Oh boy. And the segments will be “humorous”.

OBAMA AND ROMNEY TO APPEAR IN OPENING SEGMENT OF THE ‘2012 CMT MUSIC AWARDS’ TONIGHT AT 8 P.M. ET/7 P.M. CT

NASHVILLE – June 6, 2012 – Political rivals, incumbent President Barack Obama and Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney will appear in a comedic opening segment of the CMT MUSIC AWARDS, hosted by Toby Keith and Kristen Bell, premiering live tonight, Wednesday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on CMT and CMT.com.

Political candidates have made appearances on the CMT MUSIC AWARDS in the past. In 2008, Republican presidential candidate John McCain, and Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama all taped cameos as a part of the show’s open. With this year’s Presidential race in full swing, both Obama and Romney immediately accepted the offer to appear on CMT.

“The President and Governor Romney each understand the reach of the CMT audience, particularly on our highest-rated night of the year,” said Brian Philips, President, CMT. “They’re each great sports, they’re ‘in on the joke’, and they each went out of their way to deliver great moments for CMT. Tune in at the top of the show or you’ll miss them!”

 
  • Anonymous

    Must politics soil everything!

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure the millions of unemployed will be amused.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    A serious discussion of Ronnie Dunn’s Cost of Livin’ is the only thing I want to see Presidential candidates do on the CMT Music Awards.

  • Kylee

    I was hoping the CMT awards would be one place they would leave politics out of.

  • BonnieDee

    Two words:  Bathroom Break.

  • Anonymous

    Egh…If they want to show support for Country music by agreeing to do a humorous (and hopefully self-deprecating) skit, I don’t see the big deal, especially if it increases ratings. They’re supposed to support all groups within reason, not just the unemployed.  And for those people who make their livelihood in the entertainment industry, gestures like these actually matter. I can think of a lot of other things to get worked up about…there’s really no shortage.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    No where in the Constitution does it say there must be a separation between government and show biz.   This not that much different than appearing on the nighttime shows.   Pretty sure this audience already watches the Debates, so this is not a big stretch!

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    One or both of them will get booed and it will turn into a national news-worthy incident.

  • Tess

    I didn’t have a clue, until now, that being politically active and holding a political position via votes, means that you have to give up all rights as a human being including but not limited to entertainment vehicles, sporting events, hobbies, or just out and out relaxing and taking a vacation.  I guess if you are a politician that should be your only activity 24/7 for the duration of your tenure…with no regards to any personal interests or the “fun” of being a typical person for a moment or two.

    Isn’t politics a job….not a calling.  These guys aren’t “holy” vessels that are above the baseline of normal human activity.  Personally, I love it when you get to see the guy behind the “party politics” just like I love to see a Priest, Rabbi or Minister bat one out of the ballpark during a Saturday afternoon pick-up game.

  • Axxxel

    Ok… next…  :-(

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    I want them to do a sing off.

  • Anonymous

    I’m assuming the Obama bit is taped, since he is in L.A. today

  • pj

    Perhaps Romney will revisit his “cheesy” grits comment to appeal to the country music audience.  It wasn’t a joke, but it became one down here.  That said, I have no issues with this.  I like it when politicians try to show they are somewhat human, even if they sometimes fall flat on their faces.  Ok. Mostly when they fall flat on their faces.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    How to make country music and a Country Awards even mroe boring? Simple, put two presidential candidates there.

  • guinness 416

    I’d bet it’s more likely that one of the performers/winners will make some stupid and cringeworthy political statement to make their own press.

  • http://twitter.com/nancy2heart nancy

    … and it’s more than likely that HALF the nation will hate one’s performance and love the other’s, and vice versa.  Neither one will win new supporters, so they may as well just have fun, and nothing more.

  • Anonymous

    Ita they should have lives and interests outside of office, but they are there for political reasons, not personal ones. And with so many people struggling it doesn’t seem appropriate to me. I don’t think politicians should mix with pop culture. Jmo. but times have changed.

  • Anonymous

    Totally agree.  I don’t like mixing my politicians with pop culture, especially in an election year when I want to escape them.  They are like lice – just everywhere.  (Umma little aggravated because I got my first robo-call on my cell phone yesterday.)

  • Anonymous

    Politics is pop culture. The decisions made (or not made) by politicians help set up the social narratives for media memes. Celebrities show up at state dinners and awards events, sharing their opinions.

    And the fact that “people are struggling” means that politicians should do more to connect, not less, IMO.

    That said, I didn’t bother watching the segment or the show.  I figured it will be on Youtube eventually.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I’m not sure I can get on board with politicians schmoozing with celebrities.  jmo. “Pop culture is politics”, wow, that’s scary.

  • Anonymous

    ha ha I’ve had many robo calls!  lol…  My kids are even telling me about the ones they’ve received, lol…

  • Anonymous

    yep!!