Carly Fiorina really wants Iowa residents to like her.
The Republican presidential candidate says she’s willing to cheer for the University of Iowa’s football team — against Stanford, her own alma mater.
"Love my alma mater, but rooting for a Hawkeyes win today," Fiorina tweeted Friday before Iowa played Stanford.
Love my alma mater, but rooting for a Hawkeyes win today. #RoseBowl— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) January 1, 2016
Fiorina graduated Stanford in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and medieval history.
She also underwent surgery at the school’s hospital in 2009 after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan tweeted his disapproval, calling Fiorina’s tweet “insulting to voters in Iowa (and everywhere).”
Why would you root for the Hawkeyes? This is insulting to voters in Iowa (and everywhere). https://t.co/4UvjIGYSun— Justin Amash (@justinamash) January 1, 2016
The backlash came from other sources online as well.
@CarlyFiorina You can pander better than this.— Doug Piker (F3Toto) (@honeycut1) January 1, 2016
- Updated at 4:27 p.m.