Through the Years: White House Hopefuls Stop at Iowa State Fair

Over twenty 2020 White House hopefuls ditched their diets among the battered and deep-fried offerings from the Iowa State Fair — a traditional pit-stop for candidates on the presidential campaign trail. See them and the candidates in past years that have stopped for beer and pork chops on a stick on their way to the White House.

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Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, rides the Giant Slide during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 13, 2019.
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders munches on a corn dog as he walks around the Iowa State Fair Aug. 11, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. Twenty-two of the 23 politicians seeking the Democratic Party presidential nomination will be visiting the fair this week, six months ahead of the all-important Iowa caucuses.
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Senator Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Colorado and 2020 presidential candidate, rides a hanglider amusement ride with his daughters during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. The 2020 Democratic field is gathering in Iowa for the showcase Iowa State Fair, a chance for candidates to meet with voters in the first primary contest of the presidential campaign -- and eat fattening food and view butter sculptures.
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Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City and 2020 presidential candidate, holds a corn dog during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. De Blasio's campaign reported raising $1.1 million, putting him in 21st place among active Democratic candidates.
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Democratic 2020 presidential hopeful and billionaire activist Tom Steyer drinks as he walks through the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 11, 2019.
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Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld eats a turkey leg as he walks through the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 11, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey and 2020 presidential candidate, laughs as he rides the Ferris Wheel during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. The 2020 Democratic field is gathering in Iowa for the showcase Iowa State Fair, a chance for candidates to meet with voters in the first primary contest of the presidential campaign -- and eat fattening food and view butter sculptures.
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Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren visits the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Julián Castro, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, holds his son Cristian while walking through a barn of cows at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Castro is close to qualifying for the next debates, after the Democratic National Committee increased the minimum requirements to be eligible.
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Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California and 2020 presidential candidate, center, moves a pork chop while grilling in the Iowa Pork Producers tent during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Harris said she is prepared, if elected, to take executive action on gun measures if Congress doesn't.
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Andrew Yang, founder of Venture for America and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, distributes lemonade during a visit at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Tech entrepreneur Yang has become the ninth Democrat to qualify for the next round of presidential primary debates, with several other prominent candidates still on the outside looking in.
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Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand eats a piece of meat as she visits the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Representative Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Ohio and 2020 presidential candidate, combines two root beer floats during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. The 2020 Democratic field is gathering in Iowa for the showcase Iowa State Fair, a chance for candidates to meet with voters in the first primary contest of the presidential campaign -- and eat fattening food and view butter sculptures.
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Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Rep. John Delaney flips pork at the Pork Tent at the Iowa State Fair on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.
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Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, eats a pork chop on a stick at the Iowa Pork Producers Association stand as they tour the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 14, 2015.
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Former Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson, right, eats a slice of pizza while touring the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 16, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Former Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie samples fried peanut butter and jelly during a visit to the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 22, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, eats a pork chop at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 21, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina eats a bowl of corn during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Former Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., takes a bite out of a pork chop at the Iowa Pork Producers Association site at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 17, 2015.
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Former Republican presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee samples a pork chop while visiting the Iowa Port Tent at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 13, 2015, in Des Moines.
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Former Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich eats a pork chop while visiting the Iowa Pork Producers Pork Tent during the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 18, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Former Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry flips pork chops at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 19, 2015.
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Former Republican presidential candidate and Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., bites into a pork burger as Duane Dreager, left, looks on at the Iowa Pork Producers Pork Tent during the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 18, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Senator Bernie Sanders, former 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and current 2020 presidential candidate, takes a drink of root beer on the Grand Ave. concourse after speaking at the Iowa State Fair Soapbox in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 15, 2015.
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Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum mans the grill as he cooks pork chops at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015.
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Republican presidential candidate and eventual President Donald Trump eats a pork chop on a stick while campaigning the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 15, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Former Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker eats a pork chop while working the grill at the Iowa Pork Producers tent during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 17, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Former Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., holds up a corn dog as she campaigns at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 12, 2011.
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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista grill pork chops as they visited the Iowa Pork Producers tent during a campaign stop at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 12, 2011.
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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney eats a pork chop on a stick at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 11, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Former Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry eats a veggie corn dog with his wife Anita, right, as he visits the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 15, 2011.
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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, R-N.Y., cooks pork with former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack, center, and his wife Christie at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 15, 2007, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Former Republican Presidential Candidate and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani bites into a pretzel at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 15, 2007, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Former Republican Presidential hopeful and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, left, and his wife Janet, eat pork chops on a stick, Aug. 10, 2007, at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., eats a pork chop on a stick during a campaign stop with wife Cindy McCain at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 8, 2008, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Democratic presidential candidate and eventual president Barack Obama enjoys a corn dog and lemonade during a tour of the Iowa State Fair with his family, in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 16, 2007.
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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and his wife Ann, flip pork chops in the Iowa Pork Producers tent at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 10, 2007.
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Former Texas Governor and eventual President George W. Bush chomps on an ear of corn at a political rally and fund raiser, June 12, 1999, at the State Fair grounds in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Former Vice President Al Gore serves patrons for a day at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 12, 1999, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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