January 31st, 2008
11:06 AM ET
14 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. Amy R.

    Hulk Hugan is the man, brother!!!!

    January 31, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    I bet Million Dollar Man is a big Hillary supporter

    January 31, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. tomdavie

    This is becoming more and more ridiculous journalism. Hulk Hogan supports Obama. What a national headline. I dont think Hillary Clinton WANTS support from a 70 year old meathead.

    January 31, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Dave Powell, NY

    I think a Clinton nomination will definitely cost the democrats the white house, and give the republicans 4 more years.

    The reasons are simple –
    Republicans and lots of democrats and independents cannot stand the Hillary Clinton. She appears too power-eager, over-ambitious, deceitful, calculating, and divisive.

    Some of them also are tired of this Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton partisan politics that it is becoming sickening.

    The scandals and baggage of the Clintons is too much, and it should be expected considering their political lifestyle.

    Bill Clinton's immorality and lack of decency and family values is terrible for the image of a president, co-president or presidential spouse.

    Hillary Clinton is not likeable and lacks sense of humor.

    McCain is very likeable and many democrats really like him.

    A strong third-party candidate will take lots of democrats from the Clintons.

    Come November, we will see. 4 more years for the Republicans !!

    January 31, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. joe

    a former reporter from D.C., Ca. and Atlanta said in an article today that the media is giving more air time and print space to Obama unfairly.

    The reporter had attended a Democratic dinner/rally in Atlanta where Clinton spoke, the NPR reported on a small group of Obama supporters who cheered but no mention of at least 1,000 Hillary supporters chanting "Hillary Hillary" when she entered the convention center.

    The media gave Obama more air time. The reporter stated he is sick and tired of how the media is pushing Obama and ignoring or distorting Clinton message...has got to stop.

    Case in point, CNN Hulk/Obama

    I can just imagine your CNN commentators "objective" analysis tonight after the debates.....especially Martin.....lol

    January 31, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. empire

    Since Barack Obama is already leading among people with college degrees, this may help him with the rest of Democratic electorate.

    Watch out Hulk- you may be tough, but Hillary Clinton is the kind of person who will break the rules and kick you in the groin.

    January 31, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. MJ


    January 31, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. M Obrien

    ummmm .... who cares?

    January 31, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Ray

    This is the guy that bought his underage son and friend alcohol and let him drive his car DRUNK and then wrecked with his friend still in the hospital right?

    Obama can have him.

    January 31, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. California voter

    CNN . . . is this really important news for the voters to know?????

    January 31, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. mike

    wow, how pathetic. first it's oprah, now it's hulk hogan.
    america is truly so shallow and dumb, it's hard to believe that this is actually reported as "news".

    any candidate who needs celebrity endorsements is a failure.

    Ron Paul 08

    January 31, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. Nate

    Seriously? This is news?

    January 31, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. dissem


    January 31, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Cheerio

    Much as I love Barack Obama... who cares what Hulk Hogan thinks? There is a lot of other news going on today, and you chose to report this. Come on.

    January 31, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. Jim ( Independent )

    Thank Hulk your a smart man !

    YES WE CAN !

    January 31, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Rafi, NY NY

    Excellent! This will help bring in the coveted mustache enthusiast vote. Still waiting for Burt Reynolds's endorsement.

    January 31, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Tom, Anaheim, CA

    Who's Hulk Hogan and why do I care who he endorses?

    January 31, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. CAL

    THE HULKSTER IS FOR OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. sTundra

    I believe this news was only overshadowed by the latest on Britney Spears. Can we dumb down things anymore than this? The media is a part of the cancer that will act as a catalyst to further weaken this once great country. However, liberalism is the biggest tumor that threatens our very lives!

    January 31, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Patty

    seems like all the losers are scrambling to endorse Obama!

    (I bet CNN would never post this!!)

    January 31, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    Wow this is unespected, I always took Hogan for a righty.
    Good for him.

    January 31, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. Chris

    It is interesting to note how race is not the issue here. People don't really care whether you are black or white.

    I am really happy for Obama..Looking for a change in the horizon so that we can all sleep better in the future.

    Obama 08'

    January 31, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA


    Hows your candidate doing?
    Any delegates yet for Ron Paul?

    January 31, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. SecondSage

    I don't think he courted these endorsements and no candidate, even Ron Paul, would turn an endorsement down.

    January 31, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Bob

    A steriod using can't control his kids going through a seperation has been...and this is an important endorsement? Come on now..

    January 31, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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