UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
BRYAN -- Even though the presidential election is more than a year away, the C-SPAN campaign tour bus has already hit the road and today the bus made a stop in Bryan-College Station, giving students the chance to hop on and learn more about the candidates.
Candidates aren't the only ones hitting the road before next year's presidential election, C-SPAN is too, in their "Road to the White House" campaign bus.
"The bus catches people's eyes when they see the it coming down the road. They definitely recognize it and we hope that students, teachers, and the public as a whole definitely take us into consideration as a resource," said Chris DeManche, a C-SPAN representative.
A resource that students at A&M Consolidated and Bryan High got to take advantage of today while they watched candidate videos and read biography information about each on touch-screen computers and laptops.
"I've been out here twice. Once with my government class and once with my history class and I learned more hearing it over and over so it's really good that they let us do this," said Mikayla Steinkamp.
The C-SPAN tour bus gives students an interactive way to learn about all of the candidates and their political stances.
"The visit definitely opens their eyes to the idea of going to vote and learning about the candidates," said DeManche.
For students like Emma Raleigh, who will vote next year for the first time, learning more about the candidates now is extremely important.
"I really want to be really informed by the time the election comes around. I don't want to just vote for who my parents vote for or some of my friends will be able to vote too. I don't just want to ask them who they're voting for and go by that," said Raleigh.
And Mikayla Steinkamp agrees.
"Kids our age are the future of America so you want to get us started early knowing the politics, knowing what we want for our government and who we want to vote for. I think it's a great opportunity."