Rubio reveals rookie status when it comes to cornhole

Story highlights

  • Despite spending countless days in Iowa on the campaign trail, it appears Marco Rubio still has a few things to learn about the Midwest
  • The Florida senator revealed he's a rookie when it comes to the game

(CNN)Despite spending countless days in Iowa on the campaign trail, it appears Marco Rubio still has a few things to learn about the Midwest.

One of those is how to play a proper game of cornhole.
After finishing a town hall in Ames, the Florida senator joined some Iowa State University students who were camped out in the snow for tickets to the Iowa State-Kansas basketball game.
    "It's on TV. You know that, right?" Rubio joked.
    Rubio offered the students some Little Caesars pizza and was then invited to play a game of cornhole, also known as "bags," a popular yard and tailgating game in which two teams each try to toss a bag into a hole on the opposing team's board.
    It was then that the Florida senator revealed he's a rookie when it comes to the game, as he attempted to toss the bean bag overhand, as if he was shooting a basketball -- a major cornhole faux pas, as the bag is to be tossed underhand. Rubio sank at least one shot, and later hurled a few bags underhand in the proper form.
    Asked if Rubio plans to sharpen his game on the campaign trail over the next few months, Alex Conant, a spokesman for the senator, simply replied, "Glad CNN is focused on the important issues in this campaign!"
    The bean bag blunder also evoked memories of another athletic moment gone awry for Rubio, when he accidentally nailed a kid in the head during an errant football pass last summer.
    Rubio later good-naturedly tweeted, "The QB always gets the blame."
    However, Saturday's tailgate mishap didn't seem to have too big of an impact on the Republican presidential candidate's Iowa game. Just hours later, the Des Moines Register, Iowa's largest newspaper, endorsed Rubio for his party's presidential nomination.