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. Stop the lies

    . . .Everyone else in NC has endorsed Senator Obama.

    no, only the idiots, the press and the attention hounds endorse Obama.

    Did the Clinton supporters know this? IF A PASTOR IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY THEY KEEP!

    Some people just can't stand the truth, they have to keep proliferating lies.
    That preacher has nothing to do with the Clintons. Are there ANY LITERATE Obama nuts out there? I guess not, cause if they had half a brain, they wouldn't jump on the train.

    April 29, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Dan in CO

    Easley = Secretary of ?????

    April 29, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. M.S. Indiana

    Wow talk about being out of touch.... What Hillary wanna do is to make the tunnel to china bigger and wider...
    Then she will take your pay checks with her health care.....
    Bomb Iran, because like Iraq they are not our lab dog...
    and at 3 am she will wonder what Bill are doing in the oval office..

    did rocky not lose to too ??

    April 29, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Dan, TX

    Obama is already the nominee, Clinton supporters just are angry about it.
    Obama is a leader who can call people to action. All he has to do is give the reasons and then give the orders. I will go to Iraq, Afghanistan or Washington to fight for him. Clinton? Not so inspiring.

    April 29, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. English Teacher

    Yes we blah blah!
    Change we can blah blah!
    Time for a change in the rhetorical platitudes!

    April 29, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. linda g

    Come on people! You that are under 21 years old can not possible remember what our country was like when Bill Clinton was president. I do, and believe me, our economy was great, we as a country was admired by all other countries, and respected. Obama may be a good man but he's not prepared for the presidency. So quit the negativity about Hillary. Tell your candidate to do the same and not try to hide behind his people.

    April 29, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. Cindy

    Good grief!!! The Obama supporters get awfully grumpy when Clinton gets an endorsement. When Obama gets one, the reaction of Clinton supporters isn't this bitter and personal. And they're so defensive when asked about specifics and real issues! I think the reality of the grind may be wearing on the Obama camp, who had come to believe that their candidate was somehow "ordained" to be the nominee. Give me a break!!

    April 29, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |


    April 29, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Asheville, NC

    I am an independent voter who apparently fits the "profile" of an Obama supporter. I have been impressed with Obama's speeches and I appreciate the excitement he's brought, especially to a whole realm of new voters. However, I am a results-oriented person, and firmly believe Hillary Clinton is by far the most qualified person to serve as our President. Lastly, I don't understand why people dislike her so much. It seems to me she is someone with a strong heart and an ongoing desire to make the U.S. a better place. She will get my vote next Tuesday.

    April 29, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Mek,WA

    Another un-supper delegate going the wrong side. After all he is a Southerner and he probably was mad by Wrights straight talk.
    Good for McCan.

    April 29, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. Susie

    Yall Obama people are all crazy what is this man doing he can't even carry a conversation or win a debate and yall want him for president wake up and smell the coffee, Hillary is going all the way to the White House

    Hillary 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We love you in Tx

    April 29, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Darrell - Wisconsin


    Thanks for the link. If we are going to keep talking about how important pastors are in this election, we need this.

    April 29, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Why would this guy cut his political throat for nothing?

    April 29, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Andre-NY

    With all the Judas's out there, it's nice to finally see someone who isn't brainwashed w/ a message of "hope".

    There is a reason Hillary wants debates, she has concrete (but not stubborn) solutions for America.

    Hillary '08/ '12

    April 29, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Jon, IL

    WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? There is absolutely no point in this! What an idiot! Hillary has NO CHANCE WHATSOEVER in N.C. All this does is drag this stupid primary out even longer!!!! This is so ridiculous!!!!

    April 29, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. Mack

    Its good to see the democrat party make the right decisions. Sen. Hillary Clinton is the right choice.

    April 29, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. GM

    Was it not Clinton who said endorsements don't mean anything?

    April 29, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. Gene

    A looser backing a looser....The question is this.....how is she going to get this nomination by stealing it maybe????
    We have chose our nomination and that is BARACK OBAMA....

    April 29, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. moses, Ca.

    Tell me more about Hillary's Paster. I bet it will never hit the airways,until after the voting is done. The media is to much

    April 29, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    I wish she was like that and used good judgement when her husband cheated on her in front of the whole world, my God what is she telling her daughter, if your husband cheat on you just "stand by your man" and endure the humiliation it will pay off in the end. No I don't want her in the white house she really don't have a clue on what battles to fight.

    April 29, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. DY

    Woohoo! You go Hillary!

    We love you!



    April 29, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Steve, Shippensburg, PA

    I'm hoping and praying that Hillary can pull an upset in N.C. I for one do not want someone with little to no experience leading my country. Also I'm tired of him crying file when race is brought up unless he brings it up. Sorry Obamma I veiw you as a racest and if you get the nomination I will not vote for you (LIFE LONG DEMOCRAT)!

    April 29, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. john

    Hillary is going to be a better President than Bill. If the Kool-Aide drinking Barack supporters in Obamalot are honest, they will admit that Bill was very good. We have alot of problems in the US that need immediate attention. Clinton will hit the ground running and we do not have a minute to loose. Hillary can win the race against McCain. Obama can not. Thank you to the Gov of North Carolina for making your voice heard.

    April 29, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. Joel King

    Well, she lost just like Rocky.

    April 29, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. Big gator

    No she will not win. Her husband dropping one in someone else face does not make her a fighter..

    April 29, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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