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. Anonymous

    I think Democrats need to seriously consider a ticket of Clinton and Obama ....together...this
    might be a good way to overcome the devisiveness that seems so persistent now...and give the ticket a "double whammy" .

    April 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. pam wolf

    I HOPE THE SUPER DELEGATES LOOK LONG AND HARD BEFORE CASTING THEIR VOTES – IF CLINTON IS NOT THE NOMINEE I BET THEIR WILL BE A REP IN THE WHITE HOUSE AGAIN – OBAMA IS A LOT OF TALK AND NOTHING MORE – HE HAS A BIG EGO AND NOT MUCH SUBSTANCE – I WOULD NOT VOTE FOR HIM UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES – SO SUPER DELEGATES PLEASE CONSIDER VERY CAREFULLY THE OPTIONS BEFORE MAKING A CHOICE – VOTE WITH YOUR HEAD AND NOT YOUR HEART.

    April 29, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Judy Who

    Makes Rocky look like a pansy? Will the same Dems who jumped on Schwarzenegger for using the term 'girlie men' and accused him of being homophobic jump on Gov. Easley now?

    April 29, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Levae

    Bill gave him a check.

    April 29, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. CST

    Obama supporters:

    Your guy can't win. It doesn't get any simpler than that.

    April 29, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Kevin

    What a pointless endorsement. She will still lose the state by a bigger margin than Obama lost in Pennsylvania. She would rather be endorsed by someone who matters in North Carolina, like Ric Flair, Michael Jordan, or Dale Jr. LOL

    April 29, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Illinois

    Clinton gets another big endorsement. While endorsements don't always mean much of anything, I think this one will go a long way to increasing her appealability to the voters of NC. Hillary's the only one who can fix this country anyway, so he jumped on the right ship!!

    April 29, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. david

    Well at least someone is awake.

    Hopefully NC will wake up like Pennsylvania did and she can cut the lead.

    BTW, we haven't seen a recent poll in NC.

    YES SHE WILL!

    April 29, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. karen from va

    EARMARKS

    April 29, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. American Patriot

    Clinton has no chance of winning unless she uses corrupt Delegates to stael the nomination and promise them cash donations and jobs in the white house. That means your vote did not count at all.

    The Governor backing her has been promised a job in the white house, that you can bank on.

    They are crooks.

    Will Bill be able to keep his pants on in the whitehouse.

    He did'nt as President

    April 29, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. dl

    Thank you Gov Easley for your support of
    Sen Clinton..

    April 29, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. karen from va

    $2.2 BILLION

    April 29, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Dave, PA

    The best endorsement that Hillary has gotten is Rev. Wright's endorsement of Obama. Every time that man opens his mouth he drives voters who aren't members of the "black church" from Obama to Clinton.

    April 29, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. jeff

    Not only does Hillary get the nod form North Carolina's governor, she also has received the endorsement of radio host Howard Stern!

    Let's elect someone with a bit more credibility than another Clinton.

    Fifty year old college educated white Texan for Obama.

    April 29, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. karen from va

    $2.2 Billion of our money

    April 29, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Theresa

    This is HILARIOUS!!!

    Rocky was smart but he was a good guy. He had heart.
    Hillary is an intellegent ruthless bull dog who doesn't give a second thought to the people she hurts whether they've helped her or not. She has no ethics. Just ask Peter Paul...

    April 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. NOOOBAMA!!!

    Thank God, someone in the country still has brains to endorse Clinton!

    I thought NC was NObamas state?? Hmm howcome the Gov is endorsing Clinton??
    Just more confirmation that Nobama is indeed a crook and all banter!

    God Bless Hillary ALL THE WAY!!!

    Obama, step down NOW!!!

    April 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. bigben

    Obama , the house of cards is falling

    April 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. joe

    I VOTED FOR OBAMA

    BASED ON WHAT I KNOW NOW

    I WANT MY VOTE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I WANT TO MY VOTE TO GO TO HILLARY NOW

    AND IT WILL GO TO HILLARY OR MCCAIN IN NOVEMBER NOW

    April 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. MD in OK

    Is Hillary the only candidate who understands the "challenges" we face? Is that the best answer he could give. Now I know it's not about choosing the best candidate for the job, but what's in it for me, right Easley?

    April 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. karen from va

    $2,2 billion in taxpayer dollars for special programs

    April 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Peter

    Obama will get an endorsement from Rep.Ben Chandler (Kentucky) later this day. This means Clinton leads with around 20 supers.

    April 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Lena

    Yes, she truly is a fighter. The type of fighter that would start more wars and easily trigger nuke standoffs. Yes, we definitely need her after 8 years of bush fighting.

    April 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Democrat now IND

    Clinton doesn't get the respect she so deserves. I have talked to people that have had a change of heart in the message of change and hope. if the party doesn't see that they they will not be a WIN in Novebmer.

    April 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. no hillary

    i will Never vote for a 2nd liar in the W.H. never, ever

    Clintons= G. Bush The Third

    April 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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