Everything Past Presidential Candidates Have Done (and Eaten!) to Court Voters at the Iowa State Fair

The only thing that outnumbers fried foods at the fair? Political candidates. And here, they're willing to do all sorts of things – from befriending butter sculptures to scarfing down corn dogs – to win over admirers

THADDEUS MCCOTTER

Republican hopeful McCotter stood on Iowa's version of a political platform – a bale of hay – to address voters. Sadly for him, his speech didn't manage to secure him the nomination: He ducked out of the race early after a scandal erupted over the validity of his petition signatures.