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The 2012 presidential race just got a little bit more interesting or, perhaps we should say, "nuttier." On Thursday night, Roseanne Barr -- who's currently starring on the Lifetime reality show Roseanne's Nuts -- announced on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that she'll be supporting a new candidate in the 2012 election: herself.
"You know Jay, I decided that since you're the one that got Arnold Schwarzenegger elected as governor of California, that I wanted to make my announcement here on your show because I really wanted to ask for your support," the 58-year-old comedian said. "My announcement is that I am running for president of the United States." Watch Barr's interview below!
Right after that announcement, Barr quipped, "... and also prime minister of Israel. It's a twofer."
But Barr insists she isn't joking about a presidential bid. "I'm totally serious because I want to be part of the debates because I want to represent the taxpayers," she told Leno. "In fact, I'm choosing the taxpayers as my vice president." And if she's not allowed to take part in the debates? "I'll Photoshop myself in," Bar joked.
When Leno asked whether she would be running under the Democratic or the Republican ticket, Barr replied: "I'm not for either party because they both suck and they're both a bunch of criminals. So I made up my own party. It's America's Green Tea Party.”
Barr currently lives on a 40-acre nut farm on Hawaii’s Big Island with her boyfriend Johnny Argent, and is starring in a Lifetime Television reality series about her life on the nut farm called Roseanne's Nuts. When Leno asked her if living with a man without being married might hurt her chances in the upcoming Presidential race, Barr said, "I don't believe in marriage anymore."
What will be Roseanne's campaign promises? No more taxes, all student loans and all debts will be forgiven, marijuana will be legalized, and money itself will be abolished. "Everything will be based on barter and growing and eating vegetables," the presidential hopeful declared.
Leno held up various bumper stickers Barr had brought along with her, with slogans such as "Isn't it time we had a President with some nuts?" and "Finally a President who can't get the maid pregnant," a clear reference to Schwarzenegger's love-child scandal.
Barr said that it was former vice presidential candidate and potential 2012 presidential hopeful Sarah Palin who inspired her to do a reality show and run for president. "I have feral pigs that overrun my farm and I'd like to shoot them out of a helicopter. That's what got me to thinking that I too should run for president if she can," Barr joked. "I wanted to edge her out. I feel like she's stealing my act, anyway."
So is Barr really going to run for POTUS in 2012, or is she pulling America's collective leg. We can't tell at this point, but we'd sure love to see her lock horns with Palin in a debate -- or, at the very least, shoot feral pigs from a helicopter together.