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."

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  1. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan

    please.
    this wo-man is adisgrace
    as above...
    mccain = temper
    palin-stubborn
    just what our counrty needs
    God help us.
    obama= diplomacy
    biden=honesty

    September 11, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Mary Kay

    Sarah we love you. What ever happens, i want to see a woman in white house. She is not giving in for all these smears. She is like a GOD to me and many american women. Go Sarah.... Show the pitbull in you. Go get them all... It does not matter that she has not been around for more, but we should trust her ability and skills. She is the best around for this job.

    Go Sarah Go....

    September 11, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Florida Sunshine

    Too bad McCain didn't think this whole Palin thing out. She came back to bite him in the rear-end. It's over, stick a fork in both of them.

    September 11, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. enoch needles

    Did she and Science teacher Dad ever talk about evolution?

    FAIL.

    September 11, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Paula

    There is nothing more dangerous than a Christian, right! The nerve of them to make moral judgements – kinda makes the rest of us feel bad about ourselves. We know we're in the wrong – so the only thing to do is try to smear Governor Palin.
    A vote for Obama is a vote for socialism. And all the have nots should vote for Obama because he's going to take from the rich and spread it around to everyone else. I beleive it's called "forced donations" – and he's going to be the judge of who's rich and who's not. Yippe! I won't have to work anymore.

    September 11, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. wait a minute

    Reading the comments here, I think McCain/Palin will win.
    I read the fear of loss on the Democratic side.
    Why do you surrender so fast?

    September 11, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    one of her own party members call her a cocky wacko, take her back to alaska, we need someone to get America back to being a great nation once more.

    September 11, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Palin 2012

    Pumas,
    Thank God we don't have to kiss up to you anymore. We will win this without your help. Hillary is the true pig in lipstick.

    Palan 2012

    September 11, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. doob

    Also scripted by Rove.

    September 11, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Chuck

    NO RELIGIOUS NUTJOBS IN THE WHITEHOUSE AGAIN. EVER.

    September 11, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Matt

    I guess the apple fell far from the tree....HE ACTUALLY TALKS TO THE PRESS!!

    September 11, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Villa in Virginia

    Even the Rep.s are starting to have doubts about McCains abilities...especially after chosing Palin. He is avoiding the issues of economy and healthcare. What does mcCain think, what does he stand for?....we'll probably never know.
    VOTE OBAMA in 2008!

    September 11, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Palin is a puppet..

    Folks Palin is a puppet ! Palin is a persona that McCain is throwing out to voters like eye candy or a "distraction" so we won't be reminded of his short comings, age, and his Bush-like political vision. I wish that the media driven Palin hype dies off and we can get some real intelligence back into this campaign and keep the "lipstick" persona out.

    September 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. PUMA PALIN

    Florida Sunshine

    Fail to see your point.... Obama lost a 7 point lead, 20% increase in independent woment picked up, Obama lost lead in three swing states and tied in 4 others...

    Yea... put a fork in him.... Obama I mean

    September 11, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. aaa

    ooo dads talking now lets vote for Palin now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! how sad daddy you are here for your doughter. please man you guys are in bed with oil companies and lobbyests go to sleep and call your daughter home!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Mr. Smith Repbulican

    Yeah you raised a Dike that doesn't kow how to be a mom....she wants to be a Pitt Bull wearing lip stip....what a joke for us...how could Grnadpa John do this to us....I'm voting for Mr. Obama just to piss of the Republicans....

    September 11, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Noemi in Los Angeles

    FYI:

    Obama has not attacked Palin…. the media has not attacked Palin….she has been hidding behing McCain ever since she got nominated!

    Palin needs to come out and face the American people. If she cannot answer a reporters questions, I doubt she can lead our country.

    I am a Democrat.
    I was a former Clinton supporter.
    I am a woman.
    I am voting based on the issues and who I feel has the capacity, leardership and better judgement to be our U.S. President.
    I will continue voting Democratic, because Dems represent my ideals and opinions.
    Sorry John, your pick of inexperienced Sarah Palin is a shame. I am offended you think I will vote based on gender. I am not sexist… nor racist, for that matter.

    Thank you.

    God SAVE America.

    September 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Hey Mary Kay

    Hey Mary Kay~~~~~ If any ole woman would do, why don't you vote for Mary, Mary,Quite Contrary? You're voting on the uterus issue right?
    GO OBAMA

    September 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. jed

    science teacher? creationist daughter.
    abstinince? pregged up unmarried underaged daughter....

    family trend

    September 11, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. mike

    Gee just what we want for second in command, someone who is stubborn and won't change their mind no matter what. Except for that bridge to nowhere of course. Let's get real now. She may be very impressive but VP material I don't think! Bad choice by McCain. It makes him look indecisive, impulsive and insecure. Is this what we want for a president/VP? God help us if these two win.

    September 11, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. John

    mccain and palin are the biggest joke in the history of american elections, I have never seen such liars and distortions of truth since thelast rovian election by dubya and lord chenader. The GOP are scared because they know the real change is coming and soon they know they are going to be out of power. Yes we the people have made up our minds we are sitting back and waiting until 11/4, then you will see like the primaries the largest number of democrats in history come out and rip power away from the GOP and give it to Obama and Biden, where the power belongs with us. Where we can help the people. Get out your check books GOP ers its payback time. The middle clas is rising up and demanding that we the people are heard. Obama/ Biden, and Clinton will be there and alot of other brilliant democrats this is our time lets take back our country... go obama change we can belive in.

    September 11, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. John

    mccain and palin are the biggest joke in the history of american elections, I have never seen such liars and distortions of truth since thelast rovian election by dubya and lord chenader. The GOP are scared because they know the real change is coming and soon they know they are going to be out of power. Yes we the people have made up our minds we are sitting back and waiting until 11/4, then you will see like the primaries the largest number of democrats in history come out and rip power away from the GOP and give it to Obama and Biden, where the power belongs with us. Where we can help the people. Get out your check books GOP ers its payback time. The middle clas is rising up and demanding that we the people are heard. Obama/ Biden, and Clinton will be there and alot of other brilliant democrats this is our time lets take back our country... Obama is the man with the plan!!!

    September 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. saynotoliberals

    Kacee please explain your comment.....the last I heard Obama is pretty much going down in flames!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. John

    mccain and palin are the biggest joke in the history of american elections, I have never seen such liars and distortions of truth since thelast rovian election by dubya and lord chenader. The GOP are scared because they know the real change is coming and soon they know they are going to be out of power. Yes we the people have made up our minds we are sitting back and waiting until 11/4, then you will see like the primaries the largest number of democrats in history come out and rip power away from the GOP and give it to Obama and Biden, where the power belongs with us. Where we can help the people. Get out your check books GOP ers its payback time. The middle clas is rising up and demanding that we the people are heard. Obama/ Biden, and Clinton will be there and alot of other brilliant democrats this is our time lets take back our country...McCain is insane!!!

    September 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. MikeH

    He works with the Federal Wildlife Services program gunning down wolves from a helicopter.

    Hey Chuck, where did Sarah learn to be a bald-faced liar? From you?

    What about her stealing public money?

    September 11, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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