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. i love Obama

    PLEASE...SPARE ME.

    HILLARY ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE.

    January 31, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Ray

    I think The guy from 7-11 down on Main street is backing Obama also....you want to call him for a statement??

    January 31, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Mike M

    Haha. It's funny. We will take it too. Go Obama.

    January 31, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Dowell

    Great news:) Too funny

    Obama 08' to Dominate

    January 31, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Zsanett

    Ron Paul is the most overlooked candidate on the ballot. If he was given the chance to speak, to answer questions and share with the people his vision~he would have so many more backers. Hes telling the truth, he knows what needs to be done in Washington. He can get the economy back on track. Romeny cant do it and neither can McCain. The best ticket would be Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee together supporting American!

    January 31, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Golden Chica

    This is now turning into a circus.

    January 31, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. i.t.

    wow... this is retarded. yes.. i'll listen to a washed up former pro wrestler.. i'm sure he is just brilliant.

    January 31, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Nik T, Houston, TX

    Breaking news: Obama gets endorsement from Mickey & MIni Mouse.

    January 31, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. dave

    Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite BunnyRanch is raising money for Ron Paul, John Mayer is making videos endorsing him and Hulk Hogan answering a question on who he is voting for is Obama "needing a celebrity endorsement"? Riiight.

    January 31, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Sean

    Finally! An endorsement with some true political clout! 🙂

    January 31, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Jeni

    Now I convinced! Yes, if the hulk is for Obama that so I am I, darn it. Ha-Ha!!! That is how I chose who to vote for. Could it be that he came out because his employer VH1 is owned by CNN (and we all know how much CNN wants to put him in office). CNN, your bias is becoming too much. Go Hillary!!!

    January 31, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Ken

    Well, we already know who Mr. Kennedy is endorsing....

    January 31, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. joe

    i think that the president of the us is the most under reted job in the world
    so y not let obama get in office

    January 31, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. blkjazz

    Hulk Hogan a right to his opinion. He made a wise decision. The rabid response from some seems indicative of a larger problem. You know, the one that has haunted this country for over 400 years. Barack Obama's election would go a very long way toward making America the kind of country it could be......one nation, undivided with liberty and justice for all. It is, I suppose, understandable that the same forces that benefit from division would oppose his election and say silly stuff on boards like this in an attempt maintain their corrupt advantage.

    January 31, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. jason

    In a fallen world filled with people on a stage saying "like me! like me!" but their words speak half truths... what is the point in getting mad because a celebrity endorses someone! Seriously!

    I don't believe CNN posted the news to sway people's opinion... it is just fun and interesting to see people what people have to say. Our opinions are being posted as news... why not his?

    Seriously, to get mad b/c CNN posted that news is ridiculous.... unless of course you never speak to anyone that finds your story uninteresting.

    January 31, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Bev, Houston

    Again Bloggers for Hilary!!

    Bush
    Clinton
    Clinton
    Bush
    Bush

    Twenty years of yuk!!

    January 31, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. tree stomper

    GO OBAMA, WE NEED YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MIKE GET OVER IT AND GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. BB

    Come on. What cares?

    You should have covered Edwards campiagn more.

    January 31, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. mike

    seriously.... The news has multi media outlets covering a wide variety of daily instances... so what if CNN reported on Hulks approval of Obama... Not every part of the news needs to cover all the horrors and atrocities being commited. Learn to be less pessimistic ppl.

    January 31, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Ray

    This Just In – Homeless lady under I-95 Bridge is Backing Obama also..More on story to come latter!!

    January 31, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Kendall, San Francisco, Ca

    CNN....the best Team IN News!

    whatever!!

    January 31, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. CANDY

    Joe – that is aweful to use animals as a figure of speech to endorse someone who you think would lead this country. So your view is the dog would eat the cat and the parakeet wouldn't tell who did it. That is just like the Clinton's, throw a brick and hide their hand. Good luck with the animals but Obama could care less because he is thinking an focusing on winning.

    Obama 08

    January 31, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. Tom Donaldson

    THIS IS AWESOME!!!

    GO OBAMA!!!

    GO OBAMA!!!

    WITH HULK'S ENDORSEMENT, OBAMA WILL ACTUALLY GET A LOT MORE VOTES!!!

    HILLARY IS TOAST!!

    GO OBAMA!!

    January 31, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. ndinimotto

    The saddest thing about americans in general is that you fell for the greatest sucker puncher, you started believing your own hype, you so felt the need to believe you were relevent to in this world that you let one man, sorry stupid imbicile destroy any ounce
    of credibilty that you had in the world.
    Obama is your best bet for the simply reason that he offers america a way forward, a face that of a man who is intelligent has travelled and embodies what america is today, this is not the wild west where you can go in guns blazing.
    The truth is very few people actual like you and a lot would love to see you go even deeper into recession, but the really sad thing is that you had in your power to prevent this happening and you chose to sot back and do nothing.

    Now you have another chance to do SOMETHING or do NOTHING AGAIN.

    January 31, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. John Tucker

    I heard THE ROCK is endorsing Obama too! I think The Rock plus Hogan can take on Sly and Norris. I feel a "People's Elbow" comin on for hillary!

    Hey Hillary –

    CAN YOU SMELLLLLLLL .......WHAT........ BARACK....... IS COOKIN"???????

    January 31, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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