Why Did Sarah Palin Leave FOX News?
(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.”