April 29th, 2008
01:35 PM ET
10 years ago

Easley on Clinton: She makes Rocky look like a 'pansy'


Watch Easley's comments Tuesday.

(CNN) - North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley formally endorsed Hillary Clinton's White House bid Tuesday, saying the New York senator "gets it."

"It's time for somebody to be in the White House who understands the challenges we face in this country," Easley said at a rally in Raleigh with Clinton at his side. "They are significant. I never ever thought the United States of America could get in as much trouble as we have over the last 7 or 8 years."

Easley, a popular two term governor who is unable to run for re-election because of term limits, also praised Clinton for her persistence.

"I've been accused of being persistent, and down right aggravating…but this lady right here makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy," Easley said.

The endorsement gives the New York senator a symbolic boost in the state she is trailing Barack Obama by double digits. Easley is particularly popular with white, working class voters - a constituency that has favored Clinton in other primary states. He is the second superdelegate from North Carolina to back Clinton. Six North Carolina superdelegates have endorsed Obama.

Easley is a former backer of John Edwards' White House bid.

A recent ARG poll shows Obama leading Clinton by 10 points in the state.

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soundoff (358 Responses)
  1. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Again she has offered false hopes for a VP spot. He will not be re-elected again in NC................guaranteed !!! He was not in such a strong position to begin with and now without the African American support or White Educated Group or President Obama's support in ANY NC Primary he will have a tough time. Maybe he can run in NY ???

    April 29, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Kathleen

    With the latest revelation about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the close relationship between him and Senator Obama, I truely don't believe now that Senator Obama can win the general election in November. And who knows what other bonb shell will surface between now and then? The Republican's attack machine and the right wing media will crucify him, ruin his reputation, and possibly bring his once-promising political career to a dead end.

    Senator Obama needs to step aside and spend the next four years repairing his political resume. He can also use this time to gain national and international experience. In this way he can run again in 4 or 8 years with a renewed sense of confidence.

    April 29, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Asian Voter

    No matter what Americans say about Hillary, Asian Countries and other European countries still love the Clintons. My advise to all the jealous people out there is to stop your evil comments about Hillary because you're only making her look like a MARTYR!

    April 29, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Corey, Maryland

    Mr. Easley,

    If you make your choice for president by how "tough" they are compared to a fictional movie character, I think you need to rethink the way you vote. If Hillary is so tough, then why isn't she winning the nomination.

    Obama Richardson 2008

    April 29, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Hillectability

    Hill"s latest endorsement is proof that the tide indeed has turned.

    The governor at this point has nothing to gain but picking the best candidate to win the white house race against McCain.

    Go Hillary go!

    April 29, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Dee

    'Pansy'? Nice language there Gov. Easley. Us Virginians and North Carolinians are good neighbors. They will vote like VA did.


    April 29, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Jen B.

    A vote for the Clintons is a vote for corruption and lies.

    April 29, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Caimon

    CNN you can't put no negative spin on this. The headline for this Politicalticker should had been "North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley endorses Clinton." My headline for today is "CNN-OBAMA loses, Clinton and American People win.

    April 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. AXH

    Wake up America! What a joke! Hillary Clinton needs to get out of the race...go home already!

    April 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. michael

    If we have to hear obama yes we can one more time, I'm going to puke. His great change is right out of rev. Wright's book. He's lousy at debates, he lacks substance. The only thing he has going for him is he's a good speaker with a teleprompter. Hey Bush was okay with a teleprompter, look what we got. Clinton cleans his clock in almost every debate and Obama tries to copy every policy she has. So for all you Obama supporters, where's the substance?

    April 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Gwen NC

    Easley has been a good 2 term Governor of our state. So if you're not from my state, shut your d.... mouth. I'm unaffiliated, not typical democrat, not typical republican, "not typical white person". I'm simply an American, many in this state support Hillary, I promise you it won't be what Obama people expect here, it's going to be a different kind of blowout.

    April 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Billy from Florida

    Easley has a lot of clout and he will bring voted to Hillary.

    And I agree with him, this lady is a fighter and that's what we need in the white house. Idon't think she will back down from anyone and
    will get what she wants for the american people.

    April 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Chanda-Cincinnati Ohio

    The only reason the keep comparing her to fictional characters is because she is completely UNBELIEVABLE!!! She, unfortunately, has the "I'll show you I can stomp with the big dogs" mentatlity right now. Our enemies and allies will not want to sit down with a bull dog. You people really need to do some research on her White House years.

    P.S. Hillary...21 debates is enough!! Stop trying to get free airtime!

    April 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. my lord you must be joking.

    Rocky is a fictional character.... FICTIONAL CHARACTER. Once again the democrats are living in a delusional paradise. Now McCain, a REAL human being who's withstood 5 and 1/2 years of torture, is tough. And he may be for the war in Iraq, but he's actually committed a son to the cause. Unlike a vast majority of you talking heads. socialism will bankrupt this country, mark my words.

    April 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Chris

    So I wonder what Clinton is promising him? Doesn't matter anyway because Obama will get the nominee.


    April 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. carla

    What about the fact that Wright's appearance on Monday was organized by an enthusiastic Clinton supporter? Why is this not in the news? I actually was a Clinton supporter but that is pretty bad and I'm perplexed why media is not covering this. Like I said, until now I was a Clinton supporter, but democrat first and finally I am realizing the Clintons will do anything for their personal goals verses the good of the country.

    April 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Reid

    Hillary, is that your lipstick on the Governors collar?????

    April 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Billy J Austin,TX

    We have GOT to elect this woman. The best hope for this country. Are there better candidates? Yeah, but they couldn't get past this ridiculous money hungry primary gauntlet. Why can't they just debate once a week for 3 months and then have one big vote for the party candidates? oh yeah... MONEY.... The state parties, the media, and professional politician flunkies don't make any money that way.

    In any case, she IS the best choice we have, out of the three potential candidates. And this IS an incredibly important election for the country. Obama is great, but not the executive we need right now. If things were good? You bet. But right now we need the Clintons.

    April 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. M.S. Indiana

    With about 300 super delegates left, and Obama getting them at a 6 to 2 rate, he will get about 228 more.... So now who is winning ??

    April 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. JOSH

    go hillary you are the best choice clearly and im puerto rican and puerto rico will go for you 100 percent i know in the bronx we are.....

    April 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Paul Wall

    Dear Voters of America,

    Let us not forget that Hillary has lied (misquote) since she has been on the national stage. It is time for CHANGE! The Clintons and Bushes have held the Oval Office for the last 20 years. America is getting worse and it is time for CHANGE. Obama is the ONLY solution to the ills of America.

    April 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. James

    The reason that Obama has not finished her off is because American is still about 20 years behind the rest of the world when it comes to accepting all people. We say as it as a nation, but hell our actions are very much different.

    Not to play the race card, cause I think it bs, but when you are out of the country you get a different perspective.

    April 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. April in Texas

    Mr. Easley, The american troubles go much further back that 7 or 8 years. With the Bosnia lies and sniper fire and the whitehouse transcripts that prove otherwise, I can not believe Hillary's claims that she is against NAFTA and such. Heck her husband Bill is still making bank on that very issue with 800,000 speaking engagemnts regarding CAFTA. Thanks to the Clintons, I lost my helath care ins due to all that NAFTA and Globalization crap the very thing they will FORCE me to get.. No wonder they have 109 million in their personal bank as they are professionals at screwing the little people like BLUE collar workers..

    Obama 08

    April 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Al

    Rocky a pansy? The only pansies I see are the "men" on here who support Hillary. You're either homosexuals or are backing Hillary because your wives are making you. You also probably like Elton John and Barbara Streisand.

    And Hillary Clinton makes Janet Reno look hot.

    April 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. Canadian Girl

    Its funny how they make such a big production over just one endorsement. Obama has gotten hundreds of endorsements. When will Senator Clinton realize that there is no mathematical way that she can win. There is nothing original about her campaign ... she has even gone as far as to change her slogan to "Yes We Will" ... wow, think of your own stuff. Obama has displayed leadership, creativity in his campaign ... and Clinton has done nothing but copy him, and talk trash.

    Obama for '08!!
    For Real Change!

    April 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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