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. NC Man about your double Obama standard. Come on get over the Palin pick DEMS, you all are eating this up. you all are so catty for taking your cheap shots...the more you bash her the stronger she looks. i can see the headlines next week IRON WOMAN PALIN takes on the Obama machine and WINS. that's another 5 points in the polls. stop being so bitter by calling her hateful names. you all are the one driving this while McCain and camp sits back and laughs....i never knew a hockey mom could be so tough

    September 11, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Hey Pops – she isn't a little girl anymore – this is the big leagues and politics is a mean and rough game! Obama has gone through h e l l the past 19 months on the campaign trail and now it is time for Ms. Puppet to do the same. She needs to come on out and start talking to the 'real' reporters and answer some tough questions. Just because she is a woman she should NOT get special treatment!

    September 11, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Mickie in PA

    I have a suggestion if they take offense to the "lipstick on a pig" saying - you can put lipstick on a moose, but it's still a moose!

    September 11, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. R.I.F.

    Palin's father has kind this to say about his daughter. Now there's news!!! What ever happened to the ISSUES??????

    September 11, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Larry-Minn.

    How dare these low life Obama backers slam a person talking about his offspring...Shame on you CNN you shouldnt even have a comment page on this.. His opinion is his and only his.. No One should be able to slam him or her for it.

    September 11, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. John

    Who knows if she's wacko? That's the whole point! It will be impossible to find out what kind of leader Sarah Palin will be since the vast majority of people had never heard of her before McCain picked her – and there's less than 2 months before the election. Shame on McCain for putting the voters in such a bad position.

    September 11, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Debbie Joyner

    Do you haters realize or care that you simply drive Independents away with your comments?

    September 11, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Ty

    McCain/Palin..." Thanks, but No Thanks! " Now if you don't have anything to say to address the concerns of us ordinary Americans, please exit quietly and take your teleprompter with you.

    September 11, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Frank

    Wow! Shake it up Sarah! The Democrats are running around like a bunch of clucking chickens and everyone is watching them be exposed for the hypocrites they truely are! Just look at some of these hateful blog statements from Democrats. Truely disgusting! Let's send them a message on election day! No Obama...No Obama...No Obama...

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

    Now the women in Alaska are wearing fake lips.

    I remember the delegates at the previous GOP Convention wearing "purple hearts" on their faces and laughing. Trust me when I say, my father, wife and I were quite offended with making fun of the recepients of the Purple Heart and will never vote for anyone that treats Veterans that way.

    Palin/McCain – Bad for America, bad for Vet's

    September 11, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Forget About Palin

    Forget about Palin.

    Take a look at what McCain has been doing to get ready to be president:

    Seriously America, we have nobody to blame but ourselves if we elect John McCain.

    September 11, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. 59 year old white guy from the South

    Why are we seeing quotes from an Idaho mouth breather who happened to breed a good looking liar?

    September 11, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    If Mrs. Palin could be a VP, that would be the lowest point in the US history. It would also be, potentially, a turning point for America turn to the second level country in the future. Who will choose Mrs. Palin? McCain or Americans? We will see what is the chioce of this nation.

    September 11, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Nom Deplume

    I'll take the Cocky Wacko over the Cocky Pinko any day.

    Four years from now, when all those rights that you had in Fly-over Country are taken away by the Democratic majority, you will think as I do.

    Four years from now, after your employers have shut down because of the grinding regulation, and moved your job offshore, you will think as I do

    Four years from now, when your state, local, and federal taxes are skyrocketing because there just aren't enough rich folks to soak anymore, you will think as I do.

    Four years from now, when you southerners are hauled before a federal judge for displaying your Stars and Bars, you will think as I do.

    Four years from now, after the Feds have outlawed your hunting rifle and hiked taxes on ammunition by 500%, and required expensive new labeling and tracing requirements on ammuntion, you will think as I do.

    Four years from now, when you are still renting because the federal government has mandated that you can't get a loan unless you are either already rich or desperately poor, you will think as I do.

    Four years from now, when you cannot live in or near a major city because enforcement has gone to heck, you will think as I do.

    Four years from now, when your 401(k) and IRA are in the toilet because american business just can't compete anymore, you will think as I do.

    Go ahead, vote for socialism. It always loses in the end. I can wait.

    September 11, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |

    Rasmussen, 9/9/08 (from registration-restricted crosstabs, likely voters):

    Among all voters:

    39% very favorable
    17% somewhat favorable
    14% somewhat unfavorable
    26% very unfavorable

    Gee, approval ratings are just a few points off of 60% for the "wildly popular governor." But, let's look a little closer at those numbers. Conservatives love her, but what about moderates? Those numbers paint a different picture:

    20% very favorable
    15% somewhat favorable
    26% somewhat unfavorable
    35% very unfavorable
    3% not sure

    Only 35% of moderates view her favorably. In other words, among this key block of voters, Pinocchio Palin is doing about as well as President Bush. For comparison purposes, Joe Biden is viewed favorably by 70% of moderates.

    She is too extreme for this country right now. And her selection proves that McCain lacks the necessary judgment to govern our great nation.

    Too extreme, too risky.

    September 11, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Reagan

    Wow this should tick alot of the Obama Walmart moms off. A Dad that actually stayed around and didn't run off and leave his family.

    September 11, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Jeffer65

    Gee, her father talks highly of her. No surprise there. Any chance the news media will talk about the ISSUES?

    September 11, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Obama 08: White, 60 yr old female

    Sio now McCain is claiming the Palin is one of the most expert on energy, that Alaska supplies 20% of America's energy when it is actually about 3.5 and that she is responsible for getting a pipeline built which is totally false as this is only a proposal now. I think the Canadians will have a great deal to say about a pipeline going through their land.

    McCain has now gone right over the cliff on honesty. I hope CNN and the other news organizations are going to cover these lies.

    September 11, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. pat C.

    this just makes me sick. why can't his darling daughter come out and speak for herself? i think macain has the hots for sarah because he surely knows she is not qualified to run the oval office!

    September 11, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Freedom Lovin' Patriot

    My mommy likes how I sing, but that doesn't mean I should be a star.

    September 11, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. ZANE

    Call a spade a spade. Sarah Palin is a wacko. Bible in one hand and a gun in the other. This kind of christian extremist is going to scare the world....all wrapped up as a fiesty "Hockey Mom".
    OBAMA in 08

    September 11, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Freedom Lovin' Patriot

    My mommy likes how I sing but that doesn't make me a rock star.

    September 11, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Anonymous


    It is really sad when her father can give an interview but the person running for the V.P. is SCARE to!

    September 11, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. Debbie Joyner

    Let's contrast the comments on this article with the ones from yesterday's feel good story about Joe Biden – hmmmm – It's crystal clear that Obama may talk about hope and civility, but look who his supporters are? A bunch of hate-filled, degenerates. Slamming a father talking about his daughter running for VP –

    September 11, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. More Phony Outrage

    What a surprise!

    Republicans are crying foul at anyone who thinks that Palin's dad is meaningless to the election.

    The Republicans are pretty good at the D's:





    Destroy (the economy)

    Go to Obama's website and do what you can to register voters and get out the vote on Novemeber 4th.

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 11, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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