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. Johnny

    " ... we delight in those who underestimate us." – Palin

    She sounds like a very delightful person.

    January 27, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. Just say No

    Please Sarah just go away !!!!!

    January 27, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. Michael

    She can spin this any way she wants, but Fox realized she's a hasbeen and that her 15 minutes were up a while ago. She can scream and claw to try to stay in the limelight all she wants to, but she's headed the way of Paris Hilton. Good riddance. And her anti-establishment crap is a joke... you don't get more of a cookie cutter nutjob repub than Sarah Palin.

    January 27, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  4. Enoch

    "Never retreat and choose battles wisely." Only a Palin would see these thoughts as convergent.

    January 27, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. Richard Ryder

    When will this sad sack of a woman understand...no one cares about what she thinks or say? She has made her bed and now refuses to sleep in it. She is worthless and is not relevant, and never has been. She lucked out because some drones at Fox thought she was the right engine to hitch onto, but that engine soon ran out of steam. Clearly, she has nothing to offer and was toothless during the GOP campaign. She and her other Palin losers should just pack up and go home....she fooled some Americans, but thankfully not all of us. We saw through her veneer right at the start when she was so translucent in those early interviews. A sad woman who has lost her pulpit and now her way.

    January 27, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. Thinkergal

    Who other than Fox is going to give her a pulpit? She and her entire silly family are consigned to the dustbin of history.

    January 27, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  7. Jon

    I bet McCain still has to fight the urge to strangle her.

    January 27, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. ObaWendon

    I sure hope we don't have to listen to her again. It has been nice without her being front page news lately.

    January 27, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. paul

    "I was raised never to retreat...". She couldn't even finish her term as a governor. Why is this bimbo getting all this press coverage anyways? Perhaps a slow hews week?

    January 27, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. Logic N LA

    Does this mean we will have to hear her even when we choose not to by avoiding FAOX?

    January 27, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. works4me

    Yea... they offered her $47500 so she would have some idea of what the 99% of Americans make.

    January 27, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. joe

    I don't think its possible to underestimate her....

    January 27, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. harry taylor

    "Preach to the Choir" was her reason. I hope they don't plan on taking a love offering. She wouldn't get enough money to buy a small cola.

    January 27, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. 3vilmonkey

    This woman is beyond pathetic. Fox News is beyond pathetic. Kind of like a skunk in a garbage dump... they couldn't live together forever..

    January 27, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. Inthemiddle

    Enough already, be gone with you..

    January 27, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. Rick

    Hah, she's a s dumb as ever. She doesn't realize that the only people even remotely interest in what she has to say ARE the choir? And that that choir is approaching zero in number? Her day has passed, time to accept it Tina...er...Sarah.

    January 27, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. Bob

    Oh, good. Trying to take her idiocy viral. Just what we need.

    January 27, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. phillin

    she was fired for being stupid

    January 27, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. Squigman

    Just try to keep her mouth shut. It'll never happen, regardless of how much we'd like to try. Anyone else would get the message. They'd be embarrassed, but not Sarah. She's gonna make you listen, even if it makes no sense whatsoever. She's perfection. Every time she walks past a mirror, it gets a little kiss.

    January 27, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. seneca16@hotmail.com

    Never retreat and pick your battles wisely, typical palin stupidity.

    January 27, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. motoxdoc

    She makes it sound like she was through with Fox when in reality Fox was probably through with her.....as is the rest of the nation. The comedy world thanks you for your gift Sen. McCain, but the rest of us are not so happy with your choice(s).

    January 27, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. michael

    I think Sarah was having too much trouble spelling 'X' when she signed her paychecks.

    January 27, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  23. dapace

    Wow. This story has been up for 3 hours and no comments? Hope that means she really is irrelevant, not to mention delusional.

    January 27, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  24. mailani

    Her declining popularity is a good sign for America, spiritually, morally, and intellectually. Travel abroad, grow tired of answering the question "what were you Americans thinking?", and you will realize just how much of a joke, this woman truly is. John McCain questioned the intelligence of Susan Rice for poor judgement. Really? The same old frustrated out-of-touch dimwit that picked this woman as his VP candidate? Hilarious.

    January 27, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. jeff cox

    Words cannot adequately express the degree to which I despise this woman.

    January 27, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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