Gravel stumps for 'I Like Mike'
Mike Gravel, a former presidential candidate and Democratic U.S. Senator from Alaska, was on ABC's "Top Line" earlier Wednesday to promote his new program, "I Like Mike: Our President."
The series will appear on the Barely Political network of "Obama Girl"-fame and is, as Gravel puts it, "a cross between The West Wing and The Office." The series will also allow for viewer participation. "We ask people at the end of the program to vote on the issues," said Gravel, "so it's participatory and mocumentary. It's not like the other political programs out there, and it will be humorous, because, by God, things are so bad you have to laugh."
The series is not all fun and games though, says Gravel, "The spoofing is with a purpose: to show people how silly we are, politically, at this time in our lives."
"I Like Mike" will serve as a vehicle for Gravel to tackle the economy. "We're gonna take a wrecking ball, and I'm destroying the building. It's called "Breaking up the Banks," and President Obama, "With respect to Obama, we'll take on the health care, which is a subsidy to the insurance companies." Other programs will feature the war in Afghanistan, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the U.S.'s nuclear weapons policy.
Gravel also took an opportunity to weigh in on how progressives viewed White House press secretary Robert Gibbs's comments on the "professional left", "With a jaundiced eye, and I don't think that there's anything that Obama can do between now and '12 to change that."
As for Sarah Palin, "I Like Mike" has a plan for how to address the former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, "I'll be interviewing an actress who looks just like Sarah Palin, and I'd like to have Sarah Palin as the virally elected vice president when I'm president."
Asked whether he thought Palin would run, Gravel said, "Oh, there's no question about that...is she gonna be a meaningful candidate? I think so. I don't think she'll get the nomination, but she'll be a meaningful candidate in 2012. She's a very talented political person," said Gravel, "But [as] a political, outright, gifted person -- I don't know of anybody better on the scene other than Obama."
Watch the preview of "I Like Mike: Our President."
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