COLUMBIA, South Carolina—Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign requested at least two songs to be played at his South Carolina victory party that are staples on the Romney campaign, said his DJ, Pierre Brunache.
Interviewed after the event ended, Brunache said a Gingrich aide requested that Brooks and Dunn’s “Only in America” and Toby Keith’s “American Ride” both be plated during the event, which was delayed after Gingrich’s campaign bus was delayed behind a highway car crash.
“Most of the rest was just me trying to set the mood I was looking for,” Brunache told BuzzFeed. “I especially liked how the crowd responded to “Pump Up The Jam.”
The song selections were carried live on C-Span for over a half hour before Gingrich took the stage, and spawned the hashtag #djnewt. A few: Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust,” Prince’s “1999,” and Jennifer Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud.”
Brunache acknowledged a bit of confusion over when Gingrich would take the stage, forcing him to play the Brooks and Dunn on an awkward loop until Gingrich appeared. “It was a little weird,” he said, “but the crowd had a great night.”
The Romney campaign had no comment on the borrowed song choices.