December 18th, 2007
11:34 AM ET
10 years ago

Magic Johnson stumps for Clinton

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux caught up with Magic Johnson in Iowa Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - CNN's Suzanne Malveaux caught up with Magic Johnson in Iowa Tuesday and asked the basketball legend why he is supporting Hillary Clinton's presidential bid.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Harry Minneapolis, MN

    I have just read ALL of these comments by individuals around the country regarding Hillary Clinton and all the other candidates. It sounds like America has more ignorant citizens than imagined. Don't all of you have something better to do than complain and bash individuals running for office, that are trying and make a difference in this world? What do ANY of you know about foreign policy and the sensitivity this country is in. I am embarrassed to share this country with any of you. Why don't you shut up and speak when you have something constructive to add and help this country get back on its feet. By the way, we don't need a junior senator telling the world how it should be run. Obama is not ready for the White House. He will get eaten alive by the rest of the world and his junior foreign policy. He thinks that aggressive countries like Iran are going to sit down, have coffee and work out their differences? Iran has the same foreign policy for the last 2000 years. There will be nothing to work out with them.
    Wake up and look what your vote can potentially do to this country. Stop the stupid complaining and start taking these elections seriously. As history proves itself, you'll be the first complainer when something doesn't go your way and a bill doesn't get passed that Obama claimed in his speeches to get elected. He isn't a bad person; He is too inexperienced for the most important job of the free world! You could lose your free world by the stupid mistakes of the wrong vote.

    December 18, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Tim, Seattle

    This is just a red-herring from people who can't find more substantive reasons not to elect Clinton.

    Is it because the reasons aren't there?

    -- Yes, that correct. Lots of acidic comments from these folks, but they cant tell you exactly why they hate her. THey just do because someone said they should.
    Some posters will limit their posts to genuine policy disagreements, whuch is great by me and I respect that. BUt most comments are just out of hate for no apparent reason.
    Instead, they go for the Clinton indescretion/crotch jokes while their GOP darlings get hauled off to jail for sexual deviance and lies of their own. But they dont want to talk about that.
    They make fun of Hillary for not being likable and for being morally deficient, but rally around Rudy (never take a wedding vow seriously) Ghouliani going on wife #3 (do I hear 4?)
    They cry foul when Clinton touts her experience in the Senate and on several impactful committees, but are all ears when JOhn McCain (who has basically the same credentrials as Hillary) states he has experience. Or they all buy the 'I ran New York City for awhile' experience argument from Rudy.

    The GOP mantra: Hate Hillary because it distracts us from our own governing failures and besides, hate elects Republicans!

    I havent made up my mind yet on who to vote for. But it sure wont be a candidate of hate. Eventually the hate thing backfires. Especially during the general election. Give it time.
    Look at Huckabeee, staying above the vitrolic hyperbole and winning votes because of that.

    December 18, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Didn't cheat on my wife, Anywhere, USA

    Well Hillary, I guess that you did come up with one thing different than the other candidates. Your looking for endorsements from men who cheated on their wives. Is this an attempt to portray men as cheaters to get the womens votes? Sorry you've become that desperate.

    December 18, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. lianette

    People are really watching and paying attention about Hillary's life and record. I am very appreciative that someone like Magic Johnson finally come out and said the right words or sentence that describe the qualifications that a President must hae: "You don't want somebody in there that is young or a rookie at politics," Johnson said Tuesday at a raucous rally in support of presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. "We want somebody in there that knows what they're doing because this job is so huge."
    "The more I practiced the better I became," said Johnson, who won five NBA championships with the Lakers. "That's why I support Senator Clinton, because she is the only one with 30 years of experience."
    "When I looked at her track record ... she has done an amazing job," he said of the former first lady, calling her "a woman of action and not just words."

    Being a president is a huge job. It is a ery serious and critical position to have. I agree that you cannot put someone without experience to head our country. Not in this situation that we have now. We need to face reality and not just having big endorsements or popular celebrities endorsements. WE will set that aside but taking more seriously the election.

    I know more people will come out like Magic Johnson, will tell more reality facts that just being popular by endorsements of celebrities. Being a President of the United States of America is totally different to be a leader in showbiz.

    Thank you Magic JOhnson for coming out to share your thoughts.

    December 18, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. Charlie houston texas

    Nooooo Magic. Big Laker fan sorry to hear that Magic, a wonderful business man is not for the one candidate that supports true free markets, Ron Paul.

    December 18, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. fred,derry,NH

    The latest polls in Iowa has Obama ahead of Clinton.(I think 6 points as of today). Oprah is very well respected, but more importantly, she has the ability to get people out to vote.. They have proven time and time again that they will buy what she suggests, now she's asking them to buy something that is nothing more then pulling a lever...
    I believe Obama has something to offer than these cronies!

    December 18, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. James, Lawrencevile GA

    Magic is supporting Hillary because he knows who is best for the job as President. Hillary is the best candidate. Good choice Magic.

    December 18, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. Bud, Overland Park, KS

    Henry suggests that this is an effort to say that Oprah and Magic are on (sic) the same league. NAH–Oprah's good, but she's never had the jump hook that Magic had!

    December 18, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    He doesn't want a "rookie" in the White House so he's backing Hillary?

    Since when did former first house wife and do nothing senator translate experience running a government?

    Typical sheeple behavior.

    December 18, 2007 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. myohymohinohio

    Now here's someone for the masses to look up to. He and Bill were probably best of buddies, but Bill got the one that was o.k.

    December 18, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. RK, San Francisco, CA

    Every single time I see Suzanne Malveaux, I think of an old audition tape:

    Colbert: Suzanne Mal...hello!

    {Suzzane Looks unhappy}

    Colbert:call me!

    To those who have no idea what I'm talking about, go see Stephen Colbert's 2006 White House Correspondence Dinner Speech.

    Anyways, on topic, I have no idea who Magiv Johnson is, and I doubt he'll have any difference on the election. Neither will most celebrities. Maybe I'm naive, but I thought that the citizens decided elections, not celebrities....yes, that includes Oprah, and all the other celebrities, no matter for whom...

    December 18, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  12. John, New York

    Maybe HRC can have intimate relations with some interns if she's president. Bill probably lets her have sex with other people just so he feels better about himself.

    December 19, 2007 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  13. Anonymous, Somewhere, MI

    Someone give me a ring when Chauncey Billups gives his endorsement.

    Pistons '08!

    December 19, 2007 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  14. Anonymous, Somewhere, MI

    Someone give me a ring when Chauncey Billups gives his endorsement.

    Pistons '08!

    December 19, 2007 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  15. Mario Uy Streamwood IL

    Why are you people surprised that Magic is stumping for the Clintons?

    I thought Bill was the first Black president? A black supporting a black? Why are you surprise?

    December 19, 2007 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  16. Edwards/Obama 08

    First Clinton brings out Maya Angelou, who is by the way black. And now, secondly, Clinton brings out Magic Johnson, who by the way is also black and really really tall. By all accounts the Clintons are pLAYing the RACE card in the most extreme way. Not one bit of subtlety ... shame on you Clintons, your tactics are down right obvious and so insincere.

    NEWS FLASH: Hilary Rodham Clinton had a weak-in-numbers campaign staff in Iowa because she believed she would inheritantly win Iowa, but she was wrong. So they have since scrambled to get Clinton staffers all over the rural parts of the state, but guess what, that doesn't show EXPERIENCE now does that activity, the experience she said she has lots of therefore she should win. Now onto her new slogan, Clinton is a change agent – I don't know about that ... She is definitely a secret agent.

    December 19, 2007 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  17. Carey B. NYC

    Well said RAY:

    Hillary is the least trust worthy candidate in the race of both the parties.

    Posted By Ray, New Brunswick, NJ : December 18, 2007 2:44 pm

    Hillary is the least trust worthy candidate in the race of both the parties.
    Hillary is the least trust worthy candidate in the race of both the parties.
    Hillary is the least trust worthy candidate in the race of both the parties.
    Hillary is the least trust worthy candidate in the race of both the parties.

    December 19, 2007 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  18. Carole, Washington, DC

    Celebrity endorsements are not the way to choose a president. Consider the state of our economy, U.S. foreign policy, national sovreignty, civil liberty, national defense, and the pre-eminence of the U.S. Constitution. Please read the views of Dr. Ron Paul at before you decide. Thank you.

    December 19, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. Patrick, Bethlehem, PA

    Black folks should not allow the Clintons make us think that we owe them. Yes, Bill Clinton was favorable to black folks during his presidency. We repaid that favor by helping his approval ratings during the impeachment hearings. It was part of the reason that the Senate did not impeach him, after all those Republican senators saw the polls showing Clinton with a high approval rating. Also, black folks overwhelmingly voted for Hillary in New York to get her elected and re-elected to the senate.
    So don’t use experience as an excuse not to vote for Obama. You have already paid your dues to the Clintons.

    December 19, 2007 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  20. Ajay Jain

    Stumping for the wife of the first "Black" President the US has had is not bads even for Magic!

    December 20, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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