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."
Chuck-you did a great job raising the next VP of the U.S.
The Wal-Mart moms are behind her and we hold the key to the election.
In the quiet and privacy of the polling booths we will be heard. But we'll never tell the media and pollsters why we didn't vote for Obama. Let them guess.
Sarah Palin 12 & 16'
Even the Republicans are starting to distance themselves from Palin......they're not all willing to support a losing ticket, they have to save themselves now.
He's probably a good man. His daughter should not be the Vice President of the United States. Even HE sounds amazed at the prospect.
...a comment from an Alaskan in Juneau.
Palin is a ruthless two faced lying crook. She promised that she would not continue with her devious plans to move the state capital from Juneau to Anchorage/Wasilla and then as soon as she was elected began moving all the key state positions from Juneau to Anchorage/Wasilla. This with the full and uncaring knowledge that it will financially ruin thousands of working homeowners (and their children) plus destroy businesses in Juneau.
She is the biggest liar, sneak, and political crook since Nixon.
It has already been established by explicit facts that she fires or eliminates anyone who stands in her way.
She claims to be a maverick but was put in office by bribes to the state treasury from the oil and energy companies (who have been grooming her for years to directly represent them at the top levels of government).
Please believe someone who has seen her selfish politics in action. You definitely don"t want this scheming opportunistic woman a heartbeat away from the Presidency!
Well he seems for me that he didn't khow her. Look surprise on all step that she took.
Oh Great! McCain has a violent temper and Palin is stubborn. America will be in good hands?
She seems very honest comparing with other politicians. Her determination of believing on issues will bear good fruit. I hope she and McCain wins.
Obama looked very arrogant when I watched his speech and his attack toward Sarah brings him down.
McCain seems sincere and has heart for America.
All we seem to see and hear about is family, family, family.
and the wonders of being raised in Alaska.
There is a "missing link".
Where is the brother?
Oh she was gritty when she was young. OOOH that settles it. She is now qualified to be VP and prez!!
Her as the prez if McCain was to kick the bucket in office.. Even the republicans still dreaming can see a problem with that.
ANY one at all notice she only makes snide comments and uses scarcism and HAS YET to address a SINGLE issue? HELLO AMERICA you have the RIGHT to force her to answer questions. DON'T let McCain tell you you cant. Its starting to sound like the tired old "if you don't support this war in Iraq you are not a patriot" but now its "the public and media cant ask the VP candidate questions" YA RIGHT!
She has to be very strong when it comes to all those jerks in Alaska, sent to dig up, make up, put out big bucks, for dirt against Palin.
She must know that we are familiar with most of the lowlifes....that they have been under scrutiny from the primaries.
She's doing pretty good so far but the worst is yet to come. She's a good thing, so some people will try to destroy her."Cocky Wacko" is the latest name-calling......it won't be the worst by a long shot.
She's genuine....we love her....she gets my vote as i want to see REAL change.
I expect that I will have something important to do when CNN airs their "Sarah Palin Revealed" documentary, like trim my toe nails or something. I already know more than I ever wanted to know about McCain's running mate.
Why is CNN playing up the GOP ticket so much? Are you trying to out fox FNC? From reading the comments I'd say most people here have made up their mind and don't need to have Palin shoved in our face any more.
Why do Obama and his supporters attack Palin so much? They should just ignore her. They shoud aim their fire at McCain, the top dog. If you focus so much on Palin, McCain will run free. Why was Democratic convention not as succesful as Republican? One reason was they focused too much on Bush who will not be on ballots. Half of Obama's speech was aimed at Bush. Of course, Democrats would then say McCain is Bush. Yes, Bush's approval rate is low. But people know McCain is a different person from Bush. Ony dumb people will believe McCain is McBush.
By the way, Bush has won Presidency twice and he used to be popular for a couple of years. I think the approval rate was over 70% or higher for a while. Most people will not punish anyone who is suspected to have close relationship to Bush. Yes, Bush is not popular, but not a bad guy.
Obama must attack McCain directly. Obama does not need to attack on character issues. Obama needs to attack McCain on policy issues.
These fluff pieces don't get it for me. We want to see her go before some real interviewers who will ask the real hard questions that the American people need to know the answers. Wonder if this will ever happen?
Dad should have taught his little girl to tell the truth and to treat people fair and not to throw them away. McCain/Palin both have that in common. When they are tired of someone or they don't give in to corruption they just get rid of them. Palin is a very abusive person. She has hurt a lot of people to get her way.
Where are you democrats living? Do you really think its just "old people who die?
Yeah, I'm really impressed with the "grit" of a woman who would charge rape victims for the rape kits used after these women are brutally attacked and beat up.
She's so far out in right field that she makes Attila the Hun look like a leftie. The Republicans are using her to set women's rights back... they have no more respect for her than they do for the rest of America (which is to say, none).
Good ol' "Rape Kit" Palin - she'll go down in history, that's for sure.
Why is CNN showing the ceremony of Palin's son go to Iraq?
Look closely at the pro-Obama bloggers....
They expose their cult of personality worship of Obama when they type "Obama 08 & 12". They would vote for Obama NO MATTER WHAT OBAMA DOES if elected. If that's not frightening blind faith, I don't know what is.
obtaining a skill to exploit your family...hmmm well...
not so good.
mcCain is finished...the party's over.....literally!
Obama will win just to prove that we do not need "affirmative action anymore"! We at last will be equal in ability, capability and pride to earn our own keep.
Give me a break. The media has made this nothing into this myth. We have not even heard her speak on her own,not even once. You are to blame. You should give her no more coverage until she has some real interviews.. .Tim R I know you are turning up there......
The lady's father says some nice things about her – huh – who woulda guessed?