Over the weekend, I received an email invitation from the Romney campaign to win a chance to fly with Tim Pawlenty to this week's GOP presidential debate for only three dollars. I know the economy is bad, and the campaigns are desperate for money, but this is ridiculous.
The following is my open response to Jason McBride, the New Hampshire State Director for the Romney campaign, and below that, the invitation itself:
Dear Mr. McBride,
The thought of being cooped up on a plane with Tim Pawlenty, no matter how brief the flight, is something you couldn't pay ME to do. I would, therefore, sooner tear up three one dollar bills and throw them out of my 10th floor window, watching them flutter to the street, rather than vie for this "opportunity." If you're really serious about winning the nomination, let alone the election, you might want to rethink this one. On the other hand, it's genuinely hilarious that a ride with Pawlenty is only worth $3.00. You've got my vote for honesty, at least.
P.S. Does the price go down after midnight???
You've got until midnight to enter for a chance to meet Governor Tim Pawlenty and experience debate night at campaign headquarters.
Donate $3 before MIDNIGHT to enter for the chance to fly out and join us with Governor Pawlenty in New Hampshire and watch the debate with Team Romney in Boston.
One lucky winner will be announced via email, so stay tuned.
Thanks and good luck.
New Hampshire State Director
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