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. TruthInATL

    "I was raised to never retreat"... Ummm... except for that matter of quitting the governorship.

    January 27, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. Yeoomala

    Time to take your meds Sarah.... you shouldn't stop taking them.

    January 27, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. MashaSobaka

    Yes, keep pushing the GOP to the extreme. That'll make for a sure win for Democrats.

    January 27, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. mike

    Thank god she's gone...for the moment. she won't be able, for long, to stand not hearing her own voice and illogical thoughts.

    January 27, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. Ideas, Ideals, not ideologies

    The truth always comes out. There you have it right from the horses mouth. Palin says that working for Fox is preaching to the choir and that she wants to take her message to a wider audience. Fox audience gets told what they want hear.

    January 27, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. Drew

    STAY away get a education PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 27, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  7. TheBlarging

    "I was raised to never retreat", says the woman who couldn't make it through a full term as governor.

    January 27, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  8. Tychi

    Ok, it has been so nice to have some time without the name Palin showing up. Please refrain from any more articles or news about Palin and give us peace.

    January 27, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. Adam

    She is over. And the Republican party will soon be over if they don't heed the words of Bobby Jindal and others among them who have criticized them harshly.

    January 27, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. Bob

    Translation: "Fox wasn't going to pay me Jack."

    January 27, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  11. mario

    thank god by the way she was fired :))

    January 27, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. john reuter

    Please just dig yourself a hole and don't come out ! No one gives a rat's ass about your pea brain thoughts or opinions, even pitiful Fox.

    January 27, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. Bill Clay

    Sarah, you have become irrelevant. Deal with it.

    January 27, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  14. JohnRJohnson

    Nothing this woman says can be believed. About anything. She's pathological.

    January 27, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  15. Will S

    She really cakes on the makeup. I bet I could write my initials in her foundation material with my fingernail.

    January 27, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  16. yanni

    You are looking at John McCain legacy

    January 27, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. Evergreen

    2014 – Establishment conservatives vs Anti-establishment conservatives. This should be fun.

    January 27, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. Bito

    Palin is a certified NUT, She still want`s to be in the spotlight, She is irrevelant in politics, even the GOP doesn`t want her, she need`s to go away just like Allen West, another nut from so many in the RETHUGLICAN party.

    January 27, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. Hillcrester

    I heard she would be writing for The Onion.

    January 27, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. Alan1234

    Sarah can put whatever spin she cares to on this, but Fox dumped her because her 15 minutes are up.

    January 27, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. jfc1

    wow I can't wait to vote for an anti-establishment conservative!

    January 27, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. Joe Saunders

    Palin should give everybody a rest. Park her views permamnently as her insanity increases with her every move. No one cares!

    January 27, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  23. Speak The Truth

    Actually she was fired because she kept going off script, when Fox realized that she wasn't able to speak intelligently they started to script her words....notice she reads everything...even the questions. But she is stubborn and wanted to ask questions. I heard the interviews went so bad...with some of the guests stunned by her lack of awareness that the managers got tired of fighting her. They begged fox to cut her loose. Notice how Palin created a story that she wants all of America to hear her. Good luck with that. She's only doomed her career.

    January 27, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  24. section9

    Wow. In before the Troll Horde of Palin Haters? Good interview over at Breitbart.

    January 27, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  25. JohnRJohnson

    Nothing that this woman says is true. It is all self-serving whack-a-mania. Hopefully, now, she will fade into the mist of history, never to be seen or heard from again.

    January 27, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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