January 31st, 2008
11:06 AM ET
12 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. LisaMpls

    And what gives the Hulkster clout on endorsing a candidate?

    January 31, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Ace

    Hulk Hogan backing Obama makes your political ticker? I'm still waiting to see "Rep. Maxine Waters of California Endorses Clinton" on your ticker. I think that's pretty major.

    January 31, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. LfromTulsa

    Folks, throwing men around a ring as a profession hardly makes that person credible in weighing in on politics

    January 31, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Bruno

    Nice one, I love Hulk Hogan.

    January 31, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    Mike: Obama clearly doesn't "need" celebrity endorsements. I highly doubt he sought the endorsement of Hulk Hogan, or will showcase it in any way.

    Nate: This is basically a political blog. Not everything has to be cutting edge news.

    January 31, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. matt

    Or, perhaps the party (and the Country) have finally grown tired of the divisive, misrepresentations of the lunitic, (drug user) Limbaugh's tirades about the "base", who seem to be more concerned with winning elections, and starting immmoral wars, than solving the countries problems......I'm constantly amazed by the hypocracy of this crowd who call themselves conservative but want to mess with the Constitution (read gay marriage paranoia).

    Conservative used to mean fiscal conservative, and keeping governemnt out of peoples lives. (the message of Mr. Ron Paul by the way) The goal of the social conservative "Base" Mr. Limbaugh tries to whip into a lather with his daily radio sludge appears to wish just the opposite.

    If Mr. Limbaugh was a true conservative he would get behind Mr Paul... but. oh wait... since he can't win an election Mr. Limbaugh can't be bothered.

    January 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. S Williams

    Mike,

    Think.

    January 31, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Info

    Hulk Hogan knows the future

    Watcha gon do hillary????

    When Obamainia runs WILD ON U!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. meisha

    I don't think there's anything wrong with celebrities letting it be known who they would like in office. They have to vote too, and because they are clebrities what they beleive in is televised. It has nothing at all to do with celebrity endorsements.

    January 31, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. HULKAMANIA

    Finally. I think a lot of us, myself included, have been waiting to decide who to cast our ballots for until Suburban Commando weighed in and gave us his endorsement. Ah, that's a load off my mind. And just in time for Super Tuesday, luckily. Okay, Obama it is.

    Obama/Hogan '08!

    January 31, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Bastien Beauchamp (NYC)

    Why the ... do you have to add:

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

    It has no purpose here!!

    January 31, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. oliver

    That's interesting, but shouldn't make the ticker.

    January 31, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Geri

    Aren't there 2 candidates running in the democratic race??? CNN...your bias is showing again with articles only on your fair haired boy.

    January 31, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. No

    Yet again... All CNN can do is tout thier golden boy.

    I am an independant that will refuse to put a n00b in the white house. I will vote Clinton.... But if not given that choice I would actually put BUSH back in the WH!!!!!!

    This guy has the potential to really screw us all up! And it's more likely than not!
    The WH is no place for a freshman... Period!

    January 31, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Ron, TX

    Not going to break the bank either way, but it's pretty fun news nonetheless. Obama is also receiving an endorsement from a Cali senator today.

    January 31, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. paul doane

    The best aspect of the ascendancy of John McCain is the diminishing of Rush Limbaugh – nasty blowhard of the far right. He has bragged about his closeness to Bush for years now. Great, now he can enjoy the slide downhill right beside Bush. He has constantly whined about McCain destroying the Republican party – I guess without knowing he and Bush have already achieved that dubious distinction.

    January 31, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. united for truth

    We love you Hulk!!!

    January 31, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. The Juice

    Scott and Patty – God bless you both, the voices of reason.

    January 31, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Patrick of Albany NY

    What's next? Obama on WWE?

    January 31, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. rowena

    The media is on the side of Obama, he can say anything negative against his opponent without being criticized of negative campaigning........not fair!

    January 31, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Tim

    Wrestling is fake and so is Obama. The "real deal" is Hillary Clinton.

    January 31, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Petra

    This is great news. Not pathetic!! Hilary uses Bill (The 'great' ex-president). Obama has a right to endorsements too. If Hilary and Bill want to play dirty; Obama should take off his gloves too. It isn't politics as usual, and Obama understands that. However we shouldn't let Hilary and Bill just 'get away with it' again. Thank you Hulk Hogan.

    January 31, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. laurie

    lol you don't think the Hulk has a right to express who he would like to see in office? He is after all a United States Citizen!

    I really wish people would get over the insults and get down to what you really think of these two running for office and what it is YOU want in a candidate!
    It seems as though there is so much racism in this race for office ... I really thought we were past this in this country... and thought that it was just a media hype but from reading the blogs all across the internet you can see it so bold!

    Time to get on with life and realize that black, white, asian, or mexican we are what the constitution says.......WE THE PEOPLE....... stop already and get down to your own homework and pick the right person for office for you!

    January 31, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Orlando

    Mike- to say Americans are truly shallow and dumb speaks directly to you. It's laugable that you would speak so low of yourself.

    Obama 08

    January 31, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. Ryan from New Mexico

    One thing i can't understand is how long these people are going to try and keep Obama's Campaign above water with all of these crazy endorsements?

    He's very hypocritical, especially with an Endorsement from Ted Kennedy, who's the Patry's Established "Lion." Instead of repelling that endorsement, he relished it

    What change does Obama talk about anyhow??? He's not willing to go into dtail about that, which is kinda Slick in my eyes....

    Will when the Endorsements are all dried up and theres no more significant figures to help his campaign out, we'll see how Obama can hold himself up on his own merit

    January 31, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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