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. Paul

    Sarah, just stay in Alaska. There must be a few people up there that will listen to you. You had your 15 minutes of fame and made a lot of money from a bunch of fools that were willing to pay you. Consider yourself lucky and move on.

    January 27, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  2. Ed Zepp

    Bobby Jindahl and others want the GOP to "stop being the party of stupid."
    Well, the Stupid need not feel leaderless when there are people like Palin...more than happy to tell them what they want to hear, no matter how false they know it to be.

    January 27, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  3. Henry

    Go away, you loser. You are SO 2008.

    January 27, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  4. luke,az

    She is a quitter.

    January 27, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  5. basedonfact

    For someone who says never retreat she sure spends a lot of time quitting and retreating

    January 27, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  6. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Nobody cares why Palin left the Republican News Network!!!

    January 27, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  7. CTYank

    In other words, there's gold in them thar hills! Opportunist gold-digger.

    There's no university that'd have her? No think-tank?

    January 27, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  8. Zwei Stein

    Why don't you run Sarah. Call yourself the Tea Party Candidate instead of the Republican candidate.

    January 27, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  9. Brian from Chicago

    We wouldn't know the message of liberty and true hope without you, Sarah. How you managed to squeak that sound byte though the biased media, I'll never know.

    (Yes, I'm being sarcastic. If her message is buried in her avalanche books, my mother hasn't found it yet. And where would she be without this biased media she constantly blames? SP is to politics what the Kardashians are to entertainment.)

    January 27, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  10. Brian from Chicago

    Sorry, "avalance of books". Had a "North Korean allies" moment there.

    January 27, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  11. Sham

    "I was raised to never retreat and to pick battles wisely". Contradicting herself...Palin at her best...

    January 27, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  12. Jupitom

    LOL – I don't know why I bothered to read this – Like most of America I am happy to see her fade away, but I had to laugh that NOBODY commented yet and I am reading this 7 hours after it was posted – awesome!

    January 27, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  13. sunnyjim

    so why does anybody care about what this nut job has to say. she quit on the people of Alaska. go talk to he trees

    January 27, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  14. WhereIsPalin

    By 2014 no one will ever admit they ever supported her.

    January 27, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  15. Doc Ock

    Wow...and the crazy train rolls on. Romeny is a "moderate"? He's actually a rich white elitist and was the GOP poster boy until he lost. And "raised to never retreat?" You mean like quitting your job as Governor in the middle of your term? Palin is even too crazy now to even be on Fox.

    January 28, 2013 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  16. Reggie from LA

    Brilliant. Just brilliant. Just keep giving her money and air time. She'll give ya' a show. What is it? 110K a pop, plus other perks to her? People pay that kind of money for this rhetoric? A 3-question interview? Brilliant. She has it her way.

    January 28, 2013 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  17. catsnake

    judging from the lack of comments no one cares?

    January 28, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  18. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    Some people just can't tell when it's time to leave the stage. Bye bye, Sarah. The applause has stopped, and your 15 minutes of fame are long over! No one is listening to you anymore, and the Tea Party is dying - thank goodness!

    January 28, 2013 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  19. Dave in Arizona

    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."

    So she's basically admitting that FOX is biased and targets conservatives specifically. Nice.

    January 28, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  20. sqeptiq

    The CNN news team has a serious problem with reality when it refers to Breitbart as a "news outlet." Breitbart is a propaganda outlet to make Joseph Goebbels seem like an amateur.

    January 28, 2013 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  21. David

    She has been more damaging to the Republican party than any one single thing.

    January 28, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  22. Charles

    She was raised to never retreat? That explains why she resigned as governor then I guess. Her job was done, regardless of her oath of office.

    January 28, 2013 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  23. NanookoftheNorth

    You go girl !

    January 28, 2013 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  24. rehabmax

    Wow, the more she talks the less she says. Always good for,comic relief . You gotta love Sarah Palin.

    January 28, 2013 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  25. Getoverit

    It's about time! We haven't had a Palin bashing session for weeks!

    January 28, 2013 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
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