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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  1. Jeff

    Well Lookie here...All the Dems seem pretty upset by this...I read on this board that she is unqualified...yet she has more leadership experience than BO...I hear on this board that the Republicans only want to do personal attacks and yet BO sent a team to Alaska to dig up some dirt...of which they haven't found yet...To all of you Dems who want to put Palin down in disregard...Remember...BO was ahead...then came BO is behind...time to panic over on the left.

    September 11, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Matt

    Her father is Ross Perot???

    September 11, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Carol

    That's right DAD. You ROCK. Sarah is one "hell of a woman." The nay sayers are just jealous you have such a talented, smart wonderful daughter. You raised her with all the right VALUES. She will hold true to them. No matter what. We believe in Sarah and the experience she has aquired in her life and work.


    McCain/Palin '08 McCain/ Palin '08

    September 11, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. redneck for obama

    grit= keep hitting your head to fit it in a thimble.

    September 11, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Beck

    Governor Palin has the liberals scared spitless. They just can't stop attacking even if their hastily gathered ammunition is lies or half-truths. She must be one scary dame. And she's not running for president!

    September 11, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Praetorian

    You don't need to tell us.
    She comes on with John Wayne originality....and even bakes cookies for her kids.

    What a compilation of abilities and potential. No wonder the Democratic Party is running around in circles trying to figure out what to do next!!

    September 11, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Sharon

    So, John McCain has a bad temper and Palin has a stubborn streak.

    God help us all.

    September 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Elizabeth in Texas

    Oh Daddy, stick up for me!

    September 11, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. cool onlooker

    Sounds so funny and phony. Let the caught tapes speak, not the bias people.

    Maybe the ex-religion got her crazy? She just doesn't make viewers comfortable when watching her showcase..

    September 11, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Mike from WI

    I'm wondering how Palin can have a science teacher for a father, yet deny that global warming is a human-made phenomenon. Even McCain–before he became a Bush-clone–once argued for carbon cap legislation.

    Or is science always subservient to business or right-wing ideology in the great state of Alaska?

    September 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    I agree with Lincoln Chafee. If all Republicans were like him (I've been an admirer for a long time) I might still be one.

    Obama and Biden for America

    September 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    I wonder if Tim Russert could have invited her to an interview on Meet The Press, would Sarah Palin accept.

    September 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. GOP=win at all cost....Lies are currency with uneducated base

    Sure, she showed grit, but had she been born a little wooden boy, her nose could have been used to actually build that bridge to nowhere she keeps lying about.

    September 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Obama = 97%, McCain =90%

    A bunch of you fail to even get the point. The point is simple: both sides are representing their party.

    Obama votes extremely left and McCain supports his party.

    Enough said, be quiet and and shut the hell up.

    September 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Rick

    She is a dangerous lunatic who can't even speak to the American people without her "Sarah-Prompter".

    September 11, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Battleground Voter

    How does being stubborn qualify you to rule the country?

    It seems like having a stubborn leader with "grit" has not worked out so well for the country for the last 8 years.

    Just my two cents...

    September 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    Well, so far her father has said more than she has. Maybe McCain should ask him to be his running mate.

    September 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Get Real

    I wonder if the McCain Campaign prepare his statements as well?

    September 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Scary Palin

    I guess family is only off limits when you want it to be.

    September 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Cam

    Take a look at what her dad said about not being able to influence her once she has made up her mind.....that sounds like W and McCain about the war in Iraq......why isn't anyone talking about how McCain's great judgement really showed in being the chief voice rallying for attacking Iraq. Has he ever admitted, like the public knows already, that the war was based on lies? Someone should call him on that if he is saying he has great judgement.

    September 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    More clever orchestration by the Repubs. "Rumours", many of them true, and therefore FACTS, about Ms. Palin, surfacing right and left, what with McCain's lack of VETTING her. So they now put up her dad as a testament to her being a "good girl". Wonder what Granpa thinks of the fact that he will soon have a great grandchild by Sarah's unwed teen daughter. Someone PLEASE stop the Sarah show! It is AMAZING how the focus is now on her and not the actual CANDIDATE for the highest office in this country. I'd say if McCain were to win, HE needs a food taster with her waiting in the wings.

    September 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Anyonmous

    "Being a good sportsman does not a good VP make."

    No but Teddy teddy roosevelt sure made one hell of a good President and you have that 'evil hunter' to thank for the US National Parks System

    Oh a hunter that cares about nature.
    That would be close to 100 percent of em.

    Lets start of list of all the presidents that hunted that made good president shall we??????

    You have to stop thinking that hunting is going to be a negative in most of the rural state.. WAIT don't stop middle America love these ignorant insulting attacks.

    September 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. j renee

    She will make a GREAT VP. All of you who thought Hillary was so wonderful, You people are so bitter. Get ready, change is coming and it isn't going to be Nobama and Biden!!!!


    For women everywhere...GO SARAH!

    September 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Pat Riot

    You liberals are unbelieveable. I've never heard such harsh words for a a fellow American. We may not agree all the time but show some respect. I don't ever argue that Barack is unqualified or inexperienced because of his personality, race family or religion. I just plain don't like his socialist world view. I'm not the biggest plan of McCain either but if he can hold true on his promise to reduce the size of government then he will get my vote. Palin is the greatest thing that has happened to this race. I have followed her for several months now and I am very pleased with how she has presented herself. Wait for the debates. She will show herself. No amount of grooming can cover up a person's true beliefs in a heated argument.

    September 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Tom in Delaware

    I would like to personally thank the Liberal Left for making Sarah Palin so popular and lovable…we just couldn't have done it without your persistent and dedicated efforts.

    By keeping her the focus of attention (with the exceptions of your very own gaffe-prone canidates) you have elevated her to the point of sainthood.

    Your continious slander has compelled both the media, and your own campaign, to do nothing but speak of her.

    It's like a dream come true, and with a little luck, and some more hard work from you tremendously stupid individuals, she will be the first Vice-Presidential canidate in history to propel a ticket into the White House.

    Hang in there, and keep up the great work.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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