Others could be mistaken for lines from a stump speech.
"Their reality is constant worry about retirement, college, housing and even putting food on the table every night," Zach said as Romney.
"They came up with responses that were reflective of what the candidate would really have done," Tweedy said.
And they went beyond ideology. Al wore a blue tie, peppered his speech with "uh" to imitate the president's speech patterns and practiced his "president walk."
"I think Obama was born with the walk," he said. "But I worked on it."
Something about the act of imitating the politicians, the students said, brought them closer to the process than just evaluating them.
Back in the sixth grade, Sam thought that politics were simple, that there was a right answer and a wrong answer and that a voter just had to be smart enough to decide which was which.
Now he knows better.
"It's just so complicated," Sam said. "There's more details than I thought, and when you look at all the topics and have to decide - it's really hard."
And what they found even harder was realizing that they couldn't always defer to their parents' political views because they don't always agree with them (they declined to talk about this in detail, for fear of retribution at home).
And now they realize that while it might be OK to pick a favorite based on the tenor of a politician's voice or the pattern of his tie, they'll be able to vote in the next presidential election.
Their opinions will really matter then.
"It took, like, three weeks for us to do a seventh-grade election," Chase said. "Can you imagine if it was the whole country?"