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. asdf

    >rather than "preach to the choir."
    Sarah your 15 minutes of fame are long past. You should have preached just a bit more to the choir and solicited more donations from the crazies because everyone else thinks you ride the short campaign bus.

    January 27, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Todd in DC

    Because quitting just comes so easily to her...

    January 27, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. mhklein

    "Haven't begun to fight." But Ms. Palin, you had all of 2012 to begin fighting. Why haven't you begun to fight? Is it because your position is weak to begin with?

    January 27, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. GTA

    This explanation reminds me of those instances in private industry where someone left in order to "pursue other interests".

    I suspect that Palin simply does not understand that she helped to establish the far right-wing of the GOP that simply became single-minded in their collective obsession to deny a second term to Barack Obama to the exclusion of the larger agenda and the national interest. Given this, coupled with the efforts of the more centric elements of the GOP, Palin will likely continue to find herself preaching to the choir, except that the choir will likely be much smaller.

    January 27, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. sbkilb

    Who does she think she is? She has no credibility, why does she think people care?She is so far out of the loop it is pathetic.I truly hpe that when Mccain retires(soon) he apologizes for inflicting this person on America

    January 27, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. Floydzepp

    I find it incredulous that I am the forst commenter on this text.

    January 27, 2013 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  7. donna in CO

    FOX News undoubtedly learned what we Alaskans have known for some time. Palin is LAZY when it comes to working and she's a quitter: 5 different colleges, quit the energy board half way through her term, quit the governorship half way through her term, and I'm willing to be she wasn't doing the job for FOX. Otherwise, why would they have lowered her salary so dramatically.
    Palin LOVES anything that draws attention to herself. We all saw how she loved the stage and the media.
    She did a great deal of damage to our state, the repercussions of which will be with us for many years to come. She's a train wreck!

    January 27, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  8. NY David

    She's a very smart, savvy person and I don't think the world has heard the last of her. She's smart enough to leave the party before the end. I alsoI think her message was just getting to be too tired. Just curious whom she's going to preach this message to, if not the choir.

    January 27, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. tina

    check was not big .

    January 27, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. Thomas More

    So CNN entitles "Hillary Clinton's exit interview" versus the negative"Why Sarah Palin left Fox" about – "why Hillary left Obama"?

    January 27, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. Locker

    Funny how the truth isn't mentioned anywhere in her comments. Fox wasn't willing to pay her huge salary any more as her stock has plummeted. She wouldn't take the drastic pay cut and that's the end.

    January 27, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. Middle of the Road

    Palin said she wants to share her values "more broadly" rather than "preach to the choir."
    OH GREAT!! Sarah the Sqwauk Box will be coming to a town near you!!! Her voice is nothing short of noise pollution.

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

    Well I have true hope - hope that she stays in Alaska and out of the media. And my message of liberty? Stop trying to impose your inane beliefs on me!!

    January 27, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  13. CB

    Thank goodness! This is the beginning of the end of seeing her!

    January 27, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. Mark

    *yawn*....Palin what? Eh, who cares.

    January 27, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  15. Mentallect

    Sarah Palin will cause serious problems for the GOP in 2014, and years to come.

    January 27, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  16. Jim Welters

    Sarah Palin is irrelevant. She's been revealed to be the Emperor's New Clothes.

    January 27, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  17. ATLJack

    Why would any sane person listen to Palin, who among other things did not know why there was a North and South Korea and that the Queen did not run England. (this information, by the way is from Republican operatives whose main goal in life is to elect Republicans).

    I have long admired Senator McCain but when he callously chose this willfully ignorant woman (who attend three different community colleges) it was a travesty for America.

    January 27, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  18. peter

    "i was raised to never retreat and to pick my battles wisely"

    She isn't a weak woman but i am glad she is not a general.

    January 27, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. Jeff O'Dette

    Good golly miss molly. When is this woman gonna go away.

    January 27, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. Johnjon

    please Mrs. Palin................. spare us.

    January 27, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  21. willam jay

    Don't go away mad. Just go away.

    January 27, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  22. GovtReform

    Let me be the first to say.....who cares! She is a natural born quitter.

    January 27, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. 6797777

    Quit the fight in Alaska . May she just fade away .

    January 27, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. Jim

    "all in due season?" I don't even know what that mixed(up) metaphore means.

    January 27, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  25. rs

    She can add this to her quitting the Governorship of AK.; quitting the Oil & Gas Commission halfway through her term. Although, I would think the low standards at Fox, that would have been the easy gig. Maybe it is a hopeful sign of the declining influence of the TEA Party.

    January 27, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
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