, i love big bird .
>> reporter: with big bird taking a surprise guest starring role in this year's presidential election , we headed to the land of the true " sesame street " vote police zimmer's first grade class at watson elementary. election day is coming and we know all about it don't forget to cast your vote we want to hear your voice
>> reporter: a hot button issue.
>> you get to fill out your ballots.
>> reporter: ten extra minutes of recess versus one night of no homework.
>> it was a nail baiter and then pure elation.
>> no homework.
>> the celebration and some disappointment when the majority ruled. no homework.
>> reporter: next week we traveled to the city of the founding fathers , the homeland of our constitution where students resorted to some sweet incentives to persuade kids to vote.
>> it's just us trying to outdo each other, like if you bring in cupcakes today i'm going to bring in like bigger cup takes tomorrow.
>> reporter: like leaders before them, these students take their roles seriously.
>> i want to be that guy that you just walk up to in the hallway and i say i need help. sure, man. let meet later, i'll talk to the teachers or something.
>> reporter: the academy at columbo high school set up a mock election .
>> the idea of taking something that politics is for adults, for people who are older and trying to change that idea. they are for everybody.
>> i have a choice and i get to tell people who i want to vote for.
>> reporter: when you turn 18, do you plan on voteing?
>> i tell my students that as they get older and they don't vote that when i'm a very old man and i pass on, that i will come back and haunt them.
>> reporter: just hours after their own inauguration, the new leaders shed light on what they have learned from those who came before them.
>> martin luther king , obama, people like that maybe can give you an idea that you can run. don't quit and just strive for your goals.
>> reporter: these kids spoke about the importance of voting and their excitement of turning 18. and since the youth vote the least represented group, it's really important that schools start teaching this habit and this right early.
>> yeah. i'm happy to see