Ariz. Sen. John McCain may be an accomplished politician, but he recognizes the star power of “Jersey Shore” reality television star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, with whom he exchanged numerous tweets last year over their mutual opposition to a tanning tax.
“You heard about my tweets with Snooki,” McCain joked to reporters on Wednesday at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
“I got more coverage from tweets with Snooki than any foreign policy or national security statement that I have ever made in my life,” the former presidential candidate said.
Earlier this year, Snooki ventured to the nation’s capital, McCain’s stomping ground, for the Washington Auto Show.
Because she was in D.C., it was only natural for reporters and fans to ask the tanned celebrity about politics. When asked to determine the hotter between President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush, Snooki chose the latter.
“I thought George Bush was pretty cute … For an old man.”
When it came down to political support, the “Shore Thing” author circled back to her friendship with McCain.
“I’ve really only talked to John McCain, and that’s because I mentioned him on my show … how, you know, he probably wouldn’t do tan taxing because he’s … pale,” Snooki said.
The Arizona senator isn’t the only McCain to have interacted with Snooki. In July 2010, Daily Beast blogger Meghan McCain interviewed the “Jersey Shore” star.
“So when I saw it was Obama and McCain, to be honest with you, the only reason why I voted for your father was because he was really cute and I liked when he did his speeches,” Snooki told McCain’s daughter Meghan, who laughed but confessed this was “a little weird.”