Mitt Romney admits to being a fan of Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of "Jersey Shore" fame. The Republican presidential candidate made the revelation Friday in an interview with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.
Strahan asked the former Massachusetts governor and his wife Ann: "OK, the most serious question of all. Honey Boo Boo or Snooki?" with Ripa adding, "Do you know who either of these are?" Romney answered "I'm kind of a Snooki fan," reports the Washington Post.
"Look how tiny she's gotten. She's lost weight. She's energetic," he added. "Just her sparkplug personality is kind of fun."
Gawker blasted Romney's comment as making the nominee sound "ridiculous." It "is not only a terrible assessment of Snooki but also a detached, inhuman way to describe anyone. It reeks of trying too hard to fit in with the cool kids."
Policy Mic reports that Romney also said he enjoyed the ABC TV show "Modern Family," with the potential first lady Ann Romney adding, "Yeah, we love watching."
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Along with the appearance that the Romneys are trying to appeal to a younger, cooler demographic, Snooki and "Modern Family" are in stark contrast with their political party. Snooki's success is a direct result of her wild behavior, including heavily drinking and promiscuous sexy, on the "Jersey Shore," and "Modern Family" features a gay couple with an adopted child.
"This election isn't about coolness," states Gawker. "If it were, I think even the most superstitious of Democrats would be willing to call this one for Obama. In terms of hipness, there haven't been two more divergent candidates since Bill Clinton and Bob Dole in 1996."
In the interview, the Romneys also discussed endearing pet peeves, saying that Mitt snores, Ann hogs the blankets, Reeses Peanut Butter are Mitt's favorite junk food and donuts are Ann's, and how the duo both prefer the iPhone to the BlackBerry, according to the Washington Post.
Ann also told the story of how she walked in on then-President George W. Bush receiving a massage while she was exploring the White House. "I went into one door, I was with Anita Perry [wife of Texas Gov. Rick Perry], by the way. I'll put blame on her. And Anita and I were like we wonder what's behind this door? It was George Bush having a massage."
The interview with Mitt and Ann Romney will air on Tuesday's episode of "Live! With Kelly and Michael," according to USA Today.