For Palin's Dad safety is in the guns
March 7th, 2011
12:48 PM ET
11 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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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Ric

    And that's why hillbillies should be seen and not heard..
    Just plain CRAZY!!

    March 7, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Yager

    I can understand feeling the need for protection, but its not uncommon for political figures, especially ones with controversy to receive death threats. But for someone who promotes false depictions of others should feel less hurt when it happens to you. The media is offensive to all parties depending on what programs you watch

    March 7, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin should know all about political rumors, lies and misinformation, afterall she works for FOX.

    March 7, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. S. In California

    This is an unbelievable story. All this welfare queen does is promote guns and violence and now her family wants sympathy? Please. If you live by the gun you die by it. She is a very hateful person and one day she is going to reap all that she's sown. The entire family will NEVER get any sympathy from me.

    March 7, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Linton

    How fun – sleeping with guns – and we're not supposed to think they're off their rocker? LMAO!

    Sarah – it's well documneted you did not know Africa was not a country. Lying after you reveal your stupidity doesn't really work....well, maybe with the baggers.

    March 7, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. anagram_kid

    "We're still standing and we're doing well, so we're not worried too much about the pressure."
    So if that were the case, why does her father sleep with a gun? Is she calling him a liar?

    March 7, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. B

    Sick paranoid people. You could also say that about a lot of people in this country.

    When ya start sleeping with guns, you have a problem..

    March 7, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    Crazy leftists are bound to get desperate and do anything when they start losing their grasp on power. We'll all have to protect ourselves from them. And for the Palin smears and lies from the left, nothing new there. But it is funny to hear them belittle the birthers when they engage in the same behavior when it comes to Palin. You reap what you sew I guess!

    March 7, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. one voice

    Paranoia is a wide spread illness of the weak minded. Why talk about this, no one is trying to take your guns? Banning assalt rifles is the only thing We want taken care of. Multi bullet clips are only good for one thing, VIOLENCE

    March 7, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Wes B.

    20 years in political office?

    Does PTA count as "political office?"

    March 7, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. jim the mechanic

    Her success as a celebrity poitician is the primary indicator of a screwed up media.

    March 7, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. slurpon1

    I would say the apple does land next to the tree! nutzo!

    March 7, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. zin

    Here are some other lies 1. nobody cares what she says 2. she doesnt have executive experience 3. all of her supporters are uneducated white trash 4. obama never hung out with a terrorist 5. obama won any of the debates against hillary 6. dems never use violent language and imagery 7. elected dems work 4 the taxpayers and not the unions 8. taylor swift is talented 9. chris matthews believes women are equal to men 10. people who post this ticker know more about sarah palin than sarah palin does

    March 7, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Seriously?

    She's still not intellectually competent to be in the White House. It doesn't matter what she says, she is not qualified.

    And, might I add, she should be careful about calling others liars. Her slate is not exactly clean on that one. Must I remind you about "Death Panels" . . . and there are so many more. It is not so much that she lies that makes her incompetent, it's her hate, ignorance and inabililty to follow through any elected job to date. That is what brought Ms. Sarah down to political fodder and nothing more in the current arena. Only the uneducated and biggots still believe in her. We are a Nation much bigger and better than that.

    March 7, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Steve, New York City

    Sarah Palin might be an imbecile and a demagogue – but there is ABSOLUTELY NO good reason to go threatening her family. In this regard, the Palins have my sympathy.

    March 7, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Whatever. Bunch of PR malarkey. GOPers run around victimizing everyone they possibly can with their fabrications, ideology, demagoguery, religiosity, bigotry and authoritarian behavior and then, when they get called on it, they invent their own victimhood as a means of trying to get sympathy and force people to back off saying things like "hey, sh-thead, your bullseyes map sent the wrong mesasge to the craziest of your batsh-t loony minions." It's pathalogical nonsense.

    March 7, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Sees All Evil

    If she was my relative i would sleep with guns close too. With the stupidity that pours out of her mouth you never know who she'll pizz off next!

    March 7, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. fayse

    No Sarah, the majority of the folks just plain don't like you, That is where the bashing comes from. And Heaven forbid, if you do have plans to run for the Presidency, you can't do it by simply appearing on Fox or tweeting. I am not sure if is 2 or 3 million followers on twitter but, that is not enough to win a primary let alone the election.

    March 7, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. DJ

    The people they should be afraid of are the people that support Sarah Palin for the most part. I don't see any crosshair posters on the liberal end of the world. Sleeping with guns is really smart

    March 7, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. DJ

    A sign of a screwed up media is giving Palin any airtime or mention as "news".

    March 7, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Kent

    Why wouldn't you when you can see Russia from your home....

    March 7, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Al-NY,NY

    Prove the death threats you drama queens. Just like duaghter, mommy and daddy are playing the "victim" card as best they ca. Too bad only the sheep will believe them and have sympathy

    March 7, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    Is that like sleeping with the fish? Make sure that the gun is close to your groin daddy so that if it goes off can't procreate anymore. Except it's too late!
    AND . . . . . . Now daddy is a poltician? Even his stupid daughter is NOT a politician!!!!
    Thick skinned!?!?!?!?!?
    Theyare not lies you stupid bimbo. The words are out there for all to hear, read (even if you don't).
    Yes, the media is screwed up because they continue to follow your every stupid thought or brain fart and 95% of us don't care!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Frank

    Sleeps with guns. Sounds paranoid delusional unless there is a realistic danger of bears coming in and stealing your porridge, then eating you too.

    March 7, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Tree

    This is Bull, sorry this is happening however what about the treats to our President is getting every day Citing death threats to his family. What about the man who said whose going to shoot him ?...............she still can not answer a question.
    She needs to step down.....because her time is almost out of time making monies of the back of the American people. No more lies, just go home and take care of your beauiful family. I am sick of seeing you.....

    March 7, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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