Surprise: Andrew Yang's favorite president is a Republican

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew Yang2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum Yang: 'Cancel culture' has become source of 'fear' for Americans Hundreds of thousands turn out in New York, other major cities for climate marches MORE revealed in an interview with The Hill on Friday that his favorite president is a Republican.

"I'm a big Teddy Roosevelt fan because he seemed very bipartisan and solutions-oriented," Yang said.

"Breaking news, Andrew Yang is a Roosevelt [fan]," he quipped.


But Yang has a more personal connection to the 26th president, through one of Roosevelt's descendants.

"I'm actually his great-granddaughter's godfather, so I feel, like, an affinity in that way," Yang said.

Yang isn't the first Democrat to publicly express admiration for Roosevelt.

Former President Obama invoked Roosevelt in 2011 when he delivered a speech on economic fairness in Osawatomie, Kan., a town Roosevelt during his presidency.

“Just as there was in Teddy Roosevelt’s time, there’s been a certain crowd in Washington for the last few decades who respond to this economic challenge with the same old tune,” Obama said at the time. “Their philosophy is simple: We are better off when everyone is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules. I am here to say: They are wrong.”