Sarah Palin's father, Chuck Heath, blasted the east coast media in a brief interview with Ky3 News Wednesday.
Palin did not address the media and her handlers warned against attempting to ask her any questions.
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"The liberal media back east, they raise hell with her. She's tough. It hurts us when they hit the kids, but when you're a politician, that comes with the territory," Heath said.
Palin's mother, Sally Heath, called the visit to Springfield "refreshing and encouraging."