Pop and politics: Romney diviluges favorite TV shows and movies

Jessica Stanton Contributor
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Gov. Mitt Romney took some time off the campaign trial to dish about his favorite television shows, films and other pop culture guilty pleasures.

The Republican presidential nominee cited “Modern Family,” “Justified,” “30 Rock” and “NCIS” as his favorite current television shows to watch, Romney told TV Guide.

“Modern Family,” the mockumentary comedy which debuted in 2009 on ABC, is also the Romneys “favorite show to watch together.” Coincidentally, the show is also a favorite of the Obamas.

Romney expressed how he “really enjoyed” the popular series “Friday Night Lights,” which recently ended after five seasons.  The Romney campaign now sells bracelets with an adapted famous tagline from the show, “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, America Can’t Lose!”

Earlier this month, Buzz Bissenger, the author of the original nonfiction book that inspired the “Friday Night Lights” film and TV series, endorsed Romney.

Romney named “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” as his favorite film and recollected seeing “The Sound of Music” on his first date with Ann Romney in 1965. Romney also revealed he was a fond of television series about the Old West growing up, and frequently watched “Gunsmoke, Have Gun, Will Travel, and “The Light and Legend of Wyatt Earp.”

While raising their five sons, the Romneys enjoyed watching such series as “Magnum P.I.,” “The Cosby Show,” “Seinfield,” “Cheers” and “Transformers.”

When it comes to sports, Romney follows all things Boston: the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics. And to no one’s surprise, he declared he and Ann are “glued” to the television sets during the Winter Olympics every two years.

“Our experience with the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics was a special time,” said Romney. “It is inspiring to see the commitment and talent of the young athletes who compete from across the globe.”

Romney listed Neil Armstrong’s “one giant leap for mankind” as the televised news event he would “never forget.”

“Ann and I watched together on her parents’ sofa,” Romney told TV Guide. “Like all Americans, we went to bed knowing we lived in the greatest country in the history of the world.”

While Romney may become the next president of the United States in six days, it seems his wife will always be in charge of the Romneys television programming.

“I program the DVR to record whatever Ann tells me we are going to watch!”

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