September 11th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
6 years ago

Father: Palin showed grit at early age

Chuck Heather, Palin's father, says it hasn't settled in yet that his daughter, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is running for vice president.
Chuck Heather, Palin's father, says it hasn't settled in yet that his daughter, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is running for vice president.

WASILLA, Alaska (CNN) - Gov. Sarah Palin's father never imagined that his "little girl" would run for the vice presidency, but he knows his daughter's determination made her a success when others, including himself, expected her to fail.

"I look back on Sarah's perseverance, and whatever she wanted to do, she put her nose to the grindstone, especially in sports," Chuck Heath told CNN in an extensive interview in his Wasilla, Alaska, home. "If she didn't have a certain ability, she worked and worked and worked until she obtained that ability or skill."

Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, surprised the political world when he picked Palin, a first-term governor from Alaska, to be his running mate nearly two weeks ago. The interview with Palin's father will be included in "Sarah Palin Revealed," a documentary that will air on CNN at 9 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday.

Heath, a retired science teacher and coach who now works with the federal Wildlife Services Program, said his daughter started exhibiting her stubborn streak at an early age.

"Sarah, she was something else," he said. "I wasn't mean to her. I was stern with her, but I could seldom bend her if she made up her mind on something."

Full story


Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (224 Responses)
  1. jazz

    I guess she has always been a sicko!

    by a women

    September 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. andy in Alaska

    It is really sad when her father can give an interview but the person running for the V.P. is not allowed to. No one knows or understands where she stands on any issues. I guess she has not been told where she stands on issues. Get real Americans. Enough!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Marie C.

    Sir, with all due respect, your kid is the LAST thing we need in our country. Get her out of here!!!

    September 11, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. pan

    a science teacher that believes in creationism?? any opinon he has is WORTHLESS!

    September 11, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Democrats Take Action

    Obama supporters:

    Stop wasting time on blogs like this, go to the Obama website, and start doing what you can to get people registered to vote.

    We don't need to be wasting time trying to convert minds on blogs.

    There are already enough people in the country that support Obama and hate Bush/McCain to make this a landslide.

    We just have to make sure that they are all registered to vote and that they all go to the polls on November 4th.

    Time is of the essence!

    Make calls!

    Knock on doors!

    Do something!

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. no trickle down...

    The US doesn't have the time to take on a VP who will eventually learn the skills for the job... even if determination is a good quality.

    The VP position is not like playing for the school team!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. j.williams, san diego

    obama-you are afraid of Palin ???? Allah help America if the people vote you president...

    September 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. The Voice of Common Sense (Independent Voter - Charlotte, NC)

    "...but I could seldom bend her if she made up her mind on something."

    Yeah, just like the voice of the American people couldn't bend Bush!!!

    Baldwin/Castle 08

    September 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. M

    Every Alaskan I've met has been a cook. In one way or another. Socially awkward, culturally anemic, out of touch. Every single one I've met has been nuts in one way or another. And I've met so many.

    September 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. PG

    Poor fellow he is in denial.

    September 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. DC Insider

    Sara Palin has something the dems do not – honesty and a willingness to clean up Washington and not worry about reelection year after year as the Dems do

    September 11, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Marie Ontario

    WOW!!! Here we have a woman who called herself a dog wearing lipstick then screams sexism as soon as someone dares mention an issue or any part of her sordid past.

    September 11, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Helen, MA

    With all due respect to the thoughts of a loving parent......being stubborn is absolutely NO recommendation for someone to fill a job that requires compromise, considered thought and bipartisan efforts.

    September 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Larry B

    Obama and his deceitful tawdry offensive campaign will not take him to the White House. Only the Republicans have the honesty and trustworthiness to lead this great nation. Obama is full of himself and hot air - tell him to take those greek columns back to IL for some more community organizing work -

    September 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Dal CA

    She is stubborn just like BUSH. So we have another term of Bush if mcCain Palin win the election.

    September 11, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Joe

    Fluff Piece. It shows the campaign strategy is working. Give no access to Palin for the press, criticize them for any research they try to do themselves, and they will start printing anything, including any fluff created by the campaign. The media is a bunch of sheep.

    September 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Ron

    want my two cents worth. give me an explanation as to why, sen. Obama would turn to Tony Rezko for help to close a real estate deal. I'm sure that both him and Michelle being lawyers, first should of not have gotten in that situation and second, he must have had other options

    September 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. C from GA

    I'm sorry that your daughter had the bad judgment to be dazzled into accepting this invitation and that she and your family are being dragged through the mud. I'm sorry to read about your ex-son in law and the family feud.

    I think Sarah hasn't a clue what she was letting herself and her family in for. And I hope y'all have the stamina to not all hate each other at the end of this mess.

    I think she is way out of her league – but I also think she doesn't know that.

    Hope you can help her and the rest of your family (especially the kids) pick up the pieces later.

    September 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. NoMcSame

    Yeah, 5 universities in 6yrs to graduate shows a lot of that dear sir.

    September 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Republican for change

    McCain is using your "little girl" to pander to the GOP base and angry Hillary supporters to become POTUS.

    None of that determination or perseverance nonsense.

    September 11, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. lol

    gov. palin is an inspiration. she has grit, and experience and she scares the democrats! the republicans, unlike the sexist dnc, and obama camp had the grit to put her on the ticket for vp. obama is sinking faster than the titanic in the polls. obama had to pick the MAN with a few thousand votes, over the WOMAN with over 18 million votes, he deserves to lose. mccain/palin 08, hillary 2012!

    September 11, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. lol

    gov. palin is an inspiration. she has grit, and experience and she scares the democrats! the republicans, unlike the sexist dnc, and obama camp had the grit to put her on the ticket for vp. obama is sinking faster than the titanic in the polls. obama had to pick the MAN with a few thousand votes, over the WOMAN with over 18 million votes, he deserves to lose. mccain/palin 08, hillary 2012!

    September 11, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Filipina

    This is news???? I guess tomorrow they will put Roberta McCain how she lied about suing Carol geeeeezzz,,,,this 2 families they must have a problem with pathological liar!

    September 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. David

    Looking at the schoolyard insults that dominate the ticker "comments", what does CNN think is being accomplished by continuing to let angry partisans rant on a webpage viewable around the world?

    Aside from maybe "anyone" feeling important by seeing their words displayed on a computer screen, is it really healthy or even helpful to have this drivel hang off what is (was?) otherwise considered a serious news portal?

    Or is CNN going after the Jerry Springer audience?

    Pathetic.

    September 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Richard,Orlando,FL

    Does anyone believe this person was ever a Democrat–probably a white male Republican.

    September 11, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9