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In 1976 Gerald Ford attempted to eat a wrapped tamal at a presidential campaign stop in San Antonio, which some people believe cost him the state of Texas. It is known as the Great Tamale Incident.

How a Plate of Tamales May Have Crushed Gerald Ford’s 1976 Presidential Campaign

Food on the campaign trail is a minefield for political candidates who have to figure out how to seem relatable enough to try out the local chow while avoiding an embarrassing eating photo. And though not everyone can dive headfirst into a smorgasbord everyday like campaign eating legend John Kasich, politicians can do their best to not pull a Gerald Ford, who, according to former Arkansas Governor and Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, may have lost the presidential election in ’76 because he didn’t know how to eat a tamale.

Gerald Ford was running for a second term in 1976 against Jimmy Carter after attaining America’s highest office in the wake of Richard Nixon’s resignation. At a campaign stop in San Antonio, Texas to visit the A… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

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