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

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

CNN

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. Chris from VA

    Like Rendell, another Democratic LEADER for Hillary comes out in ADVANCE of his state's vote.

    Obama specializes in picking up "endorsements" from laggards and losers like Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry, New Mexico Gov Richardson and Senator Bingaman who come out for The Barack Slide MONTHS AFTER their states' Democrats have voted! For Hillary!

    April 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Sharon Minnesota

    Watch out Toni, the Obama radicals will eat you alive if you suggest that anyone but whites can be racist. I have first hand experience on that type of attack on these blogs.

    I happen to agree with you even if it's offensive to SOME Blacks to hear. The problem is that it's been their bag for so long they just can't see the trees for the racial forest they've been lost in so long.

    If the Unifier (Mr. Obama) was truly acting out his slogans of hope and unity, there wouldn't be so many racial overtones to his campaign. Subtle for sure but still speaking that messge loud and clear.

    April 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. S from Detroit

    Go Hillary!

    Obama is too young for president.. he needs more experience.

    Hillary 2008

    April 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Jack Cavanaugh, Portland, Or

    I wouldnt vote for Rocky either

    Obama 08

    April 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. latina

    AS I AM READING ALL COMMENTS IT’S SO SAD WHAT PEOPLE WRITE. THERE IS SO MANY THINGS HAPPEN IN OUR COUNTRY. WE WANT IT TO MAKE IT BETTER. I BELIEVE MRS. CLINTON WILL DO HER JOB. OBAMA THIS IS NOT YOUR TIME. PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THIS COUNTRY NEEDS A STRONG PERSON WHO KNOW & UNDERSTAND OUR PROBLEMS. PEOPLE THINK ABOUT OUR KIDS. LIKE OR NOT WHEN THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE POOR & RICH WERE HAPPY. THERE WILL BE TOO MANY RACE ISSUES GONG ON IF OBAMA WINS. WE HAVE NO TIME FOR RACE ISSUES. WE NEED TO FOLKS ON ECONOMICS

    April 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Jane, NC

    Gov. Easley has made NC proud. Sen. Clinton's readiness, her work ethic and her insight into the issues are only a few of the reasons she will make a good president. We cannot miss this rare window of opportunity to elect someone of her quality to the White House.

    April 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Zoey

    Men who support Hiliary are pansies.

    April 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Pride over Pejoratives

    I know I will take flack for this, but simply accepting the use of the word pansy is offensive, but calculated. Remind voters that Hillary really fits in with the good ole boys club. She can call a man a pansy with the best of them.

    For those of you who don't know the etymology of the phrase, pansy is a derogatory term for an effeminate homosexual man. It's offensive, especially to the effeminate homosexual man who might have voted for Hillary. He has every right to be himself, without denigration.

    April 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. T D Trent Supports Change!

    I hope Clinton doesn't think this is a compliment: "I've been accused of being persistent, and down right aggravating". At least he is right, she is very aggravating!!!

    The sick thing is if the roles were reversed, this race would have been over two months ago!

    April 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. Sandy

    The Titanic won't be floating for very long.

    O8bama

    April 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Cindy

    Obama has gained 80 superdelegates since February 5th and Hillary has gained 3 and lost a couple- Now you tell me who has the momentum... Obama hands down, CANDIDATES LIE AND TWIST THE FACTS BUT THE NUMBERS ARE THE NUMBERS!

    She cannot win but she continues to hang on even in the face of potentially brining down the party-

    the tougth thing people in someone's ability to united differing perspectives and from there choose what works better for most- it's the bet that any President can hope to accomplish and only ONE candidate has that potential-Obama.

    Hillary with all her experience STILL STANDS FOR THE SAME OLD POLICTICS, THAT'S WHAT HER EXPERIENCE WILL TAKE HER AND THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. George, Mason NH

    I love how Senator Clinton supporters place the onus for finishing her off on Senator Obama.

    Like some how, Senator Clinton is the underdog here.

    Who was Senator Obama 2 years ago?

    Despite Karl Rove type tactics, despite 8 years as the First Lady under a popular administration, Despite her big power donors, Despite the Clinton name Branding, Despite Her former president husband and semi-famous daughter campaigning for her.....................in the end she will have lost to a relative no name, green horn, senator from a rural state...........

    Senator Obama is the definition of the underdog holding off one of the most fierce and powerful woman in politics today.

    Obama 08, Obama 2012

    April 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Grant

    No shocker here, I would say "Popular Governor" is a great overstatement though, last I checked his approval ratings were in the low 40's! He has been in the Clinton camp for years, has nothing to gain by endorsing Obama, so he is taking a flyer that is Clinton pulls out NC, he becomes a star. His supporters are the "Bubba's, who she already has anyways..Obama picked up another Super today, and apparently 2 more will declare for him this afternoon, thus no gain for her

    April 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Yes we can!

    It doesn't matter. I'm starting to believe the superdelegates are loving this game. They want to be in control and feel they have all the power. The lies that people are waiting to see what happens June 3rd is ridiculous. When Obama won 11 straight victories, the people spoke then who they believed to be the better candidate, but the superdelegates sat on their behinds and allowed the media to take over the campaigns. I sat last night and all the news stations showed 6 straight hours of Rev. Wright. I was shocked Anderson Cooper said "Obama is having a rally now and we're going to monitor it to see if he says anything about Rev. Wright".....I like Anderson, but why didn't Roland or anyone else step up and say, wait a minute why aren't we waiting to hear him talk about the issue. This is what this campaign has turned into "a media frenzy"....If you dont like Obama than don't vote for him, but dont make your decision based on the media's perspective or rev. wright or a flagpin, but that you believe he's not the better candidate....I had my turn to vote and it was exciting and I feel for those who haven't voted yet, but at the same time, this has become a circus....NC and Indiana please go to the polls and shut this thing down, so Obama can do what he does best, Unite the People and the states and concentrate on the real election and beat McCain.

    April 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Voice

    Clintons are morally bankrupt. No matter how much gold you want to gild on her, it won't work. For anyone who still believes that "working hard" and "sounding off in policy" are enough for this country without a moral character, I seriously doubt his or her personal character and morality, not to mention a high government official who should know better.

    April 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. roger

    Way to go Easley.....I hope your fellow democrats in NC follow your endorsement, I also hope the voters in the remainder of primaries have gotten their eyes open to Obama.....he does not have at this time what it takes to be president he speaks a good speech but it has no substance...& I think he is more connected to Rev Wright than he is telling & he is a WHINER...

    April 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. Kevin

    Toni,

    For the same reason it's not sexist that so many women vote for Hillary without even THINKING about the issues or her actual character.

    April 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. sky

    Thats when she is not crying or whining, or just plain lying.

    April 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Glenn, Cary, NC

    Michelle – You accused Senator Clinton of having a pastor who molested a seven-year-old girl. It took me less than 30 seconds to Google the name of the pastor and find out that he has been called "a former Clinton pastor" because he was a pastor in the town of Clinton, NY (named for George Clinton, first governor of the state of NY). There is no connection whatsoever between the man you wrote about and either Senator Clinton or President Clinton. You are unbelievably stupid.

    April 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Ken

    She wont win North Carolina...

    And isn't the word "pansy" considered offensive?

    April 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. ShannonL

    I'm shocked that CNN has kept this up for so long. They normally make a point to slap something pro-Obama on top of anything pro-Clinton.

    It must be the ratings...

    April 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. APS in Hawaii

    Obama supporters just do not get it. Obama cannot win in November 2008. The last debate showed the inadequacy of Obama and his supporters cried foul because of the questions. The left wing media just does not get it, Obama can be the nominee, and he will lose by a wide margin. Do you really think that the GOP cross over voters are going to vote for him in November? They just voted for him to get of Hillary. The GOP wants Obama because they will trounce him over his ties with lobbyists, his pastor, his speeches with no specific plans, and his inability to win the big states. And Rove telling Obama how to win is the kiss of death.

    April 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Indiana will decide

    I have faith in the American people that they will make their choice for integrity, truth, and honesty, none of which is particularly evident in HRC these days – "The Tonya Harding of Politics".

    People keep asking why Obama can't seal the deal. Why hasn't Hillary sealed the deal? She has name recogintion, insider connections, cashing in on favors, and a somewhat popular ex-president for a husband. It hasn't served her so well.

    April 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Bob

    We are pleased that the Govenor of North Carolina has endorsed Hillary Clinton.She is very qualified for President;has abundant knowledge of worlf affairs.We must get out the vote on election day in North Carolina when they have their primary.If you are in North Carolina please urge everyone to vote.Thank you Governor Easley.

    April 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Yes for Obama

    Well I must say...she is right on the nose on comparing herself to Rocky... since he is fictional.. .lets go to the actor Sylvester Stallone.. guess who he is voting for??? MCCAIN!!!

    So yeah she can compare her self to a Republican anyday!!

    Good Job Hillary!!

    April 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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