Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said she would consider leaving the Republican Party and creating her own independent “Freedom Party.”
While responding to viewer tweets on Fox News Saturday, Palin admitted she has considered becoming an independent because she believes the Republican Party has strayed too far from its core values.
@Josh_Painter asked if Palin and conservative commentator Mark Levin would consider breaking and starting the “Freedom Party” as the “GOP continues to ignore conservatives.”
“I love the name of that party — the ‘Freedom Party,’” Palin replied. “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.”
On Friday she criticized Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for his immigration reform bill by comparing him to Judas.
President Barack Obama called to congratulate the bipartistan Gang of Eight for crafting the legislation. Palin tweeted: "Obama Calls Rubio to Congratulate Him on Immigration Reform ... Hope it was worth 30 pieces of silver.”
Palin parted ways with Fox in January after working there three years. She recently returned to Fox News as an analyst.
“I've had several conversations with Gov. Palin in the past few weeks about her rejoining FOX News as a contributor,” said Fox News chief Roger Ailes in a statement. “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.”