January 31st, 2008
11:06 AM ET
11 years ago

Hulk Hogan backs Barack Obama

(CNN) - Until this week, it looked like Republicans might have a lock on the famous tough guy demographic this year: Mike Huckabee has hit the campaign trail with martial arts star Chuck Norris and WWE star Ric Flair, and John McCain got the nod of approval from Rambo himself, Sylvester Stallone.

But on Tuesday, as his home state headed to the polls, Florida resident Terry Bollea – ‘Hulk Hogan’ to millions of wrestling fans – announced his own presidential pick: Democrat Barack Obama.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Bollea was asked who he would like to see in the Oval Office. "If I had to step out, and say who I really believe in - that catches my ear, that makes sense, that really can make a change - I would say Obama," he replied.

"Everybody plays this card - the bad guy card, you know the dirty politics thing, talk about the way people dress, act and look - and, he's the choice. He seems like the real deal, you know."

Florida's Democratic vote, which awarded no delegates, went to New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. stan pitts pa

    HA hulk hogan you are my favorite, i loved watching this guy back in the day, you still my hero HULK!

    January 31, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. mshauri Moore

    "wow, how pathetic. first it's oprah, now it's hulk hogan.
    america is truly so shallow and dumb, it's hard to believe that this is actually reported as "news".

    any candidate who needs celebrity endorsements is a failure.

    Ron Paul 08"

    lol.. Ron Paul... wow.
    what a looser... lol

    January 31, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. ted

    Anyone who votes for a candidate based on a celebrity recommendation is about as shallow as a puddle of water!

    January 31, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. G

    I wonder if Macho Man Randy Savage will back Hillary to continue his long-standing feud with the Hulkster.

    January 31, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Yobama

    Hulkamania is still alive and well. Love it!

    January 31, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Mike Smyth, New Orleans, Louisiana

    This is great news. Hulk Hogan is a lot stronger than Chuck Norris.

    January 31, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. don williams

    will there ever be a political campaign where the aspirants dont take cheap shots at each other and instead focus on the pressing issues that is worrying the people.i guess the clintons started all of this when obama first gave them a suprise slap at iowa.i say the clintons because its obvious that obama is fighting against the husband and his wife.its sad that it has to be like this because i love the democratic party so much and now they are tearing the party apart with so much negative vibes.
    remember contestants "tearing each other will only prolong the live of the retrogressive republicans"

    January 31, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. G

    Yeeeaaaahh, BROTHER!

    January 31, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Sam

    Don't hate on the Hulk! Hulk Hogan is the man!

    Obama '08!!

    January 31, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Johnson

    I think this just goes to show that Obama supports are diverse. Its not like the candidates are going to say no to an endorsement by individuals. That would be rather dumb. I guess when candidates don't get a celebrity vote, its easy to claim that others aren't good enough.

    January 31, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Al in Wpg

    I may be slightly interested in political indorsements, but celebrity endorsments are not news.

    January 31, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Erik in NC

    This isn't news. I seriously doubt Obama was courting Hulk Hogan as a supporter. The man has an opinion and because he is a celebrity, he gets noticed. I'm sure Obama thanks him for his support, but you're not going to see the Hulkster on the campaign trail like Chuck Norris has done for Huckabee.

    January 31, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Al in Wpg

    I will base my vote on whoever Britney Spears endorses.

    January 31, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Dan

    Hulakamania + Obamamania = teh win

    January 31, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Crystal

    It's not like the candidates choose who is going to back them. The celebrities come out on their own and say who they are going to endorse.

    January 31, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Nobama

    sickening!

    January 31, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Patty Don't

    Jimmy Kimmel asked Hulk Hogan who he was going to vote for. Hulk Hogan answered honestly. Some how i doubt Sen. Obama went out and sought Hulkamania's endorsement.

    It's a slow morning, get over it.

    08ama!

    January 31, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Virginia CA

    Wow! Oprah AND Hulk Hogan! How could he miss?

    January 31, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Oscar, Rio Vista, CA

    The latest political news from CNN's Best Political Team. Please give me a job and I will bring some real news to the table.

    January 31, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Servat

    Sure Ron Paul is doing it a lot better.

    Obama '08.

    January 31, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Tracey-Oregon

    oooohhhh, America's hero!! Boy that's gonna change alot of minds!! Come on, how desperate!!

    January 31, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. dobeman

    I continue to not care about what any star says.

    January 31, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. Jonathan

    Hulk Hogan is the man.

    Smart people for Obama.

    January 31, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. john

    Anybody know who Mike Tyson is backing?

    January 31, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Attacks by the Establishment on Ron Paul Continue

    Figures coming from someone whose family is splitting. Matches most of Obamas' supporters!

    January 31, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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