AMES, Iowa — It wouldn’t be a presidential campaign without probing questions from the likes of MTV about inappropriate things like undergarments. But this week, the question came from the candidate himself — former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty — who turned the tables on a team of pop-culture bloggers in Ames, Iowa, by asking them to name their favorite Lady Gaga song.

Clearly, the Republican, who is crisscrossing Iowa this week, was itching for someone to ask him the question. So we did — and if you think Pawlenty can be thoughtful about the debt ceiling, you ain’t seen nothing. This man knows his Gaga.

“Well you know, in terms of the beat, I like ‘Bad Romance,’” Pawlenty said. “I gotta say, even though she’s a little unusual, ‘Born this Way’ has some appeal. She’s actually very talented. 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.”

Somewhat apologetically, Pawlenty also noted that if he limited his artistic taste only to conservatives, he “wouldn’t have a lot of choices.”

“You gotta be willing to tolerate different politics,” he said.

Watch Pawlenty’s entire musing on music, courtesy of, a Washington-based blog “where pop meets power,” here.

Oh, and our search-engine optimization team thanks you, governor, for letting us put Lady Gaga in the headline.