Palin speaks out after leaving Fox
January 27th, 2013
05:02 PM ET
1 year ago

Palin speaks out after leaving Fox

(CNN) - One day after Fox News confirmed that it and Sarah Palin had parted ways, the former Alaska governor spoke out Saturday on why she decided to leave her gig as a paid contributor.

In an interview with the conservative news outlet Breitbart, Palin said she wants to share her values "more broadly" rather than "preach to the choir."

“The message of liberty and true hope must be understood by a larger audience," she said.

Palin's contract ended at the end of 2012, but a source close to Palin told CNN that the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee turned down a recent offer to renew it.

Palin said the 2014 mid-term elections will be "imperative" and advocated for who she described as anti-establishment conservatives.

"It’s going to be like 2010, but this time around, we need to shake up the GOP machine that tries to orchestrate away too much of the will of constitutional conservatives who don’t give a hoot how they do it in D.C.," she said.

Palin was not specific about her long-term plans, saying "the door is wide open." The three-question interview was published by Stephen K. Bannon, who directed a documentary about Palin called, "The Undefeated."

The Republican National Committee gathered last week for its winter meeting, where several GOP leaders argued the party needed to make serious changes in messaging and outreach to become more inclusive. Last year's presidential election results show that President Barack Obama overwhelmingly won African Americans, Asians and Latinos.

Palin, however, said some in the party are being "skittish" because of the election results.

"They shouldn’t be. Conservatism didn’t lose. A moderate Republican candidate lost after he was perceived to alienate working class Reagan Democrat and independent voters who didn’t turn out for him as much as they did for the McCain/Palin ticket in 2008," she said, adding the election was “defined by a biased media plus millions of voters who sat it out in disgust.”

Asked for her reaction to the idea that she and the tea party no longer hold as much sway, Palin said the fight hasn't even begun.

"I was raised to never retreat and to pick battles wisely, and all in due season," she said. "When it comes to defending our republic, we haven’t begun to fight! But we delight in those who underestimate us."

– CNN’s Ashley Killough, Gregory Wallace and Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


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soundoff (326 Responses)
  1. Liz the First

    But dear Sarah, the Kool-Aid swilling choir are the only ones who listen to your nonsense. the rest of us know better. just go back to your trailer park and shut up! your fifteen minutes are up.

    January 27, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. DonkeyParty

    When will this sorry excuse for a republican go away? Sarah your tea party is over go home and plant a garden or something please!

    January 27, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. RINO Bill

    I applied the Star Trek Universal Translator to Ms. Palin's comment and came up with, "Fox wouldn't pay me what I want, so I am going to try and get a gig at CNN." As far as I am concerned, she would be a great replacemnt for Piers Morgan, not to mention being a great improvement as well.

    January 27, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. RomneyWho

    McCain . . . Why, why, why did you do this to America ? Was being the president of these United States of America that important to you that you would selfishly unleash The Kraken? :(

    January 27, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. rof

    MCcain loss all because of her and we all know that. and up to now she cant even talk to the people, who ever are making she know that the party need to change are doing a better job then her, they are the people that the party need now,

    January 27, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin is truly mistaken if she believes that her brand of Conservatism will have appeal among a broader audience. She is one of the reasons why the Republican brand is tarnished. What comes out of her is so ridiculous and insidious that only the extreme conservative wing of the party finds any meaning or value.

    January 27, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Mark

    Oh my God! She clueless. Share her values "more broadly?" Her "values" are why the Republicans lost the election and why more Americans voted for Democratic candidates for congress (their nasty redistricting scheme saved them). State lawmakers will go next. For the good of her party, she needs to "zip it," and just fade away into the dust bin of history!

    January 27, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Bill in Florida

    So the quitta from Wasilla thinks that sensible people - those who DON'T watch Faux News - are going to listen to her all of sudden? Wow, she's even more delusional than I thought.

    January 27, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. ole Greg

    Palin speaks out after leaving Fox. Who cares?

    January 27, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. linda

    So NOT relevent........she is a has been.....don't need her and don't want her......she will continue to make the republican party a losing party........

    January 27, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. HapHak

    Why is this stupid woman still being given a platform to espouse her non-sense.

    January 27, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. snowdogg

    "we delight in those who underestimate us"

    It is impossible to underestimate you.

    January 27, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Alaskim

    Really, Sarah. Stay home, take care of your children and quit embarrassing Alaskans.

    January 27, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. Jan

    Oh I love it! Palin will bring out the tea partiers, and the GOP will be split once again,

    January 27, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Smeagel4T

    Translation: She thinks she can make more money working the yacky-yak circuit.

    January 27, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. DrIncognitus

    "I was raised to never retreat". I guess retreating is different to quitting.

    January 27, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. Scott Pa

    Bwahahahahaha!
    Ok ok seriously...
    I hope she is VERY public in her endorsements! It will be the touch of death for her fellow teapublicans in 2014!

    January 27, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. John

    If Saran Palin start talking for the Republican party, than they will not have a chance. Saran Palin doesn't realize that the TEA PARTY Is Dying and all she will do Is kill It all together. The American People just want Saran Palin to go Far,Far,Far away and never to return.

    January 27, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. Don Smith

    "Also, I am not revalant anymore" Palin stated.

    January 27, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  20. mack

    Just go away Palin

    January 27, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  21. nvmature

    She and Fox parted ways because she wanted more money than they thought her irrelevant self was worth. As far as "preaching to the choir," conservatives have only one song to sing. It is in the key of stupidity with lyrics of racism, sexism, and bigotry with most songs ballads of fear and lies. And Sarah Palin is the lead soprano-always in bad voice.

    January 27, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  22. MagicPanties

    As if the "lamestream" media is going to hire this doofus.
    I love it.
    Yes, the GOP is steadily advancing to the dustbin of history.

    January 27, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. Shardik

    Obviously, following her apprenticeship at FOX she's hoping to score a seat in the House.

    January 27, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. doug the slug

    Yeah, never retreat, except from your job as governor.

    January 27, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. Dave, CA

    Wants to "share her values" more broadly. ROFL. Whatever Mrs Quitter. Translation- She wants to dumb things down even more than FOX "news" will let her. So they canned her idiot keister.

    January 27, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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