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. GBfromOhio

    Yep, that is exactly what the GOP needs to do Governor Palin, stick to an anti-female reproductive rights, anti-immigrants, anti-voter, anti-social security and medicare, anti-collective bargaining, anti-gun control platform. It worked so well in the last election. Yeah, if only Rick Santorum had been nominated, you guys would have won by a landslide LOL.

    January 27, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. noteasilyswayed

    Ha, ha, ha..... she's not wanted even by Fox News..... hopefully she'll realize that her time has come and gone and that she's only relevant to very few people.

    January 27, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. rob

    The quitter strikes again....

    January 27, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. Double Pulsars

    "....she wants to share her values "more broadly" rather than "preach to the choir."

    In other words: She knows that there are regular run-of-the-mill nutjobs out there that she can convert into teaparty nutjobs by simply spouting her nonsense.

    January 27, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. John

    Palin the Undefeated? What happened to Palin the Quitter-in-Chief?

    January 27, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. ToldUso

    A broader audience?? Foxbots are her ONLY audience. She'll be surprised by all the empty chairs at her upcoming speeches.

    January 27, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. Aezel

    "the election was “defined by a biased media plus millions of voters who sat it out in disgust.”"

    Don't worry honey. If you had been on the ticket again million MORE would have sat it out in disgust.

    January 27, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. Doug Nissing

    Does this woman ever keep a commitment to anything (resignation from Gov, now this)? If I were Todd I'd be a little nervous

    January 27, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. David

    She was "raised to never retreat and to pick battles wisely". I think she forgot to mention being a quitter.

    January 27, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. Jack

    Psychosis at it's best. Fight for ideals that give corporations more power than the government, go Palin and your republic may all the people why's votes you get never see your obvious plan. (the rest of us can see the over $2 billion a small handful of business have pumped into the tea party and the republican party.) Smaller government means a power vacuum, hmm wonder who will grab it? It wouldn't be all the companies campaigning for smaller government would it, no one will see that huh? **big eye roll**

    January 27, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. TPF

    Lady, no one cares, just as long as you're gone!

    January 27, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. Jim Straub

    God, I am sick and tired of Sarah Palin and her whole crew. She is nothing more than a beauty queen and THAT IS IT!. I lost all respect for McCain when he brought HER on the scene. Thank GOD in heaven that duo did not get elected.

    January 27, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. Independent Thinker

    When will this woman realize she is totally irrelevant.

    January 27, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. biff mcguzzle

    I would love to see Sarah Palin run against Hillary Clinton for President in 2016.

    January 27, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. Socalmcgraw

    The broadest audience she had was as VP candidate and it's been down hill after that.

    January 27, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Mike

    I've seen this movie "Dumb and Dumber."

    January 27, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. steve

    Boy, she's looking tough – might want to update some makeup artists so she doesn't look like a hag, lol

    January 27, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. truthandbeauty

    "I was raised to never retreat and to pick battles wisely"
    Clearly quitting all your jobs before they were over not included.

    January 27, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. America

    The only problem with Palin's plan is that nobody cares what she "thinks" outside of her choir of conservative chickenhawks. Stupid is as Sarah does.

    January 27, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. winchester74

    Fox dumped Sarah Palin and Glen Beck because they were too intellectual for the Fox News viewers.

    January 27, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Name lynn

    who cares about palin leaving a talk show, she was getting much attention anyway. what the heck.

    January 27, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. happyfrenchman

    Delusional as ever....I was expecting some insight... but there seems to be little.

    January 27, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. Natalie

    No actually, the door is closed, Sarah. You are done. All you can do is preach to your choir; no one else with even a pinch of brain cells would listen your BS. Go home and stay home, or stick with reality tv; plays more to your intelligence level.

    January 27, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. Jose Jusino

    She does not have a clue........enough said......

    January 27, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  25. happyfrenchman

    No insight..... she talks as if conservatism was not in the fight... but conservatism was in the primary and got beat by the moderate.... so if she is preaching to the choir, the choir was not hearing her. And I doubt a wider audience will embrace her nonsense either.

    January 27, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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