LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sarah Palin says she hopes her upcoming TV reality show will “help correct some untruths out there”, but her husband Todd isn’t counting on the program to boost his wife’s popularity with her critics.
“People who don’t care for us will always not care for us,” Todd Palin told People magazine. “It wasn’t a priority to do a show to convince people to like us.”
“Our whole life is under a microscope. We wanted to showcase Alaska. It will be a positive thing,” Todd Palin added.
“Sarah Palin’s Alaska” makes its debut on cable channel TLC on Sunday, featuring the polarizing Tea Party favorite and her five children bear-watching, fishing, kayaking and living life at their Alaska home.
The eight-part program is the latest media venture from the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential hopeful who is widely seen as a prospective 2012 presidential candidate. Palin also has a second book, “America By Heart” coming out soon, following her 2009 best-seller “Going Rogue”.
In an extensive interview with People magazine for its issue hitting newsstands on Friday, Palin again danced around her presidential intentions. “If there’s an opportunity for me to help America get back on track, I will do that,” she said.
“When you’re granted influence, you don’t squander it,” she added. “I realize that people can stop listening to me at any time. As long as my kids don’t stop, I’m fine with it.”
Palin described the TV program as an opportunity to showcase the natural beauty of Alaska and its hard-working people. Previews also show life in the Palin home, including a scene where 16 year-old daughter Willow sneaks a boy up to her bedroom.
Asked why she decided to put her family in a reality show, Palin told People that she hoped it would “help correct some untruths out there.”
She also wants viewers to see that her 20 year-old daughter Bristol — a single mom and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant — is not a “diva.”
Palin dismissed recent comments by influential Republican strategist Karl Rove, who said that her TV show proved she lacked the “gravitas” to run for U.S. president.
“I’d like Karl Rove to come up to Alaska and see me being in a man’s world,” Palin retorted.
The full interview can be found in People magazine.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte