Former Alaska governor and Republican Party 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, said on Fox News Channel Saturday that she and conservative speaker Mark Levin, were open to the idea of leaving the Republican Party to form the 'Freedom Party.'
Speaking in response to a Twitter question, Palin threatened that she and others may soon part ways with the GOP if the party continues to "back away" from the conservative principles that built what she described as the "party of Lincoln and Reagan."
She said (see video): "I love the name of that party — the 'Freedom Party.' And if the GOP continues to back away from the planks in our platform, from the principles that built this party of Lincoln and Reagan, then yeah, more and more of us are going to start saying, 'You know, what’s wrong with being independent,' kind of with that libertarian streak that much of us have. In other words, we want government to back off and not infringe upon our rights. I think there will be a lot of us who start saying 'GOP, if you abandon us, we have nowhere else to go except to become more independent and not enlisted in a one or the other private majority parties that rule in our nation, either a Democrat or a Republican.' Remember these are private parties, and you know, no one forces us to be enlisted in either party."
Palin's statement reflects the growing rift between moderates and ultra-conservative Tea Party nationalists in the Republican Party.
During the three-day Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference, she lashed out at the "good ole boys" in Congress, accusing them of calling on conservatives to tone down their rhetoric. She said: "You do not marginalize, you don't discredit and dismiss, every day average hard-working Americans - those who are part of that grass-roots tea party movement. Just let them tell us to sit down and shut up, which I refuse to do."
She has dished out harsh words to two leading GOP presidential hopefuls. During the Faith and Freedom Coalition's conference, she attacked Jeb Bush's infamous "immigrants are more fertile" argument in support of immigration reform, saying: "I think it’s kind of dangerous territory, territory to want to debate this whole one race’s fertility rate over another, and I say this from someone who’s kind of fertile herself. I don’t think that’s where we want to go in deciding how will we incentivize the hardworking responsible families who want to live in the light, follow the law, become Americans, versus those whose very first act on our soil is to break the law? There are different ways that we can debate this."
Palin, a vocal opponent of immigration reform, which she describes as "amnesty for illegals," also recently criticized Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla) over his immigration reform efforts, suggesting that he had sold out on core conservative principles. She posted a tweet that said: "'Obama Calls Rubio to Congratulate Him on Immigration Reform'... Hope it was worth 30 pieces of silver."
Her "Judas" comment came on Friday after Senate passed the immigration reform bill 68-32 Thursday.
Digital Journal reported that Palin recently signed back on as contributor to Fox after she left in January. She had worked with the organization for three years as a contributor.
Fox News' Roger Ailes, said in a statement before her first appearance after she left Fox in January: "I've had several conversations with Governor Palin in the past few weeks about her rejoining FOX News as a contributor. I have great confidence in her and am pleased that she will once again add her commentary to our programming. I hope she continues to speak her mind."