WASHINGTON — Sen. Ben Sasse is making good on a bet this weekend by driving an Uber in Iowa.
The Nebraska Republican made the wager with Independent Journal Review’s Benny Johnson over the outcome of last year’s Husker-Hawkeye football game, which Iowa won, 40-10.
Now Sasse, wearing Hawkeye gear, has to drive around Iowans.
Sasse has driven Uber before as one of his “work tours,” which have also included handing out Runzas at Memorial Stadium.
Those exercises give him the opportunity to connect with his constituents in an unorthodox way.
The senator referred to his upcoming Uber session when he was pressed recently by CNN’s Jake Tapper about his appearance Friday at a GOP fundraising dinner in Iowa.
Tapper asked whether Sasse could be interested in challenging President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.
“Let’s be clear why I’m going to be in Iowa this weekend,” Sasse said. “I don’t want to admit it anywhere, let alone on national TV, but Nebraska lost to Iowa last year in a football game, and I lost a bet, so I have to drive Uber in Iowa next weekend.
“So that’s the reason I’m going to be in Iowa. It’s about Hawkeyes and Huskers bloodletting on the football field and the aftermath of that.”
Sasse never directly answered the question about his potential presidential ambitions. Instead, he touted the greatness of American values and the importance of children spending time with their families on July Fourth.
“That’s what America’s about,” Sasse said. “It’s not about Republicans and Democrats who have important differences on policy screaming at each other that the other side wants to kill somebody. Politics are subordinate to the things that are supposed to unite Americans.”