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

Father: Palin showed grit at early age

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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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soundoff (224 Responses)
  1. Another Wal-Mart Mom, Grand Rapids

    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.

    McCain/Palin 08'

    Sarah Palin 12 & 16'

    September 11, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Tony

    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.

    September 11, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Cathy in MD

    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.

    September 11, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. george

    ...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!

    September 11, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. roger nc

    Well he seems for me that he didn't khow her. Look surprise on all step that she took.

    September 11, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Brad

    Oh Great! McCain has a violent temper and Palin is stubborn. America will be in good hands?

    September 11, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Canada

    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.

    September 11, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. M. Bryan

    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?

    September 11, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Steve

    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!

    September 11, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Olivia

    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 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.

    September 11, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. GARedNeck

    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.

    September 11, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. CNN Senior Producer Alex Wellen


    September 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Teddy California

    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.

    September 11, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. Cynthia

    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?

    September 11, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |

    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.


    September 11, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. Jan

    Where are you democrats living? Do you really think its just "old people who die?

    September 11, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. dejah

    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.

    September 11, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Leonard Washington

    Why is CNN showing the ceremony of Palin's son go to Iraq?

    September 11, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. tom

    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.

    September 11, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. KenB, MI

    obtaining a skill to exploit your family...hmmm well...

    not so good.

    September 11, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. Ally

    mcCain is finished...the party's over.....literally!

    September 11, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Jeff

    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.

    September 11, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. lou

    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......

    September 11, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. Phil in KC

    The lady's father says some nice things about her – huh – who woulda guessed?

    September 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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