For Palin's Dad safety is in the guns
March 7th, 2011
12:48 PM ET
4 years ago

For Palin's Dad safety is in the guns

(CNN) – Citing death threats to his family, Sarah Palin's father said he keeps his guns close at night.

"We sleep with the guns," Chuck Heath said in an interview with the BBC set to air Monday.

Palin's mother, Sally, added she has worried since her daughter, the former Alaska governor, was picked as Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election, thrusting the family into the national spotlight.

"As a mother I do have concerns about her safety and that of the kids," Sally said. "She knows how I feel, that it's risky."

But Sarah Palin said her family "is pretty thick skinned."

"For the last 20 years in political office our family has put up with a lot of flak," Palin said. "We're still standing and we're doing well, so we're not worried too much about the pressure."

When asked about claims she is not intellectually ready for the White House, Palin pointed to the rumors that surround her, calling them "lies."

"Rumors like I didn't know Africa was a continent, that's still out there, that's a lie," Palin said. "Things like I censored books when I was a mayor up here in Alaska, that's a lie. It's not all you guys, but some of you are saying that Trig [her fifth child] is not mine – that's a sign of a screwed-up media."


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  1. rob

    I don't blame them at all. The Palin family is under threats constantly and the media knows it but they don't report it. The Dems and their friends in the liberal media have put a "Bullseye" on her ever since being named by McCain. They have fomented "Hatred" and "Violent rhetoric" towards her and her family while decrying the Tea Party for made up offenses or completely untrue accusations towards Palin and the Tea Party about the Arizona shooting of the Congresswomen.

    While I don't think she would be the best candidate for president from the Republicans, she is more qualified now then President Obama was when he began his campaign. The difference is that the Liberals and the left as a whole "Hates" her. They are affraid because her conservative message is resonating with very large groups of American voters.

    March 7, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. jayman419

    Mary Ellen Emmons was featured in news reports in 1996, describing the proposed censorship of public libraries. Then she was fired.

    And it was Fox News Chief Political Correspondent Carl Cameron, not some faceless "media" – not some libtard – who said that he watched her struggle with geography.

    And a question. Why you can't find a picture anywhere of Sarah Palin from, say, February 1st through March 6th, 2008? None of her daughter during the same period. The gap seems strange, but then I'm no doctor.

    Though I guess I understand why a 44 year old woman, who is (at best) severely underweight when she revealed she was actually in her third trimester, might not want to talk about it until it was in her arms. Who am I to judge?

    March 7, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. lynn

    Palin said her family is thick skinned - I'd say more thick headed. Is it just her or the entire family that are delusional claiming she's ready for the White House.? On the other hand her entire family will never have to worry about being cash strapped again. Sorry Palin, you don't have the capacity to mow the WH lawn.

    March 7, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    But Sarah Palin said her family "is pretty thick skinned."
    -------------------------------------------------–
    THAT family trait cetainly SKIPPED a generation, huh Sarah?

    March 7, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    You're right Sarah.. you didn't censor any books... but you tried. And when that librarian said no, you tried to fire her. Apparently, you fail at alot, and the media gave you more credit in their "lies" than you should have gotten.

    March 7, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, it does strike me as those who think weapons are the only answer or the best answer need to get a better understanding of the threats out there. To sole rely on a gun means that you have fear abd don't trust your community.

    Apparently, the parents never listened to the interviews done. When she couldn't name the idea of pre-emptive war that George W(oman) Bush wanted after admiring the man, that makes me think that she isn't fully aware. A legitimate question as to what she reads to get her news and she can't answer it? That should really have someone concerned.

    March 7, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. th

    Screwed up media? How about a screwed up Palin

    March 7, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    When asked about claims she is not intellectually ready for the White House, Palin pointed to the rumors that surround her, calling them "lies."
    -------------------------------------------------–
    They were asking you about FACTS Sarah, not rumors.

    March 7, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Rumors like I didn't know Africa was a continent, that's still out there, that's a lie,"
    -----------------–Yes, it is still out there, on VIDEO no less. Kinda hard to spin that one into one of YOUR flights of fancy Sarah darling.

    (Corrected text).

    March 7, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Lolo

    This is not new. This family loves guns death threats or not. Please leave this crazy hillbilly family alone.

    March 7, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    In retrospect it appears that all of the guns that Sarah ever shot were aiming the wrong way. Wink, wink, you betcha!!

    March 7, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. RV

    I guess calling something a "death panel" when there was no such thing is not a lie. Or any number of other untrue comments she made doesn't count. I wounder if the Fox network is part of that screwed up media she rants about.

    March 7, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    Yeah Mr. Heath, it is, until they blow a 9 year olds head off while trying to get to a congresswoman your daughter had put a target on....

    March 7, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. sammieb51

    And MUTE, LIMP, IMPOTENT TODD says nothing. The one or two times I watched her "Alaska" show, it was clear her Daddy and her have LOTS to say, never saw her MOM hanging out but Dad seemed to have lots of time, and Todd was there but totally silent. Nice looking guy - too bad she's whooped him so bad!

    March 7, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    "Crosshairs" on Gabby Giffords, I guess that's also a lie. Palin's father talks about her safety, but I'd rather hear about safety from Gabby's father. Did I miss something, because I never heard Palin's father sympathize with Gabby's family or her father. This whole Palin clan are a bunch of thieves and liars.

    March 7, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. FactCheck

    Proof positive that there is a gene for stupidity and that i can be passed down from father to child.

    March 7, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This sounds like another publicity stunt for Sarah Palin, as the public is growing weary of hearing about her.

    March 7, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. rusty155

    Yes the media may be screwed up , but you Saran Palin are really screwed up. Half the thing you say were lie Is the truth, and you are lying. That all you are Is hateful and racist and you lie every chance you get. You are till the most UNQUALIFIED PERSON TO RUN FOR ANY PUBLIC OFFICE OF ANY KIND. The people of Alaska don,t even want you to live In the state or would vote for you.

    March 7, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    He's afraaid of his daughter - doesn't want to make her mad because she is an unruly sow (female grizzly). That's why he sleeps with his gun.

    March 7, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Aaron

    Palin goes around inciting violence toward others, then her family wants to portray her as an innocent victim herself. This sounds like a PR scam, put a spin on it to make Palin look victimized and redeem her the "blood libel" she claims she endured after the Tuscon massacre.

    March 7, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Indy

    But Sarah Palin said her family "is pretty thick skinned."

    Palin has told a ton of lies in her life but this one is right at the top of the heap. Thick skinned means you don't react to every little thing that is said about you, and you sure don't make yourself into victim everytime you screw up.
    "Rumors like I didn't know Africa was a continent, that's still out there, that's a lie," Palin said. "Things like I censored books when I was a mayor up here in Alaska, that's a lie. It's not all you guys, but some of you are saying that Trig [her fifth child] is not mine – that's a sign of a screwed-up media."

    Palins statements have nothing to do with her not having what it takes to be POTUS, these are very minor compared to the overall picture as to why she could never be President. If she thinks this is her problem, she needs to look very hard and long at the hundreds of reasons why she is not capable of ever being POTUS, she picked the most minor list she could think of here.

    March 7, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Former Republican, but never again!

    Sleeps with guns??? I see where Sarah gets her intelligence from.

    March 7, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Tuco Ramirez

    just another dead-ender, clinging to guns and the bible. nothing to see here.

    March 7, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Sgt Schultz

    Probably not a good idea to play games with guns then. Sarah keeps talking about guns, holding staged hunts for moose to get ratings for her reality tv show, advocating that the Tea Nuts take-out Dem's with gun sights on their names... The Palin family may want to check themselves first before whining about being a victim....and stop the wreckless Partisan gun games.

    March 7, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    If the Former Governor of Alaska who quit after less than 1/2 her term is so smart, how come she refuses to appear on "So You Think You're Smarter Than a 5th Grader"? While she claimed to create words as Shakespear did, I would be willing to bet that in 500 years people will still be reading and performing the Bard's works, while she will only be a footnote in someone's database. Hey, here's an idea – let's recast "The Scottish Play" with Cryin' John as the Thane of Glamis and herself as Lady Macbeth! How's that for casting?

    March 7, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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