When Sen. Ted Cruz announced Carly Fiorina as his running mate, she spoke of how well she has gotten to know Cruz’s daughters, Catherine and Caroline, and sang a nursery rhyme.
Fiorina isn’t the first candidate to show off their musical talent — or lack thereof — on the campaign trial.
Mike Huckabee jams with Def Leppard
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is also a ordained Southern Baptist minister. He touts himself as a socially conservative bulwark — in high school, he recommended Christian teens avoid dancing. He also chided the Obamas for allowing their daughters to listen to Beyoncé.
But Huckabee is also a bassist and a fan of rock ’n’ roll music. His band Capitol Offense even played at the 2001 and 2005 inaugural balls. Huckabee has jammed with artists like Phil Collen of Def Leppard and bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd on his Fox News show.
As governor, Huckabee pardoned legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who had been busted for reckless driving, though Richards was dismissive of Huckabee’s music skills.
John Kerry flip-flops on instruments
During his 2004 presidential campaign, John Kerry was accused of switching positions when convenient. The secretary of state and former Democratic nominee for president also switches between bass and guitar.
In addition, Kerry occasionally plays Spanish guitar and was gifted one from Spain’s foreign minister.
Rick Perry jams with some sharp-dressed men
Former Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry famously imploded when during a debate he could not remember the names of the federal agencies he would eliminate. But he doesn’t miss a beat on drums.
At a 2005 inaugural party for President George W. Bush, another former Texas governor, Perry sat in and played drums with the most famous Little Ol’ Band from Texas, ZZ Top.
Bill Clinton on the saxophone
Bill Clinton playing the saxophone is probably the most iconic of all. During his 1992 run for president against incumbent President George H.W. Bush, Gov. Clinton appeared on the Arsenio Hall show and covered “Heartbreak Hotel.”