Monday, 13 October 2008

Final Presidential Debate Sponsored by A-B

Drudge is reporting that the final presidential debate of the campaign season will be sponsored by Anheuser-Busch. No link yet, but I'll update this post when more information is available:

What better way for them to shore up their credentials as an American beer before the InBev acquisition goes through? "This presidential debate has been brought to you by beer..."

UPDATE: Here's the story:

By far the most prominent backer is Anheuser-Busch, a debate sponsor since 1992. Not only does the beer company donate directly to the commission, but it also sponsors a hospitality tent at each debate, where members of the news media and others who are working can receive free food, beer and other refreshments.

“We hope our hospitality area will provide a welcome opportunity to relax with some great food and ice-cold beverages,” said an Anheuser-Busch invitation to the tent. “If you’re looking for a little entertainment, you’ll be able to watch some of our latest television spots and enter a drawing for a chance to win a Budweiser fire pit, perfect for outdoor gatherings this fall.”
Of course there are whiners:
“We are very concerned,” said George Farah, executive director at Open Debates, a nonpartisan group critical of the commission. “We don’t think that this most sacred forum should be brought to you by Anheuser-Busch.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well, Obama was in attendance, so I guess it literally was a sacred forum.