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. An American

    Soooo.... that would be two high profile jobs Palin has quit huh? Quitting must be a conservative value...Maybe now we won't be subjected to here drivel? Please?

    January 27, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  2. Jerome Horowitz

    It's five hours after this story was posted, and there are no comments (except this one).
    Ms. Palin – it's time to go home, and stay there.
    Thankfully, your 15 minutes are over.

    January 27, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    what did she contribute, horse radish

    January 27, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. Nero

    I really cannot stand this woman. She truly thinks she knows what is best for this country, but she doesn't.

    January 27, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. lee

    she is embarrassing

    January 27, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. bppack

    still one of the dumbest individuals on the planet.

    January 27, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  7. Pete/Ark

    I admit at the outset that I did NOT read one word of the story...after all,who would believe anything that dingbat said ?

    January 27, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  8. Mike

    Let's hope her 15 minutes of fame are up and she can spend her time fishing in Alaska, where she can keep a watch on Russia for us

    January 27, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. don

    Please just go away! LOL. You are not a smart lady at all, and have nothing to offer the GOP or anyone else. Moving on.

    January 27, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  10. tony

    Amazing how there are some people who just can't stop wanting to control everyone else's lives.

    January 27, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  11. Gone

    No where to go now.

    January 27, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  12. Jerry

    She had bigger balls then all the rest of the men there!

    January 27, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  13. bppack

    and it will be John McCain's lasting legacy, above all else, that he dragged this fool out out of the obscurity she so richly deserved. it cost him the presidency but even that is not punishment enough.

    January 27, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  14. Sensible Guy

    why does she keep coming back ? why people even ask her questions? why in the world, anyone even care for her opinion? why can't she just go away?

    January 27, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. dude7

    Palin/Bachmann 2016

    January 27, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. yardlady

    No one is really interested in a has been and one who knows so little of geography. With your non-skills, your job choices
    are limited. You can talk, but you don't say anything.

    January 27, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  17. Alina77

    She probably saw Dick Armey grabbing 8 million from the Tea party leaders (just to shut up), and sought that she can be money grabbing Dick Armey as well. All you have to do is to be a spokeswoman for the Tea Party.

    January 27, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  18. mdn

    So much dumb, so little time.

    January 27, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  19. Matt

    "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,"

    Someone tell her that denial isn't just a river she can see from her home in Alaska please? As if going further to the right is going to magically deliver working class democrats to the shrinks dinky tent? Insane...

    January 27, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  20. roooodi

    no one cares. buh bye palin

    January 27, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. Namesgrier

    I believe that palin is under estimating the population that turned out in 2012 the sleeping giant is awake...they know now that their vote can change things...we are waiting for the tea party this time! We are going to tell them where they can take their yelling and screaming and hate. So Plain get ready can't wait to show you gow irrelevant you are.

    January 27, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. Max in AZ

    Funny that there are no responses. Palin is and will be a non-story for years.

    January 27, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  23. Pablo695

    Title correction, "Palin speaks out after being fired from Fox NOISE".

    Palin continues to spew her mindless dribble of irrelevancy. Fox NOISE saw the writing on the wall and took out the trash. If we are lucky, the clueless twit Palin will fade in the sunset...

    January 27, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  24. Eioljg

    Am I impressed? NO

    January 27, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  25. Suzanna

    This woman needs help. So very delusional and pathetic.

    January 27, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
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