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. Richard L Smith

    Are you following this article for comments Sarah? THERE ARE NONE! Maybe it's the biased media a/o the millions of commenters (voters?) sitting this one out in total disgust. Maybe, just maybe.

    January 27, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Dannyboy

    Shut the heck up and go back to your double wide! Your 15 mins are WAY OVER!

    January 27, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. Brian

    Palin is accurate in assessing that Romney alienated core blocks of voters with his comment and perceived attitudes, however she is completely, irrationally, ludicrously incorrect when she says that her and McCain carried more of those voters. The McCain/Palin campaign got absolutely smoked by the Obama campaign and loss even worse than Romney did. Her assertion that her political ticket was stronger than Romney's in this area is inaccurate and laughable. Her well retread typical conservative Republican proposition that the problem is that we "were too moderate" holds no water.

    January 27, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. retief1954

    Always entertaining. Increasingly irrelevant. "The door is wide open" but it appears no one is showing up! “The message of liberty and true hope must be understood by a larger audience." Evidently she considers herself to be one of the "messengers" who needs to broaden and further our "understanding". Pretty good, huh? I'm glad she's found herself a new gig. The thing where she's a star point guard of the party, "passing the ball to help the team win" as she resigned as governor, didn't work out so well – she was sitting at the end of the bench, not getting any playing time. Poor dear.

    January 27, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. humanevolunteers

    Keep "preaching to the choir", Sarah. I don't think the rest of us are interested.

    January 27, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. Dave

    She sure does have a habit of quiting.

    January 27, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. peterrice

    Palin was fired from FOX News due to her very low ratings.

    January 27, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. Brandon

    I guess it's official now: her career is over.

    January 27, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. MarineVet

    "Raised to never retreat," but had no problem deciding to quit half-way through her term in office. How impressive.

    January 27, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. J mann

    She is so out of her league in the national political process that she has no clue that she is irrelevant. No serious political discussion about long term policy domestic or foreign would ever seek her views. She is so lost in a dream world of her importance to society that gps device and google maps would not be enough to find her way back to alaska! Go moose hunting and ice fishing and fade away! She left the governors office after 2yrs because of political ineptitude and lack of interest. Enough already go home and raise your kids and enjoy life in obscurity!

    January 27, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. courtenay craig

    Hate to tell you but the only audience you have is the choir. Nobody with any sense or intelligence cares what you have to say. You are the lowest common denominator. No intelliegnce, no class, no future in politics.

    January 27, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. craig

    I suspect she's going to discover that only the choir was listening to her, and some of them only because they had no other choice. Given the standing of Congress, and the GOP in particular, she's going to have a tough sell that hiring more of the same will create progress. Of course, she could emulate OJ and keep looking for those Death Panels. I think she'll find them right next to the WMD's in Iraq.

    January 27, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. stars

    This bimbo want stop until she has got all the money she can get from these old white men she can get. You go girl get all you can get. Find some old fools bump their heads girl you know how to play the game.

    January 27, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. notasterisk

    People, stop paying attention to her. There is nothing to see here. Or hear.

    January 27, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Peteyroo

    Why does anyone listen to Palin? She has nothing to say.

    January 27, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. noAd

    Let's just hope that now that she doesn't have any official mouthpiece - i.e., Fox - the other media will completely ignore her inanity and she'll just go far, far away to Alaska, and stay there forever.

    January 27, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  17. ironman59

    Why does anyone, anywhere in the world care what this woman thinks? She has been irrelevant since the day she was nominated for VP. She is still irrelevant today. Even worse, she can't hold her own family to the standards she wants applied to the rest of the country. It is time for her to simply go away – permanently.

    January 27, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. Pat

    When Fox News doesn't even want you, you know you're a true down and out loser!

    January 27, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. Good Stuff

    A step in the right direction for Fox News. Get stupid conservatives like Palin off the air. Next step ... Dump Hannity!

    January 27, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. Steve S

    I guess FOX NEWS just didn't appreciate her.....true genius!

    You believe that, right?

    January 27, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. ishiibrad

    Have you ever noticed it`s always someone or something else. It never has been about her. Thank you oh thank you she never became VP !

    January 27, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. bolankeith

    "I was raised to never retreat " – interesting. Did she also employ that belief when she quit her Governorship half way through her elected term to pursue more lucrative deals?

    January 27, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. BeverlyNC

    She won't be missed. The less extremist Republicans the better our nation will function, the better our Congress will work like to was intended. FOX still has more than enough twisted propagandists leading the ignorant to false information and bigoted views versus reality and facts.

    January 27, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  24. Hap

    She's going to reach a larger audiance by droping off the highest rated news station. Wow , I can't believe this person was considered VP material. She really is as depicted in "Game Change", completely delusional. It's starting to get sad.

    January 27, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. JCQueipo

    That's a LOT of bondo in her face

    January 27, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
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