Mitt and Ann Romney Name Their Favorite Musicians

'The Killers are one group I enjoy,' says the Republican presidential candidate

Ann and Mitt Romney
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August 24, 2012 3:05 PM ET

In a new interview with Parade, Mitt Romney and his wife Ann offered some insight into their musical tastes and a wishlist of acts they'd like to see perform at the White House, should the Republican presidential nominee win the election in November.

The list includes the Beach Boys – "Even though I know it's not the same group it used to be," Romney noted – and country stars like Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith. Romney also name-checked bands like Aerosmith and Alabama, while his wife – who revealed a preference for jazz, pop, rock, and classical music – noted that the Romneys have a friend in the Eagles. (Former lead guitarist Don Felder is slated to play the Republican National Convention next week.) 

The most unexpected band on Romney's list of favorites? "The Killers are one group I enjoy," he said. The band's lead singer, Brandon Flowers, is Mormon.

Romney conceded that not all of his favorite acts might perform for a Republican-led White House. "These are not all Republicans, by the way. Some may turn us down."

"No, they would die to be mentioned," countered his wife. 

While Romney and President Barack Obama are in the midst of a fiercely contested campaign, Romney did praise the Obamas for "welcoming various artists and having people come enjoy the White House." Romney also said that he'd like his White House "to be open and have people feel welcome there. I don't just mean touring it, but also come to the East Room and see a performance of some kind."

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