Iowa State Fair Opens, Here Come The Candidates

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The 2015 edition of the Iowa State Fair kicked off Thursday in Des Moines with the first of the 2016 presidential hopefuls making campaign stops.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, winner of the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses, took his turn atop the fair's political soapbox with a dining tip. "Pork chop on a stick. Trust me. It's what's for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack."

When he got around to politics, Huckabee spoke about his experience in office, his plans to create jobs and his opposition to abortion. As for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, Huckabee said," Hillary probably is not going to come. She'll email in her appearances."

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb also stopped at the fair. Webb said people who don't like big money in politics should take a look at his campaign. Webb said he's "unbought" and "unbossed" and has his own mind. Webb deplores the number of super PACs that are raising money to support candidates in the race. He said he doesn't have one.

Webb also touted his military experience, saying he has the qualifications to be commander in chief. He was a Marine officer in Vietnam and later served as Secretary of the Navy.

The fair runs through August 23rd.