Pizza Hut Wants You to Ask the Presidential Candidates about Their Favorite Pizza Toppings

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Other than a cameo made by a certain Sesame Street character, the first presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama was refreshingly light on late-night comedy laugh lines and heavy on wonkish tax policy stances. But beware: the day after the next debate we might just be talking about pizza topping preferences.

That, at least, appears to be the hope of the marketing folks at Pizza Hut. In a Tuesday press release and video ad, the company announced that it’ll give a lifetime’s supply of pizza to any debate attendee willing to do the following:

[Ask] either of the participants the age-old burning question – Sausage or Pepperoni? – during the live telecast town hall format presidential debate on Oct. 16 at Hofstra University.

If you go through with the stunt, as USA Today notes, you’ll actually just be getting a $520 Pizza Hut gift card every year for “up to 30 years.” The promotion, of course, is already getting panned as a grave insult to the democratic process. But, if you’ve got the stomach to endure ridicule for morphing a serious political debate into a product placement opportunity, you might as well collect your pies as a reward.

But the likelihood of that query being put to the candidates is slim: the only opportunity to ask such a question would be at the Oct. 16th debate, which will take the form of a town hall-style forum, and one assumes that debate organizers aren’t going to just let any old pizza fan ask the questions. The third and final debate, held at Lynn University on Oct. 22nd, will be formatted like the first round–just a moderator and the candidates. Still, Romney and Obama may want to prepare a couple zingers, just in case.

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18 comments
matildarobinson24
matildarobinson24

I like Pizza Hut, but I don't think this venue is the right place for a contest of this nature.  I think Pizza Hut can come up with other worthwhile contests that are politically centered.  I personally would love to enter such a contest where Pizza Hut gives away free pizza!


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sueb45
sueb45

This is disgusting.  If anyone asks a question at the debate about pizza toppings, I will never go to Pizza Hut again. Too far; WAY too far!

Baris Ertan
Baris Ertan

Pizza hut should rename itself to "Troll pizza"

Jeff Hirsch
Jeff Hirsch

This is what is wrong with the system. We only get 30% to vote and Pizza Hut thinks we should ask questions about pizza. Give me a break.

Dianne Thigpen
Dianne Thigpen

Seriously! Just a gimmick for free advertising for Pizza Hut....lets focus on the serious matters of our country....

Georgijus Korobkovas
Georgijus Korobkovas

And before you die your weight will be 500 pounds from such garbage food ;-)))))

Je Vi
Je Vi

"Where do you stand on labelling genetically modified organisms, specifically those used in pizza sauce?"

ProfessorPolecat
ProfessorPolecat

Wow that's three dumb articles in a row. TIME to get new "journalists."

Lloyd Cata
Lloyd Cata

More "ignorance" from the Peanut Gallery, yet I certainly must face my own for even wasting the time. Shame on me...this time!

(...that's "entertainment", folks! B-b-but I'm betting that at some point - the American People will "fail to be amused".)

Brandon Fosson
Brandon Fosson

 Hahaha!  Right on!  Pizza Hut!!!  You've gone too far!  This debate is supposed to be serious!!!!  +1 on the humor sueb45!