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. Rob

    You Hillary-trolls are sooooo hurt by this. No sense of humor just like your candidate, unless it benefits you.

    Obama is gonna body slam Hillary like Hogan slammed "Andre the Giant".

    January 31, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Eli

    Yes alot of people are wanting Obama, but IF he gets the nomination he will never be President. He will be attacked from both sides beacuse he does not have the experience. He is an inspirational speaker but he does not know what to do after that. He preaches CHANGE but does not tell us how his dreams can be completed. I have to stay with Hillary Clinton.

    January 31, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Alex H

    Everyone who's making a big deal about it:

    Thanks for MAKING it a big deal to you. When I read it, I thought "Oh well, that's interesting" and then I read all of the other action stars who are endorsing people and thought "wow, that would make a great Rumble Royal". But then I read all of your comments and thought "wow, you are all pathetic for taking this as something that is actually important" Cuz seriously... its not... and people who read it will know that its not so why make it important by getting all bent out of shape and (this goes for you mr. caps-lock) typing up a scene.

    Oh... and the ticker is for political news... and since if you couldn't tell that yesterday was much more about dems than republicans (cuz... oh i don't know, they were gettin ready for a debate), today the dems are gettin ready for a debate so the real news is more about republicans. Come on people, lets try and think things through before we type them out.

    Macho Man Randy Savage'08 ^_^

    January 31, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Joe

    I admire Obama to the fullest and would like to see him in the WH. I don't think that it's worth reporting on the Thicker that Hogan is endorsing him tough. But in the other hand, minor details like that being reported that creates so much bad comments really helps in a way, it triggers all the opponents to come out as who they really are. It really shows that certain people are against Obama just by stereotyping. They sound very ignorant and don't even have a real reasons to oppose to his sucess or popularity . Example : Mike wrote,
    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.

    Celebrities expressing their choice on TV shoudn't be a suprise, they leave in front of the camera and are askedquestions on a variety of so subjects.

    He could have been asked who do you thin is the best: Kobe or Lebron ?

    Behind this type of comment it is clear that either Race or Ignorance is bliding the author

    January 31, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Mastermind

    Obama is the one, and the only one.

    God will give him the strenght, and the knowledge that he needs to be the next president of United State of America.

    January 31, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Bo

    Why are the opinions of celebrities even considered in politics? Celebrities are paid to entertain, not to influence the political landscape of the country. It bothers me to see actors trying to use their celebrity status to influence our future government. They are entitled to their opinion, but it is just that, their opinion, and should carry no more weight than the opinion of any other voter on the street.

    Make your own decision 08

    January 31, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Dennis

    I don't mean to belittle Hulk Hogan, and I share his enthusiasm for Obama, but this is getting silly.

    I understand why CNN reported this after the attention Stallone, Norris, and now Ahnuld are getting for their endorsements (but at least Ahnuld is a Governor now), but this is just nonsensical.

    Whats next? Who is the Rock endorsing? How about Bruce Willis? Any other action stars want to chime in?

    January 31, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Dan, NJ

    Well, Jesse "the Body" Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger were both elected governors. I guess Hulk Hogan's opinion could plausibly make a difference.

    And while Stalone was Rambo, he was also Rocky. And Rocky got his butt handed to him by Thunderlips aka Hulk Hogan.

    Don't take everything so seriously. This is just funny.

    January 31, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Tou

    Hillary Clinton! Whatcha gonna do when the Hulkamaniacs run wild over you?

    January 31, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    Dear Brandy, who told me to "shut up":

    Is that all you have? I don't even know what you disagree with. Anything substantive to add to the discussion whatsoever?

    January 31, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. X-republican

    Welcome aboard the Obama white house train Hulk ,glad your with us!

    Obama 08
    Fired Up @ Ready 2 Go!

    January 31, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. stan pitts pa

    America now you have a chance for your voice to be heard in Washington, obama should get your vote, past versus the future! obama 08!

    January 31, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Joe

    Sam are you serious ?

    We all know what there's no " Bi-racials" they're just considered BLACK period.
    What would be the purposes of talking about that ?

    January 31, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Patch

    Obama/Hogan '08?

    Say your prayers, eat your vitamins!

    January 31, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Ann

    My cat just upchucked on an Obama flyer. What do you think it means?

    January 31, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Ashley

    Thats nice, Obama has all the celebrities doing his dirty work for him; considering he just lets them speak, while he sits back smiling. Also, lets notice that most of the people on this message board that are for Obama are men (boys). I'm a college student and it's sad.

    January 31, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. john g

    dan- this isnt what the election has boiled down to . Its a few a sentences on a website blog. Hogan is a figure most americans recoginize and he has an opinion on the presidential election. Good for him. Lighten up. If the ultimate warrior endorses clinton and i dont see a blog on it i will join u in writing a formal complaint to cnn.

    January 31, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Christiaan, Norman, OK

    That's right, Brother!

    Hulkamaina has finally be Obamania!

    January 31, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. cnn=obama

    Cnn, I am a fan of your network and have been an avid watcher for sometime. But, over the last 20 days I have done a little poll. In 18 of those days, you have given Barack more positive press coverage than Hillary Clinton. 18/20 = 90%.

    Today, 2 for Barack.

    Barack raises 32 million.
    Hulk Hogan's Endorsement.

    Of course, I guess you forgot Hillary has out raised him thus far, but alas, that is not worthy information b/c it is put Barack in the best light.

    I will be back tomorrow with an update.

    January 31, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. stan pitts pa

    Obama half-white/ half-black, lets go baby, obama has 11 yrs in elected office and good judgement, look at the mess, a long resume got us in to! Vote for change, the voice of the people deserves to be heard now, WE WANT CHANGE,

    January 31, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. tammy

    To Sam:
    Why is it necessary for a Obama to discuss his race, we don't discuss anyone else (white candidates) racial origin,.....

    January 31, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Kevin

    Come on CNN, this like a 1 minute segment of AC360, this isnt n=important news. MOrel ike 32 mills, now thats news, especially when we are going to kick the clinton machine in the butt!

    January 31, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. pam,s.c.

    if you don't like cnn turn your computer off. GO CNN GO HULK GO OBAMA

    January 31, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Eli

    I don't understand some people. Hillary has got Bill because he is her HUSBAND. That is why he is on the trail with her. I find it funny when people talk about Hillary calling out her big dog, and that he should not be playing as much a role, once again he is her HUSBAND. Michelle Obama is on the trail with her husband and I heard her give a fire and brim stone speech the other day, nothing was said about that. I like both of these people but the media and some people are stirring up the trouble. If this was two white men running and doing these things it would be regular politics.

    January 31, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. pen

    WHAT?????? WHY??????. YOU ARE JOKING ME

    This country is such a joke.....

    January 31, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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