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. Woohoo!

    Wow – many of you Obama supporters are hypocrites. You all claim to possess hope and want change and when you open your mouths venom drips out. If Hillary does not win the Democratic nomination, many will vote for McCain (I certainly will). It is not a question of party loyalty, but a question of national loyalty. America first, party second. And, if Obama loses the nomination (we all know he will lose the general election, but that is a discussion for another time), perhaps you should look to yourselves as your absurd and hateful comments are in direct contrast to Obama's campaign platform – which was too lofty and idealistic to be considered anything but childish and unrealistic in the first place.

    April 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. JOSH

    April 29th, 2008 10:12 am ET



    I WANT MY VOTE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    April 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Scott, Oregon the Left Coast

    Hillary has what it takes. This country is a mess and broke.
    Old John is that – too old. He supports the religous right and that is wrong.
    Pastors are just humans? Pastors are people that didn't want to get a real job. They know godly things. Which means they know SQUAT!!
    You can't believe a word they say so don't hold it agianst Hillary or Obama.
    Hillary 08

    April 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Gregory

    North Carolina superdelegates:

    Obama 6
    Clinton 2

    Lead in states won, delegates, popular vote..................... PRICELESS!

    April 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Marie

    Why does it not surprise me that Hillary supporters apparently have no problem with an endorser using the term "pansy?" Different sort of Democrat, for sure.

    April 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. chuck

    A man with a brain. Clinton "08"

    April 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. Erik

    But Obama played ball with UNC this morning and Coach Roy Williams yelled out "you're leaving the next President of the United States wide open!"

    Obama's got game! Score one for Obama. That easily tops Gov. Easley.

    April 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Concerned Voter

    We need someone in the Whote House who is strong enought to deal with the many issues this country has, both domestically and globally.

    Obama doesn't have this strength. Hillary has it and so does McCain. Those are the choices. Obama will not win in November. I wish that the fanatic Obama supporters could see this and get past the rhetoric and their own arrogance.

    April 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. Dave

    Clintons said endorsement do not matter, now all of a sudden it matters to Clintons and CNN ? I ask CNN, do you know how many endorsements Sen. Obama has not in the past few days ? That is not news to you, and suddenly Clinton gets an endorsement and it becomes the headlines for your network. Why are u proving yourself to be working for the Clinton Campaign ? I am sure the Clinton's $109 Million is funding CNN to support her in media propaganda. Shame on CNN and Shame on Clintons. Time for Sen. Edwards to throw his support to President Obama. Obama is the one that speaks the truth. The Clintons & McCain are just lying and playing election year politics which is why America is lagging behind in this Global Economy, where no one cares about the people, and they only care about scoring political points.

    April 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Hooray for Hillary!!!

    You morons who keep bringing up the Clinton pastor: he is not THE Clintons' pastor. He is a pastor in THE TOWN OF CLINTON, NY

    The only pastor in this race is Reverend Uncle Looney Nut Job Wright, and I am starting to LOVE him! He will single-handedly save this country from Barack Obama – thank GOD!

    Maybe the nutcase pastor really IS doing God's work after all......


    April 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Mary

    To Kathleen's comments that Obama supporters are mean-spirited ...are you kidding me...have you listened to your candidate and her minions lately...honey...they are the meanest-spirited people I have ever seen.

    April 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Anonymous

    The tide has TURNED – Hillary has the incredible perseverance, intelligent, faith and smarts to ignore all the distractions, and GET IT DONE. Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, California, Florida ( and yes they will count the votes ) to name a few BIG STATES and Critical States. Obama will be great when he gets a few more years under his belt in the Senate – and finally learns how to work with the Republicans – an area where he is woefully lacking. Hillary is NOW and totally understands the American People and I for one believe in her because she stands up for me. The era of the Tax cuts for the Rich and unforgivable damage this president has done to our reputation overseas and bankrupting us with this disastorus war are coming to an end. RAISIN' HILL ALL OVER AMERICA! You go GIRL!

    April 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Bob

    Rise Hillary,Rise.

    April 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. solomon

    I won't vote for in November if she gets the nominee. She doesn't even campaign for the AA community or said anything about helping people in the inner city. She can't win without the AA votes.

    April 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. gene

    Great endorsement.! You know why its true, the Obama supporters are ranting, raving and howling. I have some more good news for them, new Survey USA Indiana poll out today and it has Hillary at 52% and Obama at 43%, with 2% unsure and 3% for others. That is a 9 point lead and she is going to whip him there just like she did in Pennsylvania. The more we learn about Obama the worst it gets. The Washington Post reported over the weekend how, as a state senator, he tried to help a supporter and former employer get a tourism contract. Well, so much for hope and change, this along with all the other things that are swirling around his head,such as Wrightgate, bittergate, Ayersgate and handgungate, maybe its time for him to call it quits.

    April 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. carolflowery

    Thank goodness, there is a tarheel with a brain

    April 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Chris From California

    I agree. Hillary Clinton is a hardworking representative of the people of this country. She has more strength and stamina than anyone I've ever seen.

    CONGRATULATIONS to Hillary and to all of us who support her on her endorsement from Governor and Superdelegate Mike Easley.


    April 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Ilona Proud Canadian


    Thank you so much, your little story was so precious, I had to get my husband, who is not very interested in US politics, to put down his book just to read it, we both had a good laugh! It really gave me a break from the harsh reality that is going on in your elections.

    thanks again

    April 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Suraj

    If we are true Americans who is not racial, have some sense of fairness and dignity then we will look beyond racial line and vote for a presidential candidate who will restore this country’s lost pride and moral standing in the world that has be so damaged for the last 15 years.

    I said 15 years because Mr. Clinton did significant damage to thing country also with Nafta and his deplorable acts in the Oval office. How can we stomach putting a former president that was impeached back in the white house as an advisor to the president?

    Nafta and other similar trade deals not only took jobs out of the country.. It took with it the manufacturing skills and made us a dependant nation… wake up America…

    A vote for Mc Cain or Hillary is just as saying God Dam America…

    April 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Obamaramazombie Watch

    Obama is a spineless, unprincipaled "polictician." He has shown himself to be so weak, and pathetic, relying on people like that nutcase preacher for his strength and inspiration. Whatever he is peddling, he can peddle it somewhere else. The lie has been exposed.

    April 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Mp-Pennsylvania

    CNN= Double standards

    Where's Hillary's Pastors child Abuse case??????

    CNN is very Anti american

    April 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Pam

    Surprise, surprise...a middle-aged white guy is endorsing Clinton. Ok Clintonites...let's hear you complain about this guy going against the will of his voters like you do when Obama gets endorsements.

    April 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Tim, Arkansas

    Hillary "GETS IT" from Bill.
    Bill also "GAVE IT" to Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky.

    Hillary wants us to "GET IT" from her.
    I DON'T WANT IT!!!!!

    Obama 08

    April 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Steve

    Yup, Hillary is just like Rocky....not really that good the first time around and should have quit a long time ago.

    April 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |

    I love how when Clinton gets a super, they must be "getting paid".

    Obummer gets a super, and they "are smart".




    April 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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