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updated 11/20/2010 11:51:53 PM ET 2010-11-21T04:51:53

Former first lady Barbara Bush says she hopes Sarah Palin stays in Alaska.

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In a preview for a Larry King interview to be shown Monday on CNN, former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, are shown addressing topics such as the Tea Party influence, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, and their son's book.

Asked for her read on Palin, Barbara Bush responded:

"I sat next to her once, thought she was beautiful and I think she's very happy in Alaska — and I hope she'll stay there."

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Palin has been active in election campaigns, acknowledged she is looking at the possibility of a 2012 presidential bid and plans a promotion tour for her own book due out next week, "America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag."

On the Tea Party, the one-term president said "they're all right" and some of their ideas make sense, but he's a bit confused by what the Tea Party really is or how members fit in "to get Republicans in Congress to do something."

The couple praised their son's book, "Decision Point," by former President George W. Bush. Barbara Bush said it is not a biography but how it is in the White House.

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Video: Is Sarah Palin played out?

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    >>> now to politics and sarah palin 's possible white house aspirations. one former first lady doesn't think too much of them. norah o'donnell is in washington with details on this.

    >> nothing like some controversy to help sell a book, right? just as palin gears up for a book tour and a possible presidential run. barbara bush says she likes palin but hopes she stays home. in episode 2 of " sarah palin 's alaska" the palins are at home on the range .

    >> missed it.

    >> reporter: sarah and todd palin take daughter bristol mosquito shooting.

    >> a couple of my girlfriends had my baby shower right here in this shooting range . my first baby shower . and i love to share that story.

    >> reporter: meanwhile former first lady barbara bush seems to throw cold water on palin 's white house run.

    >> i think she's very happy in alaska and i hope she'll stay there.

    >> reporter: even the weekly standard is going negative on palin . the article says palin 's show has secureded her a spot in the reality tv spot pantheon and good for pail on and there's no compelling reason to suggest the rest of us should tag along behind. like it or not, sarah palin and her family are everywhere. tonight begins the " dancing with the stars " finale. palin 's daughter bristol is competing to win it all. this thanksgiving week is no holiday for the palin household. on tuesday, the vote for bristol .

    >> this is as much a vote for sarah palin as it is a vote for bristol palin .

    >> reporter: that very same day, sarah palin 's book "america by heart" hits bookstores and she embarks on her cross country tour, 16 stops in 14 states. already the book creating buzz and controversy. last week, the media blog leaked excerpts of the book on their site, infuriating palin , the publishing world is leaking out of context excerpts of my book, isn't that illegal? but just as parts of the books were coming out.

    >>> palin offered her own sneak peek on her facebook page with a call to action . we have to know what makes america exceptional today more than ever because it is under assault today more than ever. palin 's book tour will take her twice to iowa and this weekend another possible presidential contend contender mike huckabee was in iowa.

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