CBS talks to Sarah Palin's sister, Heather, about the speech Wednesday night and Piper Palin's "adorable" hair lick.
MAGGIE RODRIGUEZ, co-host (St. Paul, Minnesota):
There were many proud Alaskans watching Governor Sarah Palin address the
Republican National Convention here last night. One of the proudest was
Palin's sister, Heather Bruce, who's in Anchorage, Alaska, this morning.
Good morning, Heather.
Ms. HEATHER BRUCE (Governor Sarah Palin's Sister): Good morning.
RODRIGUEZ: How do you think your sister did last night?
Ms. BRUCE: I thought it was a fabulous speech. We were so proud. We were
very excited. As a family member, I was especially proud.
RODRIGUEZ: There was this adorable moment that was captured on Camera. I'm
sure you saw it when Piper was licking her hand and kind of rubbing her baby
brothers' head. It seems like a real close-knit family. Can you talk a
little bit about that?
Ms. BRUCE: Oh, we are. We are close-knit. There are 13 grandkids that my
parents have and we all live within a small radius of each other, so we're all
each other's gate keepers, watch keepers, babysitters, care givers. We are
close and the cousins love each other and the aunts and uncles, we look out
for each other.
RODRIGUEZ: There's been a lot of talk this week about family, talk that
family is off limits in a campaign. Yet we see your sister with her kids,
introducing them, showing them on camera, and she even mentioned you in her
speech last night. So the question is, is it OK to use family in a campaign
when it benefits the candidate and not OK when it's negative?
Ms. BRUCE: I just thought it was OK that Sarah introduces her family just to
show that she's a real American family. I don't really have an opinion on
whether it's beneficial or not, but in my opinion tonight I thought it was
just a gracious act for Sarah to recognize because I think she realizes that
without a lot of family support in her situation that, you know, this has come
a long way with a lot of family support.
RODRIGUEZ: And you're OK that she mentioned you?
Ms. BRUCE: And she was recognizing that.
RODRIGUEZ: Gave you--gave you your five seconds of fame last night?
Ms. BRUCE: I don't--I don't seek the limelight or the press. I was
surprised, but I wasn't offended whatsoever. You know, it was pretty gracious
of her. That was kind of nice.
RODRIGUEZ: Lastly, Heather, when will you get to see your sister again? Do
you know what her plans are now?
Ms. BRUCE: I haven't been told any details. I think my daughter's returning
on Friday. I don't know if the Palin family's coming back with her or not, so
all I know is that I thought Sarah was going to help deploy maybe Track and
his--and the rest of his troop next week, so I'm hoping to see her in the next
few days, if she's not too busy.
RODRIGUEZ: Oh, I'm sure she'll be quite busy. Heather Bruce, thank you.
Ms. BRUCE: Thank you, Maggie.