Palin's parents surprised by VP nomination

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The father of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin says he's been left "speechless" by the announcement that his daughter is John McCain's running mate.

Chuck and Sally Heath got a call from Palin's husband, Todd, yesterday as they were driving to a remote camp in Alaska to hunt caribou. Todd Palin told them to make sure they listen to the radio news because the camp is out of cell phone range.

When they couldn't reach the hunting camp because of a flooded creek, they headed home.

Early this morning a friend called to tell them the buzz was that Palin was McCain's likely pick.

Heath says he tried various phone numbers, but couldn't reach his daughter.

The announcement has proven amusing to Heath. After dealing with constant phone calls, he says he'd "rather go moose hunting than be involved with politics."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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