Friday, October 12, 2012 , Updated 10:21 a.m., October 12, 2012
UPDATED: Don’t ask presidential candidates about pizza preferences anymore
Plano-based company Pizza Hut will pose the question online instead.
PLANO Plano-based Pizza Hut has backpedaled on its original idea to have an attendee of the presidential debates ask President Barack Obama or Governor Mitt Romney on Tuesday: “pepperoni or sausage?” Instead, they’re taking the debate online, where interested parties can duke it out virtually.
Sounds like a lot less fun. And a lot more appropriate.
"This got so much attention and interest and excitement from people: Let’s take this to an online debate and take the free pizza offer to a broader audience," said Doug Terfehr, spokesperson for Pizza Hut.
Pizza Hut's decision to take the discussion online didn't have anything to do with the negative criticism, said Terfehr. "This, for us, was truly just the natural progression of the campaign as it got more attention," he said.
Of the people who participate in Pizza Hut's online vote, one will be randomly selected to receive pizza for life. Originally, that prize was going to be bestowed upon the gutsy debate attendee who asked the question to the presidential candidates on live TV.
Logging onto The Pizza Party online requires that you give your email address, name, birthdate, and agree to their terms if you do not already have a Pizza Hut online account.
What happens if someone still asks "pepperoni or sausage?" during the presidential debates? "We’ll still honor [free pizza for life] in case it does [happen]," Terfehr said, "but we’re encouraging that discussion to happen on our website."
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