Kate Ward
December 27, 2011 AT 07:39 PM EST

The Republican presidential candidates have been vocal about their desire to save America, so it’s only fitting that 9-year-old Ari Garnick asked each one whose superhero tights they’d like to climb into. Meeting with the candidates during their visits to New Hampshire, the preteen — whose father is journalist and documentary producer Darren Garnick — inquired, “If you were a superhero, who would you be, and why?”

Their answers were telling, though some were a bit flawed. Mitt Romney had the most logical response, expressing a desire to be a fellow square-jawed, vanilla, and personality-challenged man, Superman. Jon Huntsman enjoyed the thought of being able to “swing from building to building” as Spider-Man, appropriate for someone who supposedly swings from one idea to another. And though former candidate Herman Cain claimed he’d most like to also be Superman, he also claimed he’s “into Kryptonite,” which I suppose explains how he managed to implode his own campaign. Of course, he would also have been much better off choosing one of these superheroes.

Watch the video after the jump to see young Ari flip-flop answering his own question, and which superheroes Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum chose. (Ron Paul, apparently, simply didn’t know how to answer the question and walked away. So… this guy?) But I buried the lede here: Rick Perry might have just admitted he’s from another planet. [The Atlantic]

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