Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., said one of his favorite female celebrities is pop singer Britney Spears.

The former presidential candidate, who turns 80 next week, was asked by a reporter for celebrity news site TMZ who his favorite "younger generation" female celebrity during an impromptu interview in the Los Angeles International Airport.

After an individual traveling with McCain suggested Britney Spears, McCain said, "There you go. Britney Spears is certainly very attractive."

When asked by the paparazzo whether he would see Spear's Las Vegas residency show, the long-serving senator said "Absolutely, I'd be glad to see it. Everything I've heard is that it's a good show."

When asked to name his favorite male celebrity, McCain said he thought actor and fellow Republican Clint Eastwood is "a great guy."