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Sarah Palin Defends Reality TV and Future Political Career, Invokes Ronald Reagan

Alaska's former governor responds to Karl Rove's comments that voters are unlikely to elect a reality show star as president.

Four days Karl Rove took a jab at her upcoming TLC reality show, Alaska's ex-governor Sarah Palin responded to President George W. Bush's former senior adviser on Fox News Sunday.

Rove, in an interview last week with London's Telegraph, said he thought it voters were unlikely to elect as president someone starring in a reality show.

"With all due candor, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of 'that helps me see you in the Oval Office,'" Rove said.

But Palin on Sunday defended her show, Sarah Palin's Alaska, as being more of a documentary series than a reality show.

"Now look-it; I'm not in a reality show," she said on Fox News Sunday, according to the Huffington Post. "I have eight episodes documenting Alaska's resources, what it is that we can contribute to the rest of U.S. to economically and physically secure our union, and my family comes along for the ride because I am family, family is us, and my family comes along on the ride to document these eight episodes for The Learning Channel. ... So Karl is wrong right there in calling it a reality show."

Palin also took a tongue-in-cheek approach in pointing out that voters once elected an actor as president.

"You know, I agree with [Rove] that those standards have to be high for someone who would ever want to run for president, like, um, wasn't Ronald Reagan an actor?" Palin said. "Wasn't he in Bedtimes for Bonzo, Bozo or something? Ronald Reagan was an actor."

Sarah Palin's Alaska premieres Nov. 14.