January 31st, 2008
11:06 AM ET
15 years ago

Hulk Hogan backs Barack Obama

(CNN) - Until this week, it looked like Republicans might have a lock on the famous tough guy demographic this year: Mike Huckabee has hit the campaign trail with martial arts star Chuck Norris and WWE star Ric Flair, and John McCain got the nod of approval from Rambo himself, Sylvester Stallone.

But on Tuesday, as his home state headed to the polls, Florida resident Terry Bollea – ‘Hulk Hogan’ to millions of wrestling fans – announced his own presidential pick: Democrat Barack Obama.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Bollea was asked who he would like to see in the Oval Office. "If I had to step out, and say who I really believe in - that catches my ear, that makes sense, that really can make a change - I would say Obama," he replied.

"Everybody plays this card - the bad guy card, you know the dirty politics thing, talk about the way people dress, act and look - and, he's the choice. He seems like the real deal, you know."

Florida's Democratic vote, which awarded no delegates, went to New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. D. Smith

    Just because someone dresses well, has great speech and looks nice does not mean they will be able to run this country. I believe that Obama will be a good leader someday but not now. He does not have the experience. How can someone that has not run a city or a state be able to run this country? I do believe that he has some great ideas, but he has no experience. I mean, I could come up with some awesome ideas that would be great for this country, but I don't think that anyone will vote for me.

    January 31, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. this is important

    Hulk voted in Florida, thats right he was part of the 33%, not the 50% winning vote.
    That will constinutionallly count in August and in November for sure.

    January 31, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. Sandy

    And this is important why???? Hulk Hogan! Give me a break.

    January 31, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Deez nuts

    D. Smith I agree with your latest point. No one would vote for you.
    Go Obama!!

    January 31, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. romeo


    January 31, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Tom Pistelli

    Fellow Americans,

    I see a large number of us taking jabs at Obama because of brief interaction with Tony Rezko, however the Clintons were in the same boat with Rezko. Please Google Tony Rezko and Clintons...Bill and Hill took a photo with Tony while Bill was running for President (2nd term). If we're going to attack Obama for this relationship, we'll need to attack the Clintons as well. Fair is Fair...the info is noted below...

    feeds.chicagotribune.com/~r/chicagotribune/news/~3/223016085/chi-swamp15-storylink,1,3799277.storylink – 104k

    January 31, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Hillary Supporter

    Hulk Hogan does not hold an weight except for probably Steroids, he did not care about his son when he provided him with alcohol when he was underaged which led to another underaged being hospitalized. No one care's what he thinks, he obviously does not think!

    Hillary for President!

    January 31, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Grow up people, its politics and you are being very shallow.

    January 31, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Hillary Supporter

    It seems as though alot of Alcoholics are coming out of the wood works and supporting Obama! Hmmm

    Hillary for President!

    January 31, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Robb, New York

    So whatcha gonna do Hillary when Barack Obamamania runs wild on you?

    January 31, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Thash

    Homer Simpson for Obama!!

    January 31, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Wayne, Wentzville MO

    I always knew that Hulk Hogan was a decent guy. Well this proves it! Thank you Hulk Hogan for your intelligent endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for President of The United States. I pray that your son is much better after that tragic accident last year. You didn't deserve to have that in your life.

    Thank again for your fantastic endorsement of Senator Barack Obama. It's much appreciated!

    January 31, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Ben

    I know alot of SERIOUS wrestling fans they may now side with Obama b/c they think Hogan is a god. I already love Obama, this just makes me love him more.

    January 31, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. judy who

    Who is Paris Hilton going to endorse? And what about Urkel?

    February 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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