Presidential PopWatch round-up on Mitt Romney: 'Hunger Games', 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?', and… 'Twilight'?

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Mitt Romney isn’t exactly known for his wild-and-crazy-guy side, but the Republican presidential candidate has made a point of emphasizing he’s “just like us” when it comes to his list of pop-culture faves. Listen up, voters!

Romney is currently 65 years old. He came of age at the height of Beatlemania (and yes, Romney is a Beatles fan!), when the roaring ’60s counterculture movement was in full swing. Some of the top books of 1965 were The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Alex Haley, and In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote.

For Romney himself, his personal book picks are a little more predictable: The Innovator’s Dilemma, by Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, about the rise of new technologies; David McCullough’s presidential biography, John Adams; Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, about Abraham Lincoln; and Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond. One outlier? He loves The Hunger Games.

For movies, in People magazine this week, Romney once again confirmed that one of his favorite movies was O Brother, Where Art Thou? by the Coen brothers. No word on whether “the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find” is an omen for his campaign.

When it comes to television, Romney mixed populist fare with high-brow elitism. He cops to watching American Idol and Friday Night Lights, and, no surprise, Mad Men. (He resembles Duck Phillips a tad, no?) But Romney also praised Modern Family, which may surprise some because of its healthy depiction of gay marriage. Funny is funny, though, and as Romney’s sons revealed in a Conan interview a few months ago, their Dad is a huge jokester. The sons also highlighted one of Dad’s favorite comedy bits: SNL‘s Spartan Cheerleaders.

Like anyone, he’s also got some pop culture guilt: In addition to his well-documented love of trees, Romney has made it clear he knows the words to “Who Let The Dogs Out”? A little more embarrassing? He may just be a 13-year-old girl at heart: While not a fan of vampires in general, he does love Twilight.

If only the majority of Twi-hards were eligible to vote.

(Reporting by Lanford Beard)

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