(Photo of Pawlenty: Charlie Neibergall/AP)
In an interview with the pop culture blog Glitterazzi, Pawlenty cited Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp as his favorite musical artists of all time. He also said he likes "new country" stars like Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith.
But the former Minnesota governor went out of his way to talk up Lady Gaga, asking the bloggers which of her songs they preferred before volunteering his own choice.
As evidence, Pawlenty cited the singer's recent HBO concert special.
"Now if you go to the end of the HBO special, the Lady Gaga HBO special, and you watch her sing a cappella 'Born This Way,' she can sing. She can definitely sing. She's talented," he said.
Yet perhaps knowing that his love of an occasionally androgynous pop singer might not play well with all GOP voters, Pawlenty added, "Interesting. Talented. A little weird, but if you had to limit your artistic choices to just conservatives, we wouldn't have a lot of choices."
You can watch the interview here:
- Lady Gaga
- Tim Pawlenty
- a cappella
- John Mellencamp
- Toby Keith
- Kenny Chesney
- Bruce Springsteen