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AP - Obama Takes Questions From 5-Year-Old

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Location: Durham, NC

AP - Obama Takes Questions From 5-Year-Old

Mike Baker

Here's one way to get a presidential candidate to change his mind: If you're a 5-year-old, shed a few tears.

That's how Hadassah Jones, of Durham, got Barack Obama to answer questions Thursday after the campaign initially denied such requests from reporters.

Crouching to the ground after a rally with 4,000 supporters, Obama briefly outlined for Hadassah his plan to provide health insurance for everyone and to improve schools. He also suggested to the first-grader that wealthier people should help those who are less fortunate.

"We've got to make sure that people who have more money help the people who have less money," Obama said. "If you had a whole pizza, and your friend had no pizza, would you give him a slice?"

Hadassah, a correspondent for, said after the interview that Obama "had great answers. And I had a great time meeting him."

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