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David Jackson, USA TODAY

President Obama revealed some of his most embarrassing moments to a special group of questioners: children.

"Running into the wall is par for the course for me," Obama said during the taping of a Nickelodeon special, Kids Pick the President: The Candidates. "I'm running into doors and desks all the time."

Nickelodeon reports that the children also asked Obama about gun control, jobs, illegal immigration, same-sex marriage, outsourcing, bullying and obesity -- and lighter questions about his most embarrassing moment and if he has ever had his heart broken.

To the latter query, Obama said: "That happened to me -- I think the main thing you learn is that life goes on."

The Nickelodeon special premieres Monday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. ET.

The show offers young viewers a chance to "vote" in the presidential race, and Obama has to be considered the favorite -- Romney did not participate in the Nickelodeon program, citing scheduling conflicts.

"By answering kids' questions directly, candidates show respect for kids," said host Linda Ellerbee. "We are disappointed that Mitt Romney wouldn't take the time to answer the questions, but are thrilled that President Obama participated in the special."

From Nickelodeon:

"Every four years, Nickelodeon provides kids with the rare opportunity to have the U.S. presidential candidates answer their questions in the Nick News with Linda Ellerbee special, "Kids Pick the President: The Candidates," premiering Monday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

"Following the special, kids have the opportunity to vote for the man they think should be the next president. The 'Kids' Vote' is a bellwether poll because in five of the last six presidential elections, kids have correctly picked the winner several weeks before the adults have voted.

"Nick News traveled around the country videotaping kids asking the candidates questions. This year's special features President Barack Obama who sat down with Nick News at the White House to answer kids' questions.

"After numerous attempts by Nick News to get former Governor Mitt Romney to participate in the special, his camp declined saying he was unable to fit it into his schedule. The special features previously taped video clips of Romney addressing some of the issues raised in the questions as well as bios of both candidates."

USA TODAY

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