Middle School Students Sing About Voting – to T.I.'s Tune

updated 10/30/2008 at 11:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/30/2008 12:05PM



They're not even old enough to vote – but that doesn't mean they can't be engaged in the political process and have some fun, too.

Middle school students from the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta have scored a viral hit with their musical, non-partisan examination of the presidential candidates, "You Can Vote However You Like."

Set to the tune of rapper T.I.'s hit "Whatever You Like," the 6th and 7th graders square off, taking the positions of John McCain and Barack Obama supporters.

From the left, the pro-Obama students rap: "McCain and Bush are just the same/ You are to blame/ Iraq's a shame / Four more years would be insane." And the McCain supporters on the right counter: The conservative right/ Our future is bright/ Better economy in site/ And all the world will feel our military might."

So, what inspired them?

"We do debates within our classrooms," one student, Willie Thornton, said during a recent CNN interview (watch it below). "We try to incorporate those debates into our music and songs," which, he adds, are not meant to endorse a particular political point of view.

Said Thornton: "It doesn't necessarily show you which party to vote for but it gives you the good and bad of both parties."

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