Governors make college bowl bet to help feed the hungry
January 1st, 2014
08:33 AM ET
8 years ago

Governors make college bowl bet to help feed the hungry

(CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad have a lot riding on Wednesday's Outback Bowl between college football's University of Iowa Hawkeyes and the Louisiana State University Tigers.

The two Republican governors have made a friendly wager aimed at helping feed the hungry in Iowa and Louisiana.

If the Tigers win the bowl game, which is being played in Tampa, Florida, Branstad will donate 100 pounds of Iowa pork to a Louisiana food bank and another 100 pounds to an Iowa food bank.

But if the Hawkeyes come out on top, Jindal will donate 100 pounds of Louisiana seafood to an Iowa food bank and another 100 pounds to a Louisiana food bank.

"In the spirit of friendly competition, I’m pleased to join Governor Jindal in this friendly wager which aims to help feed the less fortunate in our states," said Branstad in a statement.

"I am looking forward to a great game between the Tigers and the Hawkeyes, and I am thrilled to make this friendly wager with Governor Branstad to benefit the hungry in both states," added Jindal.

While the bet is all about helping the hungry, for Jindal it may also pay off in another unintended way.

The two-term governor is considered a possible contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, so it probably doesn't hurt to have his name in the news in Iowa, the state which traditionally kicks off the presidential caucus and primary calendar. Some of the state's leading newspapers and television news broadcasts made mention of the wager.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story

Filed under: 2016 • Bobby Jindal • Iowa • Louisiana • Terry Branstad
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. rs

    Maybe instead of sweating bowl games, Republican Governors should commit to funding higher education in their states.

    January 1, 2014 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Do these animals know as to what is hungry? I staunchly doubt–if they knew, they would pass extension to jobless benefit–to many and pass "JOBS BILL" and do INFRASTRUCTURE at home, not wars.

    January 1, 2014 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    I was hoping Bobby would come out and support free speech for Melissa Harris Perry.

    January 1, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. Lizzie

    rs, "higher education" , do all the democratic northern Govenors spend money on HIGHER education.

    January 1, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. Anonymous

    "While the bet is all about helping the hungry, for Jindal it may also pay off in another unintended way."

    Oh, you mean like getting his name printed in Iowa as someone who really cares about other people beyond Jindal's own self interests?

    The first step for Jindal to grasp if he is indeed running for President is to learn to understand the good people of our midwestern states. Unlike their southern counterparts, the people of - oh, let us say - Iowa are on average ten steps ahead of wannabe candidates such as Louisiana's Bobby Jindal. I don't think Terry Branstad is quite the right man to teach Jindal how to talk midwestern to a middle of the road audience.

    January 1, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Enough is Enough

    Wow – the usual progressive suspects arrive to fault something good....what a shock.

    January 1, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Buckeye Jim

    1. Pick a crime you want to commit.
    2. Found a religion that mandates that action.
    3. Claim you are exempt from all laws banning that crime.

    January 1, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |