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. Thomas

    I was raised to never retreat and to pick battles wisely, and all in due season," she said.
    Palin was not specific about her long-term plans, saying "the door is wide open."

    Sarah Palin / Louie Gohmert 2016
    "When it comes to defending our republic, we haven’t begun to fight!

    January 27, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. ruetienne

    A legend in her own mind! No one had even heard of the half term governor until McCain saw her as a game changer. He was right. Obama won two terms. Thanks Sarah...please stick around.

    January 27, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  3. BigdaddyUSA

    Please run for President in 2016. We could all use a good laugh!

    January 27, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  4. jimranes

    Palin is such an talking points trite bozo. She should try to keep her mouth shut so she would sound so stupid.

    January 27, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. NY Rep

    I'm a Republican and would have voted for McCain in 2008 until he picked Palin and I got to listen to her. It was easy to tell she was under educated and not very bright. She like a parrot who learns a statement and can repeat it over and over.

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

    "When it comes to defending our republic, we haven’t begun to fight!" Maybe a presidential election would have been a good time to start then. But hey, that's just me. Sounds like someone who can't admit that a fight was lost.

    January 27, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. pflatman

    There is no such thing as an "anti-establishment" conservative. They ALL rely on the establishment, whether it's getting elected with big donor help, schmoozing with Wall Street and innumerable lobbyists, counting on government assistance in some way or another, and spending tax dollars from any number of sources (feds, state, county, etc.).

    A moderate conservative in the Republican party? Now that would be something!

    Sarah just needs to wobble back to Alaska, stay put, and preach to her own choir.

    January 27, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. sidprejean

    In her hands, a word processor is indistinguishable in result from a food processor.

    January 27, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. ted

    Values? Sarah, you have values? You and Todd and Sprig or Trig or Willow or whoever have values? Sure you do. CAn ya just go back to Wasilla to your doublewide and snow,mobiles and all your nonsense and stay there. Your 15 minutes of fame were up years ago.

    January 27, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. reply

    Am I spelling Fruitcake correctly? I'm a life-long Republican and has voted each presidential election for the GOP (except BUsh in 2004–but didn't vote for Kerry either). The GOP has lost its way–it's radical too far right. (Just as the DNC is radical to far left.) The problem with both parties is there are no great statesmen/women that care about this great nation–only care about their parties' agenda and re-election and the 'base.'. Pity our children and grandchildren that will end up far worse off then us because of decisions being made today by both parties. (And, yes I can't spell worth a darn.)

    January 27, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. DocHollywood

    "I was raised to never retreat and to pick battles wisely...." I guess that's why she quit instead of retreating in Alaska. My only hope is that the republican party somehow, someway ends up picking her to be it's presidential candidate next time. Then the party will pretty much cease to exist.

    January 27, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  12. The Other Dale

    “The message of liberty and true hope must be understood by a larger audience."

    Sarah, it is. That's why you were stuck on Fox News.

    "I was raised to never retreat and to pick battles wisely –"

    –and quit when I feel like things are getting tough. Yes, we know, Sarah, we know.

    January 27, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  13. al

    maybe she left because she quits everything – what a loser

    January 27, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. nothing new here

    Palin would have been better off "preaching to the choir". Who else is going to listen to this woman?

    January 27, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. solowd

    Translation: She left because they weren't coughing up enough cash.

    January 27, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. Log Cabin

    Funny, Fox says they dropped her!

    January 27, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. Dave - Phx

    ROFL even the idiots on Fox wont listen to her anymore, so she needs to find a new audience.

    January 27, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  18. w5cdt

    Go away Sarah. You have no wisdom for either party.

    January 27, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. Sailor Wolf

    I can't believe it... the story has been posted for 4 hours and the first comment comes from a Canadian, who wonders ?Has Palin finally lost her shine?" That nobody cares to comment anymore ? :P

    January 27, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. Jack

    If this is the best the republicans have, this conservative is not impressed.

    January 27, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  21. plain&simple

    She was raised to never retreat....but quitting is another thing. No real point in being Governor I guess. She is using the infrastructure of the republican party to build her own version and moderates would be wise to turn out in big numbers in the primaries or lose their party to the extreme. Soon the teapub's will be talking about martyrs for the cause and rewards of God knows what!! I think you become what you hate and the extreme right is sure making a good argument for this saying!!!

    January 27, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  22. w5cdt

    Go away Sarah. You have no wisdom for either side.

    January 27, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  23. coderjones

    Palin Please, Please Go Back To Alaska – And Stay There!

    January 27, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  24. Tony in Maine

    Palin is the PT Barnum of our age – she's selling snake oil to the gullible.

    January 27, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  25. Chad

    Go Sarah Palin. Go with the force.

    January 27, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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