Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty listed Lady Gaga's gay anthem Born This Way as among his favorite tracks from the singer, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The 50-year-old former governor of Minnesota made his comments during the first of a three-day campaign tour in Iowa.

Speaking at a fundraiser for the Story County GOP at Hickory's Hall restaurant, he took a veiled swipe at GOP rival Representative Michele Bachmann, saying accomplishments matter more than rhetoric.

“So the interesting question I think for you, the Iowa Republicans and conservatives, is not are the candidates saying many or all of the same things. I think the question for you is have they actually done it. Is this a person who has the leadership and experience of being a CEO of a large public enterprise in a tough environment, and not only given speeches and offering failed amendments, but have they led it to conclusions that get results?”

In 2004, then-Minnesota State Senator Bachmann sponsored a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage. Her measure didn't clear the Minnesota Legislature, but she recently praised lawmakers who approved a similar amendment this session.

(Related: Michele Bachmann warned Massachusetts gay marriage would lead to polygamy and “things much worse.”)

Afterward, Pawlenty described Lady Gaga to reporters as “interesting, talented, kinda weird,” adding that the singer's tracks Bad Romance and Born This Way were among his favorites.