April 29th, 2008
01:35 PM ET
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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. J.S.

    Hillary Clinton is a liar. Young American men and WOMEN have gone to Iraq and served 3-4 tours of duty for a war she enthusiastically voted for- a war for absolutely nothing. They have seen their friends die, they have been disfigured, they have been crippled and many have sacrificed their own lives for this government and for this country. These brave soldiers have seen Hillary Clinton throw her hair back, proudly smirk and state that she misspoke about sniper fire in Bosnia...Hillary Clinton is a Coward. Hillary Clinton is a Liar. Hillary Clinton is a Disgrace.

    April 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. diana

    To Matrix:
    Funny! Thanks for the laugh.

    OBAMA 08

    April 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. karen from va

    Take from taxpayers by hrc

    April 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Nadia livingstone

    Its a long worthwile wait for the final outcome next tuesday to determine wne who will inevitably be the Democratic nominee,of Barrack Obama.This will end the long campaign ,Hilary will have to concede defeat and exit graciously,i hope.
    What maths is she up to,dont the superdelegates know,what hypocrisy,again and again.
    Between Mc Bush and Barrack,come November,Barrack will win a thumping victory.
    Eventually all will be united to fight the recession which is already here

    April 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. xtina, chicago IL

    compared with Obama's far – left radical views and dubious advisors (Rezko,Wright, Ayers), Hillary is actually starting to look good

    April 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |

    Sorrry Gov. you 're backing a sheer loser-is not important??????.................

    April 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Jack, North Carolina

    "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.

    That would be Senator Obama. Hillary has had 35 years. Things are
    still screwed up. The definition of insanity is to keep electing the same people and expecting different results. It takes CHANGE to fix this country.

    Yes We Can.
    Obama 08.

    April 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. Nikki, Florida

    What a load of crap

    April 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Atty. K.

    As a North Carolinian, I am sorry that the Governor wasted his endorsement. The will of the people here is overwhelmingly with Obama, as he will probably win by 15 points at least. Our African-American population, of which I am a part, sees this as the same old Southern politics. This governor wasn't going to endorse an African-American candidate no matter what the people say.

    Go Obama!! Take North Carolina, then Indiana and then the White House. We love you here in NC!!

    April 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Pat in Raleigh

    Thank You Govenor Easley!!

    Great endorsement for Hillary. She truly is a champion and I hope she wins here in NC. She is the strongest opponent to go against McCain in November and she is the best candidate to be the democratic nominee.

    This should help her immensely.

    April 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. American Patriot

    Carl Rove already wrote the article in the Wall Street Times and Washington post.

    Clinton has no chance of winning, period.

    Funny how one little win and the Hillary Fanatics are all posting comments. Yet when Obama win's they dissapear. Just as Clinton will do if elected.

    If Clinton does not win, she will lose her senate position.

    The people of New York now know her and what she is like and they will not re-elect her.

    Clinton is beat

    April 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. karen from va

    HRC = PORK

    April 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Jon

    People are starting to see that Senator Obama is inexperienced and unelectable. I URGE the senators and congresspeople to pull the blindfold off of their eyes and back Hillary!

    It gives me chills when I say and hear those three words: YES SHE CAN!!!

    April 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Linda

    I want a democratic white house too - but what do you think the Republicans are going to do to Obama if he wins? Even his old buddy Wright seems hell-bent on detroying him, Obama is an empty shirt, and empty shirts can be intimidated by anyone. He speaks well of Regan and the Republicans, but cozies up to fanatic anti-semites like Wright and takes help from people like Bill Ayers. Does he even have any ideas what these people stand for?

    April 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. karen from va


    April 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. Julie

    Hillary is proving herself to be tough, persistent, and knowledgeable in world affairs. Obama on the other hand, doesn't even want to participate in another debate with Hillary because he's afraid it might affect his image. What a wimp. The choice is obvious of who we need as leader for this country.

    April 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Stacy Clarks

    Congratulations to Clinton

    LET'S GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!

    Is anyone else annoyed that Edwads did not endorse anyone?!?! I think it is so selfish!!! its all about himself in trying to advance his political career....WHAT ABOUT THE COUNTRY!!! ENDORSE!!!

    DEMOCRATS IN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. ilovehill

    Congratulation Gov on showing you have a brain. Soon Obama will officially be out and then Michelle will simply be married to "the fraud" and not "the answer". HILLARY 08 all the way! Go cry yourself to sleep you little baby Obama!!!!

    April 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. roger

    Sen.Clinton is running ahead now, so SEn Obama is now the underdog.

    It is a good test as to how he will bounce back. If he can bounce now, he will surely win the Nov. elections. If not, then SEn.Clinton must be on the ticket as the candidate.

    The republicans voting for her are just doing it to create "Operations Chaos" and not for real. No republican will vote for the clintons in a big way to make a difference.

    so SEn.clintonn must remember that she cannot win without SEn.Obama support. If she keeps going negative then no Obama supporter ( including me) will vote for her. I will vote for SEn.McCain in that case.

    April 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga

    I don't need healthcare and I do better from a tax viewpoint under a Republican. If she steals the nomination ... I will vote for McCain !!!

    April 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. Andrew from PA

    No one is going to have enough votes at the end, and you'll see the super delegates swing towards hillary since she's got most of them already. Obama has lost the attention of many of his supporters, and he's not gaining it back... its over for him. He could be a good vice president and then in 2016 he'd be a shoe in for president. That would be the dream ticket.

    April 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Jamaal Kansas

    hillary is a fighter I guess she had to learn so she could fihgt the women off of Bill

    April 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. LER

    People need to get the facts straight about the race card. Bill Clinton played it and as always places his mistakes on others. Just as Hillary does all the time. They blame everyone but themselves for their errors. Regardsless, the Democrats have successfully divided the party. Obama brought unity and Clinton brought division.

    April 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. bryan

    as a fellow North Carolinian, i'm proud to see the leadership of NC recognizes the true chararcteristics of Hillary and Obama and has chosen to endorse Hillary for President of The United States. With this key endorsement of the NC Governor along with General Shelton, the former Chairman of the Joint Cheifs of Staff of the US Military (the highest ranking miliary official), who is from NC – we should expect to see Hillary end up on top in NC and Indiana and eventually in the White House. These key endorsements are important because they prove she is a true leader that has the ability to run our country and our military on day one. With latest polls showing Hillary dominating McCain and McCain and Obama in a dead heat – these are all important developments that superdelegates are watching closely

    April 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. Obama will win landslide in NC

    No Clinton. Easly is a wimp. always was, always will be. never was a help for Edwards so i don't see how he will help Clinton. Take it from an NC resident. Clinton loses here big time.


    April 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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