Sarah Palin is making clear that she's taking her upcoming battle with Katie Couric personally.
The former vice presidential candidate and current Fox News pundit is co-hosting "Today" on Tuesday, while Couric is guest hosting on arch-rival "Good Morning America" on ABC. It's being billed as the biggest showdown between the two women since Palin's infamous interviews with Couric in 2008, and it's at the epicenter of the raging ratings war between ABC News and NBC News.
In an unusual move, Palin will be treated as a political guest during the 7 AM hour of the show, and will be interviewed about the 2012 race. Then, in the 8 AM hour, she will join the "Today" anchors and help host the program.
Speaking to Breitbart News, Palin didn't shy away from addressing the Couric-shaped elephant in the room. "Game on," she said simply.
The Palin interviews are the defining journalistic moment for Couric; she won the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for her questioning, and Palin's somewhat flustered answers are so famous that Matt Lauer even poked fun at her about them on Monday.
Palin has been very frank about her loathing of the interviews —and, by extension, Couric herself — over the years. In 2010, for instance, she called Couric "biased" and swore she would never be interviewed by her again.
She also mocked Couric when the latter left her post at CBS News.