Pete finally tells her, “You know what? I've never really done anything special my whole life. I would rather tell my kids I once ran for president, than tell them I could have, but chickened out. What do I do to get started?”
Pete replies, “I have a potential customer who may want a very large number of pizzas for an event – maybe ten thousand or more. Could the company provide that many?”
The inspector believes someone is pulling Pete's leg, but says he'll find out. “Have your guy call me.”
On debate night he brings a supersize pizza to share with the other candidates on stage, but the stage manager whips it out of sight. The moderator asks Pete only one question during the debate. The Democrats accuse the Republicans of plotting to sideline him.
Actually, the audience gives him a more favorable rating than a rookie might expect, though not enough to make him a serious contender for the Republican nomination. And public opinion polls after the debate place him sixth in the field of seven – one point ahead of a senator. His campaign committee, [the college students] propose a public rally.