Palin speaks out after leaving Fox
January 27th, 2013
05:02 PM ET
2 years 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. UncleBenny

    Palin was not specific about her long-term plans, saying "the door is wide open."

    Yes, the door is wide open. Please exit.

    January 27, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. spock500

    It sounds like Ms. Palin is channeling her inner John Paul Jones.

    January 27, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. Robert Platt Bell

    Flavor of the month went too sour even for Fox. Bu-Bye!

    January 27, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. Bee

    Continues to fade away as she should..Sarah who? Doesn't matter really. Goodbye.

    January 27, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. Robert Platt Bell

    Funny thing, the previous post about Hillary has dozens of comments. This posting about Palin has none, as they are all being "moderated".

    Funny thing.

    January 27, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. mittens

    I thought she was Ann Coulters older sister.

    January 27, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  7. Dan

    I really don't think anyone underestimates the pure stupidity of this woman and the group she wants to represent, I would truly hope that the grown ups in the republican party will soon take over and put their mentally disturbed cousins back in the padded room.

    January 27, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  8. Rino

    She got fired! Because of being so irrelevant.

    January 27, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    She was FIRED!!! When your contract is cut from a million dollars to $50K they're telling you buh-bye! Don't let the door hit you in the ass and turn in your badge on the way out.

    SHE WAS CANNED!

    January 27, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. Seth Simon

    So even Fox got tired of her inane memorized nonsensical sound bites. Good riddance

    January 27, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. joel palmer

    She was sacked... canned... axed.... fired

    January 27, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. laff riot

    Sarah is leaving Fox because she is irrelevant to any political ends for the Republican party. Her time at Fox proved that she has always been irrelevant to any intellegent political discourse. Maybe she should join the staff at The Onion. Then we can all enjoy her buffoonery without having to pretend that she's anything but comic relief...

    January 27, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  13. joel palmer

    Fox cut her salary from a million to peanuts; it was their way of saying... GET LOST

    January 27, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. hobe

    Values. She has no moral compass!

    January 27, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  15. JACK TORS

    Will this woman EVER go away?

    January 27, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  16. juli

    Why is this woman given an inch of air time?

    January 27, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  17. andtheslitheytoves

    Yeah, right. Go, Sara.

    January 27, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. Jo Ann

    "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....

    Yet, whatever one might say about turnout, Romney actually had a better showing against Obama than did McCain/Palin 4 years ago. The Republican party must moderate, at least on certain issues, or it is doomed.

    January 27, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  19. W2R

    What a lightweight! You go girl! This attitude will ensure another Democratic victory in the 2014 elections!

    January 27, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    THe less we hear from her the better. She has nothing intelligent to offer. Her background doesn't show enough experience, and her educational expierence doesn't show that she really understands.

    January 27, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  21. Ray

    McCain says, finally. Go away and stay away.

    She'll host G. Becks show when hes on vacation.

    January 27, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  22. bIGBEAR

    More like the un-veted un elected, and the " Useless"!1

    January 27, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  23. Moles

    Blah blah blah etc. and so forth.

    January 27, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  24. Dan

    *sigh* She's as delusional as ever. Good to know some things will never change :)

    January 27, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  25. Dont matter

    This woman is certifiably insane.

    January 27, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
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