TV host Mike Rowe said on "Fox and Friends" that he does not approve of celebrities encouraging people to vote.
The former host of Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" and CNN's "Somebody's Gotta Do It" was responding to uproar over comments he made on Facebook, in which he said voting was a constitutional right, not a moral imperative.
"If I'm wrong, I'm standing by to be corrected, but as I understand the Constitution — and I'm certainly not an expert — but it seems to be a right. And there are a lot of rights in there and the way I figure is most rights come with some measure of responsibility," Rowe said on "Fox and Friends."
Encouraging people to vote is similar to encouraging people to buy guns, he said.
"By all means vote, don't let anybody you that you can't vote or that you shouldn't vote. But if you're a public figure and you're going to go out and say, 'Hey, look. The Second Amendment is a fantastic right, everybody should go get a gun,' I think people would be like, 'Wait a minute, really? Everybody? Are you sure?'"
"The more important a thing becomes, the more critical it is to understand why you exercise the right you exercise," Rowe said.
Principles are more of a vital issue than listening to celebrities, Rowe added.
"The short answer is, long term you should cast a vote in the way that best reflects your core principals, and right now nobody is talking about that."
The host also commented on the current political scene, saying the presidential election is "something that's more analogous to 'American Idol.'"
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