Watch: Tim Pawlenty is a huge Lady Gaga fan

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You know how awkward it is when your parents pretend to be into the latest pop-music superstars in an attempt to be cool and culturally relevant? Well, that awkwardness would be amplified exponentially if your dad was presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty. As demonstrated in the above interview with a gaggle of gossipy, celeb-obsessed gals, T-Paw (yes, he really goes by that) does his best "cool Republican" impersonation as he confesses to loving Lady Gaga. He even admits to watching her HBO concert special and really digs "Born This Way" — you know that song about the gays. According to Pawlenty:

I got to say, even though she's a little unusual, "Born this Way" has got some appeal. She's actually very talented. 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.

The next thing you know, he'll be parading down the campaign trail in a meat dress and bloody tampon hat in a desperate attempt to get our attention.