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. Lee W

    We've had a "fighter" in the White House for over 7 years.

    I'm ready for someone with judgment.

    Lee in NC
    Obama '08

    April 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Siaki

    Thank you Gov. Easley for your courage.

    For all of us Hillary supporters lets stay on message and keep talking to the American people about our amazing Hillary the problem solver because that is what our country needs.

    Let the haters and the Obama whiners whine their way out of the nomination so we the Democratic Party do not end up with another John Kerry. Thank you America for supporting Hillary. She will be a great president.

    April 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. nelson

    The estimable Reverend Jeremiah Wright...need I say anything else.
    Quote of the day, "Obama is a politician. He says what he has to say. I answer to a higher calling."

    April 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Mary

    This is a dangerous woman. She tells too many lies to be trusted. Her lies will cause world wide problems. When you tell a lie to get out of a lie you are dangerous.

    April 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. prakash chand

    So now the OBAMICANS after loosing INDIANA will say Hillary had her grounds made with the governers endorsement,

    I have no idea what Obama will do in the white house,he has no clue.

    April 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. Johnson

    Pathetic thing to do. We all know the that Clintons are doing all they can to exploit the vulnerable and suppressed views of the white blue collar worker. She is tearing the party into pieces and Easly is obviouly blind to this. One wonders if Rev. Right has been added to the Clinton pockets too. The change is here and you can not stop it Hillary and cohorts! Go Obama-08.

    April 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. For Obama

    Who wants another Clinton disaster? She is really tearing up this party and if McCain wins... it will be on her head! I will not vote for Hillary if my life depended on it. I feel if I vote for her.. God will cast me to hell. She is everything the bible speaks against. Lying, deceit, manipulations, stealing, murder. Its everything. I will not support it.

    April 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. FN Wright



    April 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Kathie, Houston, TX

    Yes, we do need a democrat in office. But neither of these two will win. I was a die hard democrat until all this crap started. Thanks to Hillary I no longer am. She is the last person I want to see in office but the media and the political machines have already decided. So – this will be the first time in my adult life that I will not vote. I cannot truthfully stand behind a candidate that is totally corrupt just so "a democrat" can get into office.

    McCain will get in this fall and you all can blame Hillary & the machine for that.

    April 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. DemocracyNow2008

    Excellent choice Governor Easley.
    You like Clinton are a loser .
    The people of North Carolina will vote for Obama.
    People want Change.

    April 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Kevin Buckman

    West Virginia, Kentucky and Puerto Rico are coming up in May. No wonder Obama would not look at the camera yesterday when he spoke on the tarmac regarding Rev Wright.

    April 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Niel, NY

    ABC of politics:


    Anybody else vying for presidency will be crushed. As McCain was vilified by Bush in 2000 primary, Obama will be crushed in 2008.

    Go Clinton ! Keep the Bush-Clinton legacy.

    April 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Michael, North Carolina

    This endorsement does not surprise me. BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER. It is all about what is in it for him. He knows that if he endorses Sen. Obama that he would not have a job in Sen. Obama's cabinet.
    Also with the latest Rev. Wright sideshow, this is still not enough of a reason to not give Sen. Obama the nomination. Sen. Obama can not control what someone else says.
    This Rev. Wright is a FOOL if he thinks he can stop Sen. Obama. It is to late, Sen.Obama is to far ahead in PLEDGED DELEGATES, POPULAR VOTE, AND NUMBER OF STATES WON. By June 3 this will be all over and Sen.Obama will be the nominee of the Democratic Party, and will go on to win the general election in the fall against Sen. McCain.
    This media hype over Rev. Wright is all for nothing. Sen. Obama a real American Hero.


    April 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. NC Voter

    Michelle, I believe your reaching for nothing by air here. How is HRC to know what a pastor is doing behind closed doors? Plus, I think the word you used as did the article "FORMER" pastor.

    And to Scott in NC, speak for yourself. I'm in NC and there is not way I will vote for Obama.

    Tom, who are you referring to when you say "Everyone else in NC has endorsed Senator Obama?" NOT ME and I'm in NC! Speak for yourself please.

    April 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Sue

    Any respect that I may have gained from Easley's endorsement went down the drain with his use of the derogatory word "pansy." This is the 21st century. Doesn't he know any better. I bet we will hear more about his use of this term than any positive influence he could have had by endorsing Clinton.

    April 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. tarheel

    I wouldn't call Easley a popular figure, its a good thing there is a limit of terms he would not get elected again he knows it notice he isn't running for anything else. He hasn't helped us at all.

    April 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    Idiot! He must support Hillary's "do anything to win" behavior. I can't believe people think that type of behavior is a "fighter". How is strong-arming, a.k.a. stealing an election a "fighter"? She's no different than what Bush did to Gore?
    However, when it's all said and done and the smokes clears, she will still lose.

    April 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. True Democrat

    Time to speak up and i hope more superdelegate follow the lead OF NC Governor.
    Ignoring the popular will of democrates states like,FL,MI,OH.CA,TX,PA Democrate will extend another term for Bush

    April 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. samy

    How can he endorse a candidate who have no chances what so ever to mget the nomination is beyond me? NC Gov just lost the next Gov election in NC.

    April 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. RufusVonDufus

    Way too little and way too late for the shewitch. It absolutely amazes me how people can support such a liar. She has told more lies than anyone I know. If the Pinocchio effect was true, you would be able to hang your entire wardrobe on her elongated nose. It is sad that so many people believe anything she or Billbybob say. Easley must also be a liar in order to support one. The sooner she loses the better off we will all be. She won't be able to lie her way through a presidency, but that is ok because she won't have the chance.

    April 29, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. Olga, CA

    "A basketball comparison" is spot on!
    I would have been an unforgiven mistake if Obama didn't get the nomination! This is too serious to mess up. Hope people listen to their inner voice and vote Obama! Even if you're not so sure, Obama is ALWAYS better than H.C.

    April 29, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. Reid

    Too bad she doesn't "get" math or she would have stopped running a long time ago. I guess that is why her campaign is in debt also. i love how someone who has never been in a fist fight her entire life can compare herself to a boxer. I suppose that explains her being married to the president as equating "experience". Sorry sweetie, lace em up with Barack and he would kick your butt, just like he already did with elected delegates!!!!

    April 29, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. scared of her

    Well he's right about one thing. She does make Rocky Balboa look like a pansy. She's more like Martin Sheen in The Dead Zone. Remember? The Presidential Candidate who was going to "press the button"? That's what we have to look forward to at 3 am – a missle aimed at IRAN.

    April 29, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Jay


    Hillary 08!

    April 29, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Sharon - NC

    He endorsed her because he won't have to suffer the backlash from the citizens of North Carolina by not being re-elected due to his poor choice. He may have actually helped Obama.

    April 29, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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