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

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

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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.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (358 Responses)
  1. Cynthia

    Congratulations to all the Senator Clinton supporters on getting another endorsement in your column. We all need to get away from the nastiness and let this thing play out in the polls and come together as a party and defeat the Republicans.

    April 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Tamara, Chespeake, VA

    Whenever Clinton gets an endorsement, it's a "big" endorsement. A 9-point win is a "big" win. But yet her campaign is saying that if Obama only wins by 10 points in N.C., they will consider it a "victory". What is the deal with the media and Clinton? You all don't owe her anything! And by the way, the governer is only endorsing her now because he has nothing at stake-he can't run for another term anyway.

    April 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. HillarySkank on myspace

    edit : make that: Hillary is more of a man?

    April 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. ALEX MORALES

    NORTH CAROLINA FOR HILLARY!
    Hillary, a choice based on record, credentials...a job well suited for this candidate!!!

    April 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. carlo

    Well, governor, don't forget to include in your endorsement that HIllary's big backer from Howard School of Divinity is the one who orchestrated, organized, and invited Rev. Wright to the Press Club fiasco the day before Obama's Philadelphia speech. You'll have to go to Politico and Huffington Post for details, but it is in the New York Times today.

    Let's see if CNN has the guts to cover this and explain how Rev. Wright got so much press from them this weekend.

    April 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Dennis in IA

    Hillary – look at the delegate count – you are like an outdoor wind spinner – just spinning in the wind! There is no way you can catch Barack unless you plan to finally become the Republican you are turning into. You need to win 70% of all the delegates in the final primaries and have the popular vote and pledge delegates get our votes over turned. Please gracefully bow out of the race after NC and IN. The party needs unity and that is not certainly your strong point.

    April 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. JD

    I am amazed at how obnoxious, condascending, and spiteful Obama's supporters are. It goes way beyond a "cult of personality"...it's so sad to see the elitist Dems behave this way.

    April 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Richard

    Who thinks that Obama can actually win this fall? The democratic superdelegates will have to vote for Clinton, because after all, like Dean said, they should vote for the one that's more electable. That's were the women who makes Rocky look like a pansy.

    HILLARY 08

    April 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. DENIS

    I respect Hillary's stick-to-it . . . in what has largely been a media & Hollywood Hype campaign to get her to drop out so Obama can get a walk to the nomination.

    The events of the last two weeks illustrate that Obama is not up to the rough & tough world of presidential politics.

    The Rev. Wright affair is the likely template of the kind of characters that would accompany a "President" Obama into the White House.

    Yes, there is a Wimp Factor and John McCain is hoping that Obama gives him the chance to prove it.

    April 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. Deb

    Keep flying to your strengths Hillary!

    Obama is no longer a viable candidate-and we'll prove it again!

    On to November when we take on McCain-and win!

    Congratulations! You look Great!

    Hillary 08

    April 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. JJ in NY

    Rocky was a loser too, but hillary is THE BIGGEST LOSER !

    April 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. ACFX

    No man needs a woman to fight for him

    April 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga

    "ROCKY" ... I WOULD LIKE TO THROW A ROCK AT HER !!!

    April 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Doug

    Easley will help with the over 50 white group. Most people who pay any attention to NC politics know he has been a hands-off, marginally effective governor. But, he has wrecked a NASCAR, so some people think postively of that, for some strange reason.

    What gives with the "pansy" reference, a little shallow don't you think?

    April 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. united dems

    Michelle, The pastor is a former pastor of a church in the town of Clinton, NY. it has nothing to do with The Clintons.
    Let's not sling untruths here.

    OBama 08

    April 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Lisa Gross

    I like many people have made up our minds already to support Barack Obama and endorsments really don't have much of an affect unless it is Al Gore, Pelosi, Carter, Dean, Clyburn or so on. I listen to these endorsments!

    April 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. former democrat

    If Obama wins:

    Obama 2008!!!!!

    if Clinton 'wins'

    McCain 2008 - Obama 2012

    April 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. gerald strother

    Can't overturn the will of the people ! IT will be ugly if they overturn, Do the MATH no way for her to win ulessThey Can't overturn the will of the people ! Then what has she won ??? overturn my volt and in no way will volt for her , now is win the most delegates she has my volt

    April 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. Neutral

    Koolaid drinkers, they have TERM LIMIT in North Carolina, Easley has been elected TWICE as governor of his state. I thought you folks are "educated"?

    Easley was elected governor of NC in 2000 and 2004, he has restored fiscal responsibilities in NC , increase investment in education and infrastructures. He has created JOBS for people of his state at the same time improving their educational system. He is very popular in his own state.

    His endorsement of Hillary is NO BRAINER! Governor Easley wanted a MOVER in the Whitehouse NOT a talker.

    April 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Eric-PA

    "Easley, a two term governor who is unable to run for re-election because of term limits"

    Ah, a decision NOT based on politics but based on a gut feeling unlike Obama's endorsements which were likey the result of political pressure!

    April 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Mercedes

    UMMM! How much did he get for this endorsement? Did she offer him a seat in her cabinet? Well, we have to just see who gets the last laugh, don't we Hillary. After all, only Hillary and her followers are still in denial that Obama is the front runner and will win. Trust me, the superdelegates are much more wise than this idiot who probably don't have much to loose.

    April 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. John, Washington DC

    "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.

    Just what we need, a stubborn, aggravating person in the White House.

    BTW folks, Rocky lost...

    April 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. Jamaal Kansas

    Hillary is a con artist she know she can't win and when his state comes over to Obama's column he will have to switch his alliance

    April 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. Ovidiu Carstea, Florida

    Anyway, she needs to win 70% of the votes on the rest of the states.

    No additional endorsements will help Hillary.

    What about Hillary 2007 TAX return that was supposed to be released 2 days after Pennsylvania primary?

    April 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. Bob, Lyons Oregon,

    well, she finally got someone to endorse her, good for her. Obama has gotten six endorsements from NC.

    Obama 08, and 12

    April 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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