Source: Business Insider
In the months leading up to the Iowa Caucus, Amy Klobuchar has used a classic Midwestern meal, “hot dish,” as a means to gather voters and talk about her campaign. The practice of “wining and dining” for votes can be traced back as far as ancient Rome and Greece. It hasn’t always worked. Here’s how politicians have used this strategy throughout history and during the 2020 presidential race. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories . Americans may be at each other’s throats when it comes to talking politics. But at the end of the day, there’s one thing we all have in common: food. And our representatives are well aware of that. Political figures have been using food as a means to boost their public image and recruit new voters for thousands of years . Some politicians, including Julius Caesar and Hannibal , placed emphasis on the simple diets of rulers and emperors, as a way to highlight personality traits and demonstrate temperate behavior. In 1758, George Washington bribed voters by campaigning with gallons of booze in order to gain a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses.