Palin speaks out after leaving Fox
January 27th, 2013
05:02 PM ET
9 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."

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“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. David

    Go away. Your 15 minutes are over.

    January 27, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  2. ambitoos

    I left also Sarah. You can't believe a word they say on that network. Might as well read the National Enquirer.

    January 27, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  3. GJGVT

    The three-question interview was published by Stephen K. Bannon, who directed a documentary about Palin called, "The Undefeated." <<– wow, that's a lot of answers for her to write on her hand!

    January 27, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  4. Rozzie

    If there ever was a true Dork,. it's that embarrassment of a vacant brain called Palin! Let's hope she goes back to Alaska & waves to Russia, never to emerge in politics again!

    January 27, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  5. JohnReedjr

    The more she speaks, the better for US liberals.

    January 27, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  6. SFC Mike


    Guess she's no longer a cash cow for Fox. They offered her a new contract – at much less money, in line with her declining audience.

    January 27, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  7. Bruce

    Good luck preaching to anyone other than your choir with your one-note, vacuous song of shallowness Sarah. You are on the margins of politics because you perfectly represent the most marginal, least educated citizens of our country.

    January 27, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  8. mdub3000

    Who is she "defending the republic" from? This is what I don't get about these people. Most of us want a more liberal America.

    January 27, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  9. Michael Chandler

    Why is anyone even allowing her the opportunity to speak? I think my IQ drops several points each time that I hear her spout her bumper sticker mentality.

    January 27, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  10. oldtimer

    Sorry Sarah, you are history. You were never a solid choice anyway but a token woman on a losing ticket from the get go. Sadly you probably set back the chance of a woman at the top of the ticket for either major party for several years. Hilllary Clinton may have a chance but doubt if has the stomach for it anymore. You and your family were damaged by your desire to be a celebrity so for your and their sake, keep quiet and out of the limelight. Your 15 minutes of fame are over and done with. Like so many others, you got used.

    January 27, 2013 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  11. myway

    Palin's fighting spirit could be seen as admirable. Unfortunately she represents the faction of the GOP which is spreading misinformation, misjudgment and misrepresentation of commonly known facts, aka the tea party. She is a role model of everything that's wrong with the GOP. Out of greed for votes the GOP invited the tea party to join them only to have them contaminate the usually disciplined GOP party message. Palin is wrong. The GOP does not need her help for the mid terms. If anything they should find a way to silence her until it's over. Getting off Fox is a good start, not that this alone would raise the content quality of Fox News very much. However, it's one loose cannon less out there.

    January 27, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  12. 21k

    funny how upset she would be if her tea party actually won broadly, and turned the country back to the 1800's. she knows it's all just a great scam for shills like her to make lotsa money.

    January 27, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  13. patrick

    I get the feeling she just picks resonant words or phrases and strings them together in political gibberish. None of this even makes sense.

    January 27, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  14. Dan

    This woman just won't die and go away.

    January 27, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  15. Andrew

    "I was raised to never retreat"

    Except as governor. Then it's fine to quit mid-term.

    What an empty vessel this woman is. And she has no clue how little she is respected.

    January 27, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  16. Andre

    She left because Fox isn't enough far right for her.

    January 27, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  17. Joe

    "the door is wide open" = I got nothin'.

    January 27, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  18. Homer10

    Oh, come on Sarah, run for President, please. I would so like to see you humiliate the Republicon party more than it already has been. It would be hilarious to see you run. It would make the 2016 election fun and entertaining. Also it would probably even give me a chance of winning if I ran.

    January 27, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  19. Erok

    A larger audience? The trouble with her is that her message has been rejected by most Americans. We are on to their nonsense.

    January 27, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  20. ML Erdman

    I guess the "choir" just wasn't feeding her ego enough. She is definitely one that wants and needs media attention . Maybe she is planning another reality show so we can all see Russia from her house. Have to give her credit though , she is talented at keeping her face out visible.

    January 27, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  21. flyonthewall

    This woman is kookie......It will be fun to watch her fall on her face yet again!! the GOP lost to voters that rejeted them, and her response is we need to go further to the right an the Party doesnt get that...WOW!! Even the GOP realize now that is not the answer......she allways has been irrellevant, but now even knowone will want to listen to her whine.

    January 27, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  22. It's simple, really

    I like Sarah. She makes me giggle.

    January 27, 2013 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  23. Tim

    Just go away you have no message, no party , no body thinks of you as any kind of force in this country.
    So please just go away.....

    January 27, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  24. Mitsy

    Or perhaps FOX really finally figured out she was even dumber than they thought & decided with their sinking ratings, they couldn't risk anymore embarrassment – that's my take on it.

    January 27, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. Hugh Mann

    still xenophobic after all these years...

    January 27, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
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