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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  1. Cheryl

    California Superior Court Judge Aurelio N. Munoz ruled Paul's legal team can begin seeking depositions from a host of big names – including Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton – that allegedly were witnesses to an effort by the Clintons and top Democratic leaders to extract millions of dollars from Paul in illegal donations and then cover it up.

    April 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Emmaddy

    How ironic that the Obama supporters who are clamoring for a new civility in politics always resort to personal attacks and name-calling when their candidate is threatened. So much for HOPE and CHANGE!

    April 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Peter

    Well Nobama. Todays Tracking poll from Rasmussen shows Obama ahead with 49% against 41% against Hillary. Both lead against Mccain but Obama leads with 46% to 44% and Hillary with 45% to 44%. Obama has a favorable rating which is better than both Mccain and Hillary. Obama favorable rating is actually the best since April 10th. Hillarys is as bad as it was pre PA. Obama is the leader and he has a much better chance against Mccain and most people know this. Obama only nead to win NC and avoid a huge loss in Indiana and it will all be over.

    April 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. berksdan

    And in the news today: 2.3 BILLION DOLLARS that Sen Clinton has in earmarks.

    What are earmarks??

    What are earmarks?

    Earmarks are spending projects slipped into legislation without attribution to any congressional member, without peer or public review, and usually specific to one locale, but paid for by taxpayers everywhere.

    So we are ALL paying for her pet special projects which do not require public review??

    She has the largest earmark total of all senators – 3 times the largest amount from last year.

    And that is fiscal responsibility???

    April 29, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. John

    GO HILLARY!!! Let's turn this around!

    April 29, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. HillarySkank on myspace

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    pan·sy (pnz)
    n. pl. pan·sies
    1. Any of various plants of the genera Achimenes or Viola, especially V. tricolor or its hybrids, having flowers with velvety petals of various colors.
    2. A deep to strong violet.
    3. Offensive Slang
    a. Used as a disparaging term for a man or boy who is considered effeminate.
    b. Used as a disparaging term for a homosexual man.
    Rocky is not a flower so Easley is either saying Rocky was gay, or that Hillary is more of a man?

    I believe I'm offended either way. So now Hillary and her supporters are gay bashing and man bashing.

    April 29, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. John, OH

    I'm glad that Clinton scored a big nomination, but this is just going overboard.

    April 29, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Gerald F.

    Congratulations Senator Clinton. 🙂

    April 29, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. John

    I've just recently decided between Clinton and Obama. I guess I had to settle something in my own mind before making a decision.

    I've wondered for years why half the people are against Hillary Clinton. People have even castigated HER for Bill's terrible treatment of her. But she stood strong.

    I now think I 'get it'. Senator Clinton is tough as nails. I think many people, both men and women, are totally turned off by a strong woman. I think I was one of those people. I think I have just begun to outgrow that prejudice, and as I do, I see how comfortable Hillary is with her own strength.

    I don't see one tenth of that strenth in Senator Obama. He's a nice guy. I can see playing hoops with him. But I don't see any of the strength in him that is required to be president.

    Consider a tense stand-off between our president and Vladmir Putin (still in charge in Russia). I can see Senator Clinton matching Putin word for word, step for step. I'm sorry but I can't see Senator Obama matching Putin. Putin is tough. Now that I see Obama, he's like a Hamlet - to do or not to do. He can't even handle Reverand Wright. How could Obama possibly handle Putin.

    I think all Democrats have to really consider situations like this before casting their votes. I don't consider Clinton to be the perfect candidate. But as much as I like him, I now think that Obama is a total mismatch for the job of president.

    April 29, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Julie.

    Obama wants to BUY the SUPERDELAGATES, and promises NANCY PELOSI the VP SPOT!


    from a moderate democrate,

    April 29, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Mendemoi

    The governor is, without doubt, one of the Smartest in North Carolina. He has made the point that he is not one of those easily swayed by rhetoric without substance. There is no need to hang on Obama with all the negatives pilling on him. He will be the surest way for Democrats to lose to McCain in November. The Republicans are not going to have mercy on Obama and not confront him with all the problems he now has. And if any Democrat feels it won't matter in November, I tell that Democrat to take the head out of the sand and look at the sun...Its real, and up there in the sky.

    April 29, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. Tom

    Look CNN is trying there best to put all negative stuff against Obama in the long run Obama going to win, Obama is going to NC this governor do no speak for all of NC

    April 29, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. The truth will set you free!

    Operation Chaos continues...way to go Rush!!!!

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

    Obama is still going to win it.... Sorry Hillary hopefuls... it's not happening for you this election.

    Obama 08

    April 29, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Jeff

    The governor has seen the light!

    I see an exciting upset on the horizon in NC!

    Go Hillary!

    April 29, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Tommy

    "Makes Rocky look like a pansy" – that's just another way of saying she IS A MONSTER! Back during the Lewinsky scandal in the White House, she and Bill made a big show of inviting "spiritual advisors" to the White House to help them save their marriage. Guess who one of the advisors was? REVEREND WRIGHT! What do all you Hillary supporters think about that? Is that not the ultimate in hypocrisy? Why isn't the National Inquirer mentality mainstream media reporting on that one?

    April 29, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. anon

    Or rather she makes Satan look like a sissy in a skirt.....

    April 29, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. shame on your remarks

    Ha hahahahaha you bloggers are a joke. The bloggers are right, you are hateful mongers. How much are you getting paid for all those remarks. Face it, the lady is climbing in the polls and Obama is slipping. If you really want to become first time voters, leave out the hate and nasty remarks. This, you young voters is nothing to play with, it's your life. Economics, gas prices, housing, and war. Oh I forgot mommy and daddy will suppoprt you. Well, some kids are growing up in a lesser household and are not as lucky. We need a strong candidate, and if ROCKY is the term being used, I'm going to agree. Obama is a woosh and needs to learn more. If Karl Rove helps him win he will loose the respect of all voters. Including me. I never did like what the man did and how he did it. Talk about someone who wil burn in hell. Rove is the man. He has no conscience. Vote for who you want but leave out the comments. It would be more mature to state your honest reasons and why you support your candidate.

    April 29, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. James Mulroyan

    A PANSY ??????????? Great timing, Governor.

    April 29, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. Dana in north Carolina

    Governor Easley has a poor reputation in this state, and unfortunately for Senator Clinton his endorsement does not carry much weight. In fact it may drive others in the opposite direction. I don't begrudge her the endorsement, however I personally believe Obama will still be victorious in NC. I hope the dems wil all come together behind whoever our nominee is. It would just be wonderful if that person happened to be Barack Obama.

    April 29, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. Hillary McCain

    Umm, isn't this Easley guy the same governor embroiled in a health-care funding scandal?

    In fact, wasn't Governer Easley in a campaign funding scandal during his re-election where his state (NC) purchased land in which Easley's campaign then received $10,000 from the same land owners?

    Ah, doesn't surprise me that Easley and Clintons are buddies.

    April 29, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Jackson

    OMG! She picked up an endorsement finally! All praise Queen Hillary for providence has sought to issue her a failing governor's endorsement! Let's make a huge deal about this single endorsement and ignore all of Obama's triumphs.
    Heil Hillary!!!

    April 29, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Torry

    I wonder if Obama thought she looked like a typical white woman on the stage today beside the NC Governor .At least Clinton has solutions .

    April 29, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. k8

    So hillary gets so few super endorsements that the media has to run two stories for each one just to keep interest in the campaign. good to know cnn

    April 29, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. PI

    She can't win w/o the African American vote. Don't her supporters and the DNC know this. Right now she has only 59% of that vote and dems know in order for them to win anything they must at least 90% of that vote.

    April 29, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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