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Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news... A Big Help.

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PETER SAGAL, host: Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news.

Luke, among all the coverage of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announcing he wouldn't run for president, we got to hear the story of an 11-year-old kid in the Garden State running for student council president at his school. And he sought Christie's advice at a town hall event on how to win elections. And Christie gave him some professional electoral advice. It was really adorable. One problem though, what then happened?

LUKE BURBANK: Was it pretend like you might run in the junior high election for years and then not do it?

SAGAL: No, no, no, no, Christie's advice was - yes, exactly, tease them. Say no with your mouth but yes with your eyes.

BURBANK: That's what he said?

PAULA POUNDSTONE: No.

SAGAL: It's not what he said.

BURBANK: Oh.

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PJ O'ROURKE: Luke, you got kind of a binary situation here, outcome wise.

BURBANK: Oh yeah, right. The kid lost.

SAGAL: Exactly.

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SAGAL: Six grader Zach Martini approached Christie at a town hall meeting...

BURBANK: Wait, a kid name Zach Martini didn't win?

SAGAL: That's his name, yeah.

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O'ROURKE: I'm voting for him for president.

BURBANK: Absolutely, Zach Martini.

SAGAL: And he asked Governor Christi for advice on running for student council. And Christie told him to gather a lot of supporters, put up colorful posters and demonize the teachers, because it's always worked for me, he said.

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SAGAL: Anyway, Martini's platform was promising 100 percent unemployment rate. Sixth graders don't actually want to work. And also a double-dip recess.

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POUNDSTONE: I ran in the sixth grade for class president and Amy Hays won. And they offered me the vice presidency which I felt was kind of throwing me a bone. I said, what are the odds of a sixth grader being assassinated?

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