Sitcom star Roseanne Barr announces run for U.S. president
Saturday, August 6, 2011
2012., best known for her role on the television sitcom , officially announced Thursday on the that she will run for in
Barr, 58, starred as the blue collar, wise-cracking mother Roseanne Conner on Roseanne from 1988 to 1997. She made national headlines in 1990 for a shrill performance of theat a baseball game that then-President called a disgrace. After the conclusion of Roseanne, she hosted a from 1998 to 2000, before returning to her roots as a stand-up comedienne in the special Roseanne Barr: Blonde N Bitchin'.
Last month, Barr premiered in a new reality show on Hawaii. Two weeks ago, the show was watched by 1.6 million viewers, though last week only 785,000 tuned in. In an interview with , she admitted that the show serves as a launching pad for her presidential ambitions, arguing "I have to do a reality show in order to run for president of these United States", in allusion to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's reality series .called , which follows her life as a farmer in
During her appearance on the Tonight Show, Barr insisted that she was serious and commented that Palin's potential candidacy is "kinda what got me to thinking that I too should run for president, if she can". Barr revealed that she had created her own political party, referred to as the "Green Tea Party", which combines elements of the Tea Party movements. She proclaimed that the taxpayers would be her and that her first order of business would be the legalization of .and
If not invited to the, Barr joked that she would " " herself in.
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