What Did the Presidential Candidates Eat at the 2015 Iowa State Fair?

Some of the presidential candidates ate crazy foods at this year’s fair
Candidates Eat at Iowa State Fair

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Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, ate a corn dog at the Iowa State Fair back in 2011.

The annual Iowa State Fair kicked off August 13, and presidential candidates graced fairgoers with their presences to celebrate the festivities. Presidential candidates traditionally make an appearance at the fair to win voters in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

This year’s fair featured rides, agriculture and livestock exhibitions, art shows, a life-sized cow made out of 600 pounds of butter, and — of course — fried foods galore, such as deep-fried nacho balls, fried peanut butter and jelly on a stick, and pumpkin spice funnel cake.

Candidates have been coming here for decades — but what did they eat this year?

  • Donald Trump, current frontrunner of the Republican nomination polls, ate one of the state fair’s most famous foods: pork chop on a stick. As did Hillary Clinton, current Democrat frontrunner.
  • Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, broke his paleo diet to eat a deep-fried Snickers bar.
  • Bush also went for the pork chop on a stick; he was joined by Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa. Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley ate one as well.
  • Dr. Ben Carson, Republican candidate, chomped on a slice of pizza.

The pork chop on a stick made the list of healthier food choices at the fair, but we wonder how many candidates also indulged in a deep-fried treat.

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