Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush may have thought he was putting his geek cred on display Wednesday at a forum in Las Vegas about comic books, but his answer to the question "Who is your favorite superhero (Marvel), and why?" left some scratching their heads.
Bush first said that he'd heard that there was a new Marvel show about Ant-Man (there isn't — it was a movie). Bush did drop a joke, saying he hadn't met Ant-Man yet.
As he sought more superheroes to reference, he came up with the fact that he'd seen an ad for the new show "Supergirl" while working out that morning. (Humblebrag much?)
"There's an ad promoting 'Supergirl.' She looked kind of... she looked pretty hot," Bush said.
The host and members of the crowd laughed.
"I don't know what channel it's on, but I'm looking forward to that."
It's on CBS. Also, Supergirl is a DC Comics character, so we're not sure if that counts as an answer to the question. (CNN's take on Bush's super awkward answer was that the candidate "dug himself into a hole.")
Bush seemed to know this. He jokingly adding, "That'll make news."
Apparently the superhero question has been burning in the minds of voters. Bush noted it was the second time he'd been asked about his favorite, and comic book culture has surfaced a few times already in the presidential race.
Fellow Republican candidate Ted Cruz told the New York Times Iron Man inspired the name of his high school business, and his top five favorite characters included a relatively deep pull for a politician: Rorschach from "Watchmen."
If you're as excited about "Supergirl" as Jeb Bush, you can see that ad for the first episode here. You can also watch the full video of the question at the top of this article, and see the full forum with Jeb Bush here.
This story has been updated.