Update 10/13: According to AdAge, Pizza Hut is backtracking on the whole ask-a-question-at-the-debate-thing. It's probably due to feedback like--just an example--Gawker, who called it a "mockery of the American democratic system." And AP, who said it will pretty much ruin everything ever. Pizza Hut isn't, however, canceling the whole shebang. They're moving it online, reports AdAge.
President Obama and Mitt Romey will square off for their second debate on October 16 at Hofstra University in New York. It's a town hall meeting format-thing, which likely means slung jackets and awkward, aimless candidate-walking. The debate is set to cover foreign policy, domestic policy and, if Pizza Hut has anything to do with it, toppings policy.
Here's Pizza Hut's challenge to you; it's a philosophical quandary of the highest order, really. They'd like you, John or Jane Q. Debate Attendee, to stand up and ask either Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama: dude, dude, do you like sausage or pepperoni? (They will, apparently, accept "pepperoni or sausage") Says the press release:
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We recognize there are a lot of serious issues to be debated, but we also know a lot less serious - but no less important - ones are being discussed every night inside houses across the country," said Kurt Kane, CMO, Pizza Hut. "So for the candidates to be able to show that they're in tune with all the issues, we felt a pizza-related question on behalf of The Pizza Party was very appropriate for a town hall debate."
If an official attendee does so, during the live telecast, Pizza Hut will offer that person "free pizza for life" (which is good because I probably don't want pizza in the after-life. And, let's be honest, if I did want pizza, it'd probably be a burnt ends thing from Cane Rosso. I mean, how would the pizza even get to the after-life? Or is it already there because Pizza Hut killed it back in '09, when it stuffed a llama in the crust? I'm so confused.)
Anyway, now there's another reason to watch the debate: to see if some frightened soul stands up, and in a booming, Henry Clay-like voice, asks the Big Question. Or, more interestingly, to see if a person in a moment of sweaty fear, suddenly belts "SAUSAGE OR PEPPERONI?"
Either way, let's not waste time. It's not like Jim Lehrer is moderating.