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. Legare

    Well let's see if she can take on rocky like the russian in the movie. This endorsement is just a favor of the clintons.

    April 29, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. McShame

    did he get his $$$$ from the Clintons yet???!!!!

    April 29, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. NObama

    Finally! Come on people, I can understand why people are not the biggest fan of Hillary, but I want a democrat in the White House next year!!

    Dukakis = Gore = Kerry = Obama = great guys...

    but all losers!!! We need a democrat that can WIN!

    April 29, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Tim

    It will end after NC. Senator Clinton is already working on earmarks for her return to NY after she departs the race.

    Obama 08!!!!

    April 29, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Biased CNN

    Another sniper fire...
    Still she is far behind. She needs 150 delegates

    April 29, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. UNA

    SHE DOESN'T GET IT....WINNING MORE SEATS IN RED AND PURPLE STATES GIVES THE MAJORITY NEEDED TO ENACT CHANGE. IF SHE IS THE NOMINEE THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN..IT WILL BE A REPEAT OF BILL CLINTON LOSING THE MAJORITY BY IGNORING THOSE STATES. FOLKS WHO EASLEY BRINGS WITH HIM TODAY WILL DEFECT TO MCCAIN TOMORROW

    April 29, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Eunice, Maryland

    Thank you!!!!! Thank you!!!!! Thank you!!!!! Thank you!!!!!

    Thank you!!!!! Thank you!!!!! Thank you!!!!! Mr. Governor.

    What a smart guy,
    .

    Thank God Madam President is becoming a reality. Took a long time but it is worth all the trouble.

    Hillary is going to win North Carolina and Indiana and nomination and finally the General Election.

    Go Madam President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! '08

    April 29, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. McShame

    did he get his $$$$ from the Clintons yet??????

    April 29, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. Diane from Alberta

    Easley is correct! Although, Clinton is more like a wandering Godzilla, smashing, crashing and destroying the Democratic party as she goes!
    What a shambles she will leave behind but determined you bet. Now we all know why she stuck by Bill after Monica.. her love for the White House and the power she had was worth more than anything to her. She had her eye on the "prize" all along.
    Her manipulating, power hungry antics will get her close but she will never sit as president in the White House.
    Obama 08

    April 29, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Robert in ABQ

    The big question is...... where is John Edwards? I think BOTH Clinton and Obama should offer Edwards a major role in their administration if they are elected... he's be the BEST Att. General this country has seen is many many years!

    April 29, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Orlando Jacinto

    Big deal. Who is this guy?

    April 29, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Jamaal Kansas

    Hilary probaly promised him the vp nod when she tries to still the nominiation she stil will not win north carolina

    April 29, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Annamica, OH

    OMG...look at the jealousy on this page. It's ok guys. Cling to Obama, who is btw the past in this season, and we will watch our hero take back the WH. :)

    April 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Andrea, Byron Center, MI

    Finally, somebody smart that can see the light!

    Go HILLARY'08

    April 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Thompson

    She will still lose the state despite the endorsement....

    April 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Christopher W. Mannoia

    Oh, she sure does; and she is punching the heck out of the Democrats' chances winning the White House this year!

    April 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Fedup

    I was surprised by the comments on the previous article regarding this topic. What was surprising was the number of people who said they would not vote for him when he ran for Governor again? They are not political suavy about their own state and its term limits. Must be all those smart Obama-bots? LMAO

    April 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. Osmond

    Good for her. Im not a supporter but she deserves an endorsment. But Barack just picked up a superdelegate in Kentucky.

    April 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. Fedup

    I was surprised by the comments on the previous article regarding this topic. What was surprising was the number of people who said they would not vote for him when he ran for Governor again? They are not political suavy about their own state and its term limits. Must be all those smart Obama-bots? LMAO

    April 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. Susan MO

    We hope the good people of beautiful North Carolina will vote for Hillary Clinton.

    Why?

    She is experienced, for the people, and a fighter.

    Why not Obama?

    Lacks experiece, slammed the people of Pennsylvania, and says, 'Change', but does not elaborate on what the change is.

    Hillary 08 :)

    April 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. lady

    when Hillary Steals the nom. from Obama ,
    he Must run as Independent.

    obama 2008

    April 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Jose'

    She certainly is more masculine than Obama!

    April 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. DAN

    Jobs plus green jobs, healthcare for everyone, ending the war, bringing down the price of gas, getting affordable education, helping people stay in their homes and end forclosing trend, getting Al Qaeda and capturing Bin Laden. fixing the economy and eliminating the deficit. There someone you can count on and beleive. Go Hillary

    April 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. FloridaforHillary

    You go girl.

    So proud of you, and Thank you for being so persistent.

    Florida loves you Hillary!

    April 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. J. Kaiser

    GO Hillary! The tide is turning!

    April 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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