Governors make college bowl bet to help feed the hungry

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 9:56am

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


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