Central was a popular stop for presidential candidates representing both Democrats and Republicans during the lead up to the Iowa caucuses. Five candidates held events on campus, giving students and community members the chance to hear their messages, ask questions and, in some cases, meet the candidates in person.
Ben Carson visited campus Jan. 6, holding a town hall meeting in Graham Conference Center. Donald Trump spoke to a packed house in Douwstra Auditorium Jan. 23. Martin O’Malley arrived on campus Jan. 25 for a tour of Central’s LEED-certified buildings, and he held meetings in Maytag Student Center.
Marco Rubio held a rally on Central’s campus Jan. 26 in Graham Conference Center. Chris Christie held a rally in Maytag Student Center Jan. 29.