This weekend, the eyes of the American political system will be on the college football game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones.
That’s because the annual Cy-Hawk rivalry game will be attended by a slew of Republican candidates for President of the United States, including former President Donald Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and Vivek Ramaswamy.
It’s unlikely the foursome will interact with one another, but it should make for a very interesting scene at what was already expected to be an interesting football game.
Republican Presidential candidates Ron DeSantis, Donald Trump, Asa Hutchinson & Vivek Ramaswamy all plan to attend Saturday's Iowa at Iowa State game
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 7, 2023
When asked who he would be rooting for, DeSantis said that he’ll be hanging out with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, who attended Iowa State, so he’s going to be respectful.
“I’m planning on linking up with (Reynolds), who’s … an Iowa State grad. So you’re not going to find me saying anything negative about Iowa State. Let’s just put it that way,” he told KCCI.
Trump also attended the game in 2015 when he was running for President last time. He ended up finishing in a surprising second place to Ted Cruz which would begin his rise to the Presidency.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz is thrilled that so many major politicians will be on hand for the game.
“Great,” Ferentz said. “There will be about 60,000 other people, too. That’s great … I mean it’s, you know, election year in Iowa.”
The news that Trump, DeSantis, Hutchinson, and Ramaswamy will all attend the Iowa-ISU game garnered a lot of fun reactions from the college football world.
my god this will be the super bowl of the soft bias of low expectations https://t.co/X8Gkj4TOh8
— Doug Farrar ✍ (@NFL_DougFarrar) September 7, 2023
Weird location choice for this year’s Republican National Convention https://t.co/sGyEwEjCHD
— Pregame Empire (@PregameEmpire) September 7, 2023
Maybe this will make them not want to run for president https://t.co/cin1GDQLfA
— Lucy Rohden (@lucy_rohden) September 7, 2023
Most Cursed game of beer pong. https://t.co/fcaUiK29SO
— 𝑮𝑨𝑻𝑶𝑹 (@TheGatorGamer) September 7, 2023
Make them do a Dr Pepper Challenge instead of a primary debate https://t.co/xYLGspYGQq
— Matt Scalici (@MattScalici) September 7, 2023
And Kirk Ferentz will still be the most conservative person in the stadium. https://t.co/ACAXMB38J6
— Small-Town Felts (PAIN) (@Zhawk44) September 7, 2023