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In response to a voter’s question about whom he admires, former Minnesota governor and GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said that Jesus is one of his “political heroes.”

The Washington Post‘s “On Faith” writer Elizabeth Tenety cited Jon Ward’s report of the campaign event:

Pawlenty first talked about his father — “a big guy, a Polish guy, kinda joyful, strong” — before listing others.

“I’ve got a lot of political heroes too,” he said. “I love Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, Jesus Christ.” He said that he and his wife Mary “are people of faith and believers.”

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