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Bristol Says There Are No Politics Involved In "DWTS"



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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Dancer Bristol Palin attends the premiere of 'Dancing With The Stars' at CBS Television City on September 20, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

    Bristol "The Pistol" Palin is shooting back at critics who say she's remained on "Dancing with the Stars" because of her mother Sarah Palin's political popularity.

    "I'm so sick of 'Bristol has the tea party backing her. She's got the Republican Party,'" Bristol told Access Hollywood's Tony Potts at a dancing rehearsal on Friday. "I don't think that's true at all.

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    "There's no politics involved in this," Bristol continued. "I think people always focus on how far we've gotten in this competition because of my mom and all of this B.S., when really it could work the opposite way."

    The 20-year-old mom and advocate said that while her famous mom may be popular, she's also disliked by many – which could work against Bristol when it comes to "Dancing" votes.

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    "I've gotten so many people who just attack me everyday because of who my mom is, so it works both ways," Bristol told Tony. "There are pros and cons to it."

    "This is not a political affair, this a dance show," Bristol's pro partner, Mark Ballas, told Tony. "It's supposed to be fun and entertaining."

    "I think that people out there have seen me out there improving each week," Bristol added. "They've seen the transformation of me as a performer and a dancer. That's why we're still here."

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