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

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


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. chris nguyen

    she is rolling and she is going to get it.. but .. obama does not care since he already have pastor or.. another world.. UNCLE.. wright in his corner once he is back to chicago in august.. . lol..

    April 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. A. Harrison

    Yes Bob, as Maya Angelou says, "Still I Rise"

    RIse HIllary, Rise!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. mike

    The Rocky Balboa analogy didn't work in Philly, where it could have made sense. It could't make sense in North Carolina. I like the analogy myself, because this is Hillary's first fight for the Presidency; in Rocky's first fight for the title, though he is persistent, he still loses.

    April 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. milkbottle

    The Rev. Jeremiah Wright couldn't have done more damage to Barack Obama's campaign if he had tried. And you have to wonder if that's just what one friend of Wright wanted.

    Shortly before he rose to deliver his rambling, angry, sarcastic remarks at the National Press Club Monday, Wright sat next to, and chatted with, Barbara Reynolds.

    A former editorial board member at USA Today, she runs something called Reynolds News Services and teaches ministry at the Howard University School of Divinity. (She is an ordained minister).

    It also turns out that Reynolds – introduced Monday as a member of the National Press Club "who organized" the event – is an enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporter

    April 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Delusional Watch

    Anonymous said: "The tide has TURNED – Hillary has the incredible perseverance, intelligent, faith and smarts to ignore all the distractions, and GET IT DONE."


    You obviously missed that line of the article that said:

    "He is the second superdelegate from North Carolina to back Clinton. Six North Carolina superdelegates have endorsed Obama."

    And this would be since PA!

    April 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Johnson

    How come this has not featured on the new:

    "Former Clinton pastor was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for inappropriately touching a 7-year-old girl at his home last March, Judge Michael L. Dwyer said Procanick sacrificed his honesty the day he testified"

    Is the Media cherry-picking what to air?

    April 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Tanya Kujath

    Not one that won't even stand up for themselves.

    April 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Cindy2

    So "linda g" Are you saying Hillary is another Bill??
    Give me a break!!
    That is the past. Time as changed you old dog..
    Time for real change.

    April 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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