Washington (CNN) – Longtime ABBA fan and Republican Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has a favorite among this year's Kennedy Center lifetime achievement honorees.
Speaking on the red carpet on his way into the 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Sunday night, Gingrich said, "Since my ring tones are from “Mamma Mia,” I have a certain bias towards Meryl Streep."
This was news to Streep, one of the evening's five honorees, who walked the red carpet a while later. Streep starred in the movie “Mamma Mia,” whose storyline was based on ABBA’s hit music.
"That explains a lot!" she said, laughing. "I'm very amused to hear that!"
Streep said, "I must tell ABBA. They'll be very interested in that information."
Asked if he expects to gain the votes of former Godfather's Pizza Chairman Herman Cain, who suspended his Republican presidential bid Saturday, Gingrich laughed.
"Not tonight! We'll talk about that tomorrow," he said. "Tonight's just for arts and honoring people."
Gingrich said he is not concerned about taking a brief campaign breather.
"I think we can afford to take three or four hours off to honor the arts," he quipped. "It's a big risk, but I'm willing to take it."