Carly Fiorina responds to debate moderator Wolf Blitzer during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

It's a pickle for every politician: What do you do when your natural rooting interests go against a large group of people you're trying to impress?

Here's how Republican presidential candidate and Stanford alumnus Carly Fiorina weighed in on the Rose Bowl, where the Cardinal are playing the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday: 

 

 

The former Hewlett-Packard chief executive got a bachelor's degree from Stanford in 1976, majoring in medieval history and philosophy. She's also spending a lot of time in Iowa these days with a presidential caucus Feb. 1, her first major test with voters in her run for the GOP nomination. 

Other politicians have stood pat on their long-held allegiances, even if it goes against their local constituents. 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, for example, made waves last season when he showed off his unabashed love for the Dallas Cowboys with owner Jerry Jones, despite the team's rivalries with the New York Giants (who play in New Jersey) and the Philadelphia Eagles (who draw many fans from south Jersey). He's one of several politicians running against Fiorina for the Republican presidential nomination.

President Barack Obama, a well-known sports lover who has attended many games, thrown out first pitches wearing Chicago White Sox gear and hobnobbed in broadcast booth, has taken both approaches.

In 2008, he poked fun at crosstown Cubs fans by saying they're not as serious as White Sox fans. And in 2012, several months before he was re-elected to a second term, Obama backed a bunch of swing-state teams in his annual NCAA bracket.