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Ted Cruz’s daughter rejects his hug, and other weird moments from the Iowa caucus

The caucuses are finally here, which means the presidential campaigns are pulling out all the stops to drum up voters.


Kate Conger


Posted on Jan 31, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 7:09 am CDT

It’s showtime! The Iowa caucuses begin tomorrow, so the campaign ridiculousness of the candidates is at an all-time high. We present some of the silliest moments of the final weekend before caucuses:

1) Donald Trump defended his Twitter beefs

CBS News reporter John Dickerson asked Trump if he thought his Twitter feuds were “presidential” in an interview Sunday. In an admirable spin effort, the Republican candidate argued that his online spats are a sign of his consistency. “Well, I’m in Twitter wars before, really, I was a politician. And now I’m carrying it out,” Trump explained. 

2) Ted Cruz’s daughter proved no one likes him

Cruz went in for a hug while on the campaign trial today and his daughter responded by trying to flick him on the nose, yelling “Ow, ow, ow!” and pulling away, as Cruz glanced nervously at the cameras.

3) Trump’s sons tried to prove that they’re heartland heroes rather than Manhattan millionaires

Eric and Donald Jr. took reporters on a hunting trip in Iowa, bagging several pheasants and discussing their love for more exotic game. 

4) Bernie Sanders sung with Vampire Weekend

On Saturday, Sanders swung for the hipster vote in a sing-along with Vampire Weekend and Dirty Projectors. 

Bonus ridiculousness: No one knows how caucuses work. But they’re happening tomorrow, so here are some explainers. (Warning: It involves math.) 

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*First Published: Jan 31, 2016, 7:48 pm CST