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. shawn

    What you gonna do hillary when the largest group of old men backing Obama comes down on you? Um, agent of change? Who's the next old white dude to support Obama? Change is not getting support from the relics. Kerry, Kennedy, Hogan...ect Change is a nice word, but HOW are you going to do this, WHEN would this take place and WHERE would the change be? Show me some substance!

    January 31, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Wiselectorate

    Obama 08. YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. SONIA

    so who cares do voters vote for candidates or who is supporting them

    January 31, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. hope

    It blows me away how judgemental people are on who does what, if it not in their interest or things don't go there way, then out comes the fights and smears.
    Does it matter who supports whom the grand scheme of things? Are we not alll americans who live in a country of free choices?
    So with all the endorsements and support to whom ever, is just an indication of who they believe in................is there anything wrong with that?
    Are they endorsing and supporting the candidate, or is the candidate endorsing or supporting THEM?????????? Is this campaign about the supporters or the candidates??????? THINK THINK, or
    Go figure,
    go OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Mike Parris

    Dave Powell is on the money! (See below) ... The Clintons may be experienced, but they bring a tractor-trailer full of skeletons with them. America, WAKE UP! We don't need to contintue this Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton routine! We need fresh ideas and new faces in our government ... McCain or Obama! I personally think an Obama/Edwards ticket would be an electable ticket ... I think McCain is getting a little long in the tooth. However, if it is Hillary vs. McCain, my vote goes to McCain in a heartbeat!

    January 31, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Mark

    lighten up people! Hogan was asked a question and gave it his answer. No one claims that Hogan major endorsement, it's just light-hearted news.

    Obama 08

    January 31, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Ryan

    Hillary Clinton is basically playing politics without understanding the reality of being the President of the United States of America. I don't think she can handle the pressure of today's world.

    Incase she wins the democratic nomination and happens to defeat her republican rival, the pressure of being president will make her to always cry behind doors in the oval office.

    It seems like Bill Clinton wants to be president again in 2008. I don't know if he is campaigning for himself or for Hillary.

    Barack Obama is the person America needs now (not want). It is high time we americans see people by their character and what they stand for and not by the color of thier skin.

    If Hillary Clinton becomes the president of the United States of America? the nation will regret it forever. That's my prediction

    January 31, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Shaun

    Really CNN, do you think this is noteworthy news? This is sad.

    January 31, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. Tumbleweed 86

    It's almost as insulting for me to type this, but I had to. Does anyone, I mean anyone, seriously care what a washed-up, steroid fueled, pseudo-celebrity 'endorses'? Man he's as pathetic as the candidate he's backing.

    January 31, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Tim

    Hillary gets many endorsements like this every day, but it is hardly ever mentioned in the media. This is no big deal. Hillary still has about twice the endorsements Obama has.

    January 31, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    Let's see...

    Within the last few months, Hulk Hogan's son was in a car accident that resulted in permanent injuries to his buddy (an Iraq War veteran), despite receiving several speeding accidents in the past.

    Soon thereafter, Hulk Hogan's wife filed for divorce (whether this is a stunt to safeguard the Hogan fortune due to the aforementioned unfortunate accident victim is another issue).

    It seems to me that Hulk Hogan needs to reset his priorities and focus on his fractured family before concerning himself with the political arena.

    January 31, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Ned

    Hulksters endorsement of Obama carries more weight than Schwarzeneggers endorsemrnt of McCain. Maybe this shouldn't be important, but the fact is .... it is important to millions of Hogan fans.

    January 31, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Terrence

    What about the ROCK ? He needs to join the Hulkster and support Barack Dr. Spock Obama.

    I'll take the Rock and Hulkster against Chuck Norris and Stallone any day.

    Let's have a Steel Cage Grudge Match for the Democratic Nomination !

    "Can you smeeeellllllll what Barack is cooking ?!!!"

    January 31, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. Alex H

    Ashley – Congratulations, you just discovered that an article about a WRESTLER backing OBAMA has attracted MALE OBAMA SUPPORTERS... your point is???

    January 31, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Trannon

    Boo!!! Hulk!

    Rowdy Roddy Piper should've taken care of you back in the 80s.

    January 31, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Jason

    I think the primary process will end up being more exciting than the actual general election contest, unless of course a third party candidate jumps in and gives us some common sense for a change.

    We're sleepwalking towards a Clinton/Obama versus McCain/Huckabee situation. Romney? I dunno. Either way, these last five are perhaps the most boring candidates left.

    Way to go America. Obama is all sentimental and feel-goody with vapid answers on everything, Huckabee is the sentimental feel-goody on the other side(a cross of Jimmy Carter/Bill Clinton/Elmer Fudd), Romney is the Kerry of '08, McCain is really boring and displays lots of arrogance when he's winning, and Hillary is the pro-war, pro-Amnesty lefty(wrong on both of those key issues). It's all just more of the same.

    Richardson, Dodd, Edwards, Paul and Biden. I'd take those five over the five that are left any day. Once again, we dismiss reason and sound judgment over flash, style, sentimentality and a whole lot of sunshine blown up our butts.

    January 31, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Ken

    THIS LOCKS IT FOR ME. OBAMA IS THE MAN!!!

    January 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Sharon

    Can anyone suggest a news channel that isn't biased one way or the other....just gives facts on both sides?????

    Really, I'm serious......

    January 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Latina for HILLARY

    Hulk is a dork..He only said that for TV, but who he really voted for was Hillary..LOL

    January 31, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. bob, IOWA

    I just joined the The Educated for OBAMA 08

    January 31, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. observer

    And this is news? Maybe he came on board to help hold Ted Kennedy up. Not as though these endorsements mean much, Hulk has a lot sitting on his shoulders right now after his last little bit of news. Welcome to him Obama. Most of these endorsements just brings to light some checkered past. of the endorser. They would better serve themselves just staying neutral, guess negative attention is better than no attention. Vote Hillary

    January 31, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. james, newport, KY

    I like Hulk Hogan, even if I disagree with his politics. But if McCain is the nominee for the Repubs, then I might vote for Obama....why not? What else left has this country to lose?

    January 31, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Danny A

    What you gonna do? When Obama and Hulkamania run wild on you?

    January 31, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. john g

    For all the clinton supporters claiming that the media is being biased. U support the incumbant candidate, the wife of a former president, she should have the majority of the endorsements, she should have the most money. When some guy comes out of nowhere and gives the establishment a crebible fight then thats newsworthy. Hillary Clinton's endorsemnts are being reported (i saw maxine waters the other day and somehow i know barbara streisand is supporting her), although most of them she got when she was the inevitable nominee. However, considering the dynamics of the race the fact that obama is getting so many recently is newsworthy.

    January 31, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Jake, California

    Nice move machine man...go kick some back sides for us...we'll need you in the general elections cuz Hillary will be gone by the end of Super Tuesday!

    January 31, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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