In an exclusive interview with Breitbart on Saturday, ex-Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin explained her decision to decline the renewal contract offered to her by Fox News last week.
“I’m taking my own advice here, as I free up opportunities to share more broadly the message of the beauty of freedom and the imperative of defending our republic and restoring this most exceptional nation. We can’t just preach to the choir; the message of liberty and true hope must be understood by a larger audience.”
Fox News is seen by many as a right-leaning news channel that has long been a favorite of Palin fans. Could she be encouraging them to jump ship as well?
“I encourage others to step out in faith, jump out of the comfort zone, and broaden our reach as believers in American exceptionalism. That means broadening our audience…. I know the country needs more truth-telling in the media, and I’m willing to do that.”
Palin made no secret of her disgust with the old guard GOP and a liberally-biased media that she found at fault for the 2012 election losses to the Democrats.
“Conservatism didn’t lose. A moderate Republican candidate lost, after he [alienated] 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. …We had an election defined by a biased media plus millions of voters who sat it out in disgust. As long as we allow the media and GOP establishment to tell us who our nominees must be, we can expect to lose.”
To her detractors, Palin was resolute in her fight for true conservatives like Texas Senator Ted Cruz, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer, all of who she helped get elected in 2012. Palin urged her fellow conservatives to focus their sights on the aging, out-of-touch GOP in the 2014 elections.
“…this time around, we need to shake up the GOP machine that…orchestrate[s] way too much of the will of constitutional conservatives who don’t give a hoot how they do it in DC. DC is out of touch, obviously. [We must] …come out strongly against the “go along to get along” politicians who wave the white flag before the battle even begins. [We can’t] …advance the cause of limited constitutional government unless we deal with these big government enablers on our side… and the permanent political class in the Beltway.”
Palin highlighted the sorry state of our economy in President Obama’s second term, yet she remained confident in her vision for a better future.
“Already we see higher taxes, a stagnant economy, the same inflationary monetary policies, Obamacare looming like a dark cloud over small businesses, yet another demand for “debt ceiling” increases, continued stonewalling about the tragic Benghazi attacks, a Secretary of Defense nominee who has a history of being antagonistic to our ally Israel, and the attack on our Second Amendment rights by an administration that has no respect for the Constitution or the separation of powers. I was raised to never retreat and to pick battles wisely, and all in due season. When it comes to defending our republic, we haven’t begun to fight! But we delight in those who underestimate us.”
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