FDR And Governor Ely Stop For Dogs 1932
Gov. Joseph Ely of Massachusetts, left, candidate for re-election, and Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York, stop for a hot dog on the Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts, Oct. 30, 1932, where they are campaigning together.AP Photo
FDR And Governor Ely Stop For Dogs 1932
Adlai E. Stevenson (3L), Massachusetts Governor Paul Denver (4L) and John F. Kennedy (L) during their campaign trail, eating, 1952.
President Eisenhower Drinking Coca Cola
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Robert Kennedy, managing his brother's presidential campaign, stops for a snack at a restaurant in Spanish Harlem. August 25, 1960.
Jimmy Carter and Billy Carter 1976
During the election campaign, President Gerald Ford and his running mate Bob Dole eat hot dogs at a photo opportunity in Dole's hometown, Russell, Kansas, August 1976.
Senator Ted Kennedy laughs as he shares a meal with unidentified supporters at a restaurant during his campaign tour for the Democratic nomination for president, 1980.
Former Vice President Walter Mondale holds an apron bearing an image of a bagel-presented to him during a visit to Zabar's Deli, campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination. March 25, 1984.
Sen. Gary Hart bites into a slice of pizza while on the campaign trail in Bostonís historic Faneuil Hall district, Monday, March 5, 1984.
President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush patronizing food stand during campaign stop at state fair. August 23, 1992.
Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton eats an ice cream cone with running mate Al Gore at the My Favorite shop in Buffalo, New York. The candidates are on the last day of their third bus tour. August 23, 1992.
Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole and California Governor Pete Wilson grill a steak during the annual Republican steak and Oyster Feed in Sacramento, California, 27 October 27, 1996. Dole is in the middle of a three day campaign trip through California.
Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan and wife Shelley eat lunch at the local McDonald's restaurant in Greenwood, South Carolina, during a break while driving across the state for campaign stops. Feb. 28, 1996.
Vice President and presidential candidate Al Gore laughs as he stirs a vegetable stew as volunteer Veronica Park(2nd-L), Rep. Tony Hall, D-OH, and volunteer Olivia Ivy(R) look on during food preparation for the homeless as part of World Hunger Day 15 October 1999 at Martha's Table in Washington, DC.
Gov. Joseph Ely of Massachusetts, left, candidate for re-election, and Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York, stop for
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A Brief Visual History of Eating on the Campaign Trail

On Monday, the Republican presidential race returned to a subject that has deep roots in the history of American politics: what, where and how candidates eat while they campaign.

At an event in Rhode Island, candidate Donald Trump mocked the eating habits of his rival John Kasich, saying that he had "never seen a human being eat in such a disgusting fashion." (Kasich earned attention in New York for "going wild" with two helpings of spaghetti.)

It's not the first time that the 2016 race has turned culinary, as Hillary Clinton's hot sauce choices and Bernie Sanders' soul-food sit-down have also garnered headlines. And candidates have long campaigned on their stomachs, breaking bread with citizens across the country as a way to demonstrate their solidarity with local people—and to keep up their energy on the long road toward Election Day. It has become, as the New York Times phrased it in 1976, "one of the more familiar rites" of an election year.

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To celebrate that rite, here's a look back at some of the campaign chow that has graced the plates of America's most famous politicians.

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