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. Verniesa Allen

    Lighten up, everybody! It's not a serious story – just fun news, which is actually refreshing during such an intense primary season!

    January 31, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Ron Bennett

    The Hulk – Bush seemed like the real deal too back in 2000 and look where that got us.

    January 31, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Venkat

    I'd rather pay to watch Hulk vs. Chuck than Obama vs. Huckabee.

    January 31, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. DAS61

    All the folks here whining about this story need to lighten up and get a life.

    January 31, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Alabama Joe

    Please try to remember that when the constitution was written blacks were not considered people. WE THE PEOPLE – meant we the white people that own and control everything. Despite the great progress that this great country has made, racism is still alive and well and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Why would you expect it to be any different in politics Everyone says that they don't want racism to be a factor yet both of their teams seem to continually stir the pot – not necessarily the candidates but their handlers that know that when racism is spun the right way it can win elections. That will only change when America changes and that won't be anytime soon.

    January 31, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. SAM

    Why doesn't Obama ever speak on the issues that He is bi-racial. That topic I believe will relate to all American (black & white). Also, I think he needs to speak about being raised by his Grandparents, to Senior Citizens.

    Just a thought

    January 31, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Carol

    Scott, Royal Oaks.... hearts Obama. Day after day after day after day.

    January 31, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Harry

    The Hulkster is endorsing Obama? That's all I needed to hear! Obama 08!!!

    January 31, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Mae

    This is really hilarious, who cares about all of these worn out folks who are endorsing BO. By the way arent' they all past history, I thought the future is the BO Camp's theme. It was good for a few days because CNN focused its nasty remarks on the repubs and left Golden Boy out of the news, that was refreshing!

    January 31, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Charm, San Diego CA

    Sure the Hulkster has a right to say who he's endorsing. That's one of the great things about America. You can do that without fear of someone with a machete whacking off your unmentionables. But in the same instance, it's a sad thing that so many American's are influenced over celebrity endorsements. Especially those who have had their knoggen slammed into the floor a few times. *sigh*

    January 31, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Casey

    Newsbreak: CNN is ready to announce that Bambi, Grouchy Smurf, Cinderella, Templeton from Charolette's Web, and Peter Pan are all going endorse Obama!
    It's really all over for Hillary now!

    January 31, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Tony

    Now the voters can see who is really for Special Interest. I suppose nothing will ever get don if he wins the Presidency.

    January 31, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Dan

    REALLY???? This is what our election has boiled down to... which "B", "C" or "D" listed star supports a candidate. No wonder the world laughs at our process.

    January 31, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. California Independent

    I know CNN is trying to keep their candidate Obama in the media, but can't you come up with something substantial? Ha! Ha! Look... I just made a funny....'substantial' and Obama in the same sentence, get it?

    January 31, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Lisa

    Geez, enough with the support of obama you no how he got the 32mil, huh??? promises promises to the kennedy's and OTHER'S WHO'S THE WASHINGTON SOCIALITE?????????????? INSIDER????????????????

    January 31, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Impressed

    Frankly, I'm impressed that Hulk Hogan has an opinion about a political candidate. His life and fortunes have nothing to do with politics.....he doesn't have to endorse anyone to get his picture in the paper and.it demonstrates (yet again) how sensible and straightforward Obama's message is, and how much we all believe in his abilites and want him to be the President!

    Go Obama! And thanks Hulk Hogan!

    January 31, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Bill

    It truly will be a sad day in this country if the americans have to result to obama to lead this country. obama will run this country furthur into the ground than bush already has and so will hillary clinton. our best choice right now is to not pick any democrat. we owe it to all the troops that have been over to iraq and back, that have died in iraq, and that are currently in iraq to stay on the course and finish that job that we started so that we or our children or grandchildren don't have to go back to finish a job that we did not complete. We must not pull out to soon and we must not set timetables. Timetables will just give Al Queada a date for when they can attack us or even Iraq again. We need to get our priorities in order and electing the first black president or the first woman president is definitley not a priority in the 2008 elections because they will definitely not bring the change that the United States of America is looking for or NEEDS!

    January 31, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. emma

    Don't we have free speech anymore. The Hulk has the absolute right to endorse any one that he thinks will put our great nation back on track. We need some fresh air in the system and I believe only Obama represents that in this race.

    January 31, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Allen

    Barack Obama for 2008 !!!! He is the right man for the job; he will “Unite” this nation as one. He will make a difference for the lives of all people regardless of who you are or what you believe in. This Man is a great Man, and I believe he bring about the change this country so desperately needs. This is the “United” States of American and he “Barack Obama” is this nations best choice.

    January 31, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. little_bit_help

    Obama lovers, we are getting there.. just need a little bit push...now the race is even.

    Try to get a friend or a relative to vote for Obama.. that will make a big difference....

    here is the excrept from the Rasmussen reports:

    In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, it’s now Hillary Clinton 42% and Barack Obama 35%. (see recent daily numbers). Last night was the first night of interviews without John Edwards in the race. For last night’s data alone, Clinton and Obama were essentially even. Samples for individual nights are very small and results should be interpreted with caution. The next Presidential Tracking Poll update is scheduled for Friday at 11:00 a.m.

    January 31, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. ANTI CLINTONS

    Good heavens, Hulk Hogan! It doesn't matter what celebrity backs a politician, I just want Obama to win!

    Obama 08!

    January 31, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Dave C - N.J.

    Celebrity endorsements don't really sway anyone...it's been proven time and time again.

    Obama did not ask for Hulk to endorse him.

    If you don't like the ticker, don't read it.

    Hulk is more successful and in better shape than any of you jerks. 🙂

    January 31, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. larry buchas, new britain, ct

    What's he gonns' do, hit the campaign trail? Maybe he can incite the crowd & rip his shirt?

    Now that these tough guys are endorsing candidates, what's left for Hillary

    My guess it's Fabulous Moolah.

    January 31, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. Derek

    I find it ironic that hardline so called "united states" citizens can't even buy into someone who really cares about doin just that, UNITING the country. but i guess they are satisfied with the same-ole' same-ole'. And when a celebrity, who is a U.S. citizen the last time i checked, voices his choice, we are up in arms about it.
    i bet the next thing you'll say is that because hogan is a former professional wrestler his vote shouldn't count. i wonder also if alot of people would take this stance if he had endorsed hillary clinton. Gee if we shouldn't value the opinions of celebrites; i guess Ronald Reagan would've never been president. huh and that's funny. Anyone remember Jesse the body Ventura. He was once a governor. Imagine that

    January 31, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. Conan

    Well that seals it. I always base my vote on what the Hulkster suggests.

    January 31, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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