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Why Candidates And Corn Dogs Don't Mix

If there's any lesson to be learned from the Iowa State Fair, it's this: Candidates should avoid corn dogs at all costs.

By Elizabeth Hagedorn | August 14, 2015

The Iowa State Fair. It’s a glorious thing. 

Nevermind the hog calling contest …   

Or the cow sculpture carved solely from butter ... 

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The real attraction is the selection of foods available for consumption on a stick. (Video via IPTV

There’s chicken on a stick. 

Pork chop on a stick. 

Deep-fried butter on a stick. 

These dishes — while delectable —  never fail to produce a whole lot of unflattering photo ops for the presidential hopefuls who descend on the Iowa State Fair each year. 

Though, to be fair, these politicians are in a horrible position. We ask for them to be regular folks — regular folks who will chow down on a foot-long corn dog. And yet, we demand they do it with some semblance of dignity. 

And let’s face it. You can’t eat a foot-long corn dog in a civilized way. You just can’t.  

So note to the 2016 candidates: If you plan to eat anything that’s deep fried and served on a stick, keep it at arm's length when in front of the cameras.

Or, might we suggest instead, choosing the slightly more manageable, bite-sized cheese curds. 

This video includes images from Getty Images and music from Bensound / CC BY ND 3.0. 

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