Sweet Tooth Mitt Romney, Bill Clinton & More Presidential Candidates Eating Ice Cream (PHOTOS)
Ice cream may be politics’ great equalizer, with numerous candidates for public office seen scarfing down the cold treat over the decades. From Mitt Romney to both Bill and Hillary Clinton, and all the way back to George McGovern, see presidential contenders eating the icy treat.
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What better way is there for presidential candidates to show just how all-American they are than by indulging in some ice cream on the campaign trail? The beloved treat has long been known as a summer staple, but it seems to have become a political tactic as well, irrespective of party affiliation. Ice cream just may be the last remaining thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on. In honor of the
Fourth of July, we’ve compiled some of the best shots of presidential contenders having the popular sweet.
Charles Dharapak / AP Photo Romney’s Vacation Time
While enjoying some time off from the campaign trail in Wolfeboro, N.H., Republican hopeful
Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, treated themselves to some Bailey’s Bubble ice cream. In the wake of the challenges likely to emanate from the recent Supreme Court decision on health care , we’re sure Mitt can use all the ice cream he can get.
Charles Dharapak / AP Photo Gingrich’s Sweeter Side
Former House speaker and Republican presidential candidate
Newt Gingrich wasn’t afraid to take an ice-cream break with his wife, Callista, as he campaigned in Muscatine, Iowa, back in January. The then candidate stopped by Elly’s Tea and Coffee House and purchased two scoops of Moose Tracks ice cream. Apparently Newt likes the frozen treat in the winter months, too.
Saul Loeb, AFP / Getty Images Windmill Stop
There’s no better place for ice cream than a swing state, right?
President Obama enjoyed an ice-cream cone at the Windmill Ice Cream Shoppe in Aliquippa, Pa., in August 2008. Also joining Obama was Vice President Joe Biden. Luckily for Biden, it’s probably pretty hard to commit a gaffe over ice cream.
Stephan Savoia / AP Photo Ice Cream Express
John McCain and Sarah Palin prepare to board the Straight Talk Express in Concord, Ohio, during the 2008 presidential campaign, but not before making sure they have frozen dairy treats to take with them. Was there a better, more all-American way to celebrate the day's announcement that Palin would be McCain's running mate?
Elise Amendola / AP Photo Secretary of Shakes
During a 2008 campaign stop, in South Bend, Ind., Hillary Clinton hits up a local Dairy Queen. Those girls seemed to agree that a Snickers Blizzard was a good choice for the soon-to-be secretary of state.
So Many Flavors, So Little Time
Rudy Giuliani makes a stop at Sarris candy store in Canonsburg, Pa., during his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2007. With all the flavors in front of him, it no doubt was tough to decide on just one.
Charles Dharapak / AP Photo Sweet Tooth
George W. Bush unexpectedly stopped by Manning's Ice Cream in Clarks Summit, Pa., with Keystone State Rep. Don Sherwood, in 2006. Schedule or no schedule, pralines-and-cream is something that cannot be missed.
Timothy A. Clary, AFP / Getty Images Dairy King
In 2004, when Howard Dean put in his bid for the presidency, he showed citizens his all-American cred by treating himself to a fast-food favorite: Dairy Queen. Dean stopped into the popular chain in Osceola, Iowa, during his People Powered Road Trip: America at the Wheel. The trip was part of an effort to rally support for the Iowa caucus. While Dean did not receive the nomination, we’re sure he enjoyed his DQ.
Stephen Jaffe, AFP / Getty Images Gore Cools Down
Al Gore enjoyed ice cream with Ohio state Rep. Mark Mallory and Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken at Aslamesis Brothers Ice Cream. Gore paid the Cincinnati-ice cream shop a visit in 2000, as he campaigned on a theme of “Progress and Prosperity.” As Gore keeps warning us that the planet is warming, perhaps he has a new solution: eat more frozen treats!
Tim Clary, AFP / Getty Images Running Mates Snack Together
Apparently, Gore really likes his ice cream: he and former President
Bill Clinton enjoyed ice-cream cones as the duo campaigned in 1992. During the last day of their third bus tour, they stopped in at a My Favorite shop to cool off on a hot August day in Buffalo.
Elise Amendola / AP Photo A Bite for America
While campaigning in Milwaukee in 1988, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis took a big bite out of an ice-cream cone following a speech at Marquette University. Students accompanied the governor to a local ice-cream parlor.
George McGovern and Wendell Anderson
After Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern and Minnesota Gov. Wendell Anderson departed from Farmfest U.S.A. to Minneapolis, the duo stopped for an ice-cream break. Dairy Queen proprietor Wallace Jenkins joined the politicians as they campaigned in 1972.