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Pizza Hut Attack Ad against Hillary Clinton (1999)

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Published on Jun 24, 2014

A political food fight has broken out in the US over a Pizza Hut television commercial which pokes fun at First Lady Hillary Clinton because of her as yet undeclared New York Senate aspirations.

She has never lived or worked in the city, but Pizza Hut plays up her apparent love of "all things New York" in its commercial to help sell its new pizza.

The advert comes as she prepares for a possible run for the Senate seat of New York next year.

However her political team was less than amused at the ad and has complained about a connection between the commercial and her likely rival for the Senate seat, Rudolph Giuliani.

One of Mr Giuliani's campaign backers is on the board of Pizza Hut's parent company.

Democrats allege that the commercial is an illegal contribution.

In the advert - scheduled to air for the first time during Saturday's World Series baseball match in New York - a blonde woman in a business suit and with a heavy Southern accent sings the praises of Pizza Hut's "Big New Yorker" pizza. She eats a slice of the pizza on a bunting-decked platform with skyscrapers in the background.

The mysterious blonde drawls: "How do I know so much about New York pizza? 'Cause New York, I want to be your next senator!"

At the end of the commercial, a police officer with a New York City accent adds: "$9.99! What do they think this is, Arkansas?"

October 23, 1999

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