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Miami kids hit the trail to document the campaign

They're too young to vote and too old for the candidates to kiss, so what are three Miami children doing on the wintry presidential campaign trail?

They're making a documentary on presidential politics and getting the kind of access other reporters might envy.

Vice President Al Gore knelt in the snow to answer their questions, then ignored the rest of the national media. George W. Bush invited them to the governor's mansion in Texas for an exclusive interview.

The documentary for HBO Family TV will be released in the fall.

Chaille Stovall, 11, does the interviews; Zach Skipp, 11, is the cameraman; and Ellie Ferrell, 10, handles the sound duties. Colleen Stovall serves as chauffeur, teacher, media handler and on-the-road mom.

The kids have filmed John McCain and on Sunday waylaid GOP hopeful Alan Keyes on his way to church. They are angling for interviews with Steve Forbes, Gary Bauer and Democrat Bill Bradley.

They don't shy away from tough questions.

Chaille asked Keyes what he would do to protect other religions if he were elected president. Keyes said he would respect constitutional rights to religious freedom. "I think it was a good answer, but I don't remember what he said at the end," Chaille said. "I'll hear it later when we review and edit the film."

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