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. Eeyore

    Easley's trying to line himself up a cabinet job! I get it !

    April 29, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. JB

    Hey, BCarlisle in San Ramon... with all due respect, what have you been smoking?

    And maybe you could enlighten us as to the nature of 'Obama's smoke screens and lies'?!?

    Like what?

    April 29, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. sick of Hillary

    It's beginning to sound like CNN is on the Clinton payroll!! Everytime Hillary gets a backer of any sort, CNN makes it sound like the primary election just ended and their beloved Hillary just won. I'm so sick of Hillary and her garbage politics and her "i'll steam roll over anybody to get what's rightfully mine" attitude. And the worse part about it is evertyime you listen to CNN, they spend their time praising and practically worshipping this dispicable woman. ENOUGH already, be fair on all sides and stop acting like Hilllary is responsible for your paychecks!!

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

    CNN just post it for once jeez

    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 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Kenneth M

    I would like to see Obama stand up for himself more often. He lets others put his words and deeds into context too often. Unfortunately others do not frame him in positive lights. For example:
    Proclaim it unfair that Wrights outdated thoughts mark Obama’s record. Is there any proof in any of Obama’s deeds that he supports the aspirations of Wright?

    Obama lets Fox, Hillary, Wright, and others push him around. Sooner or later his base is going to leave him. Last, he needs to follow Roves advice.

    April 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Jamaal Kansas

    Hillary Clinton is the worst women on this planet and can not unify her campagin how can she unify our Country

    April 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.


    With all due respect, the reason the "great guys" are losers, is because we, the voters, refuse to vote for "great guys". Did we not know that George Bush was in idiot the SECOND time we voted for him?

    Did we not know that Bill Clinton was a womanizer before the FIRST election?

    Of course we did. And we voted for them anyway. If Obama is the better candidate, and if he loses, and if you didn't vote for him, then it's your fault.

    If you think Hillary is the better candidate, then PLEASE vote for her.

    Don't vote for someone because they have a better chance of winning. It's the other way around. They have a better chance of winning if we all vote for the BEST CANDIDATE!

    April 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Pam

    Again so many hateful comments I see on here. It is very hard to support a candidate that has followers so full of hate. You don't make a valid case for yourself or your candidate. Not to mention, you are a poor representation of our country. No wonder other countries look down on us.

    America, do your homework. The accomplishments of each candidate speak for themselves. Use your brain and research!!! You will find that at least one candidate has MANY accomplishments that go back MANY years. You will be surprised!

    April 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Down Under

    I am an American living in Australia watching the fiasco unfold and two things have occurred to me while witnessing this event.

    First, our electoral system is broke and it needs to be fixed. The fact we spend a year deciding who will run for a president and less then six months deciding on president seems a bit backward.

    Second, We as a country (I will be moving back) need to stop holding on to what we know. We know the Clinton's it is safe. We have been there and seen the 'magic', but times are different and a different perspective is very much need.

    Obama is not perfect, but he is fresh and his is smart enough and humble enough to surround himself with the right people to make the best decision. Additionally, there are no previous hang-ups with him in congress or the senate which puts him in a much better position to get this freaking country to start working together and solve the laundry list of problems that are mounting.

    From the land down under

    April 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Kathleen

    It's amazing to me how vicious Senator Obama's supporters are. Many of their comments on blogs I have read are mean spirited, rude, and disrespectful. Many of them attack Senator Clinton personally even stooping so low as to criticize her personal appearance and body type.

    And the pundits and media gurus say that the Clintons are negative!

    April 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. teresa from Canada

    Hillary is the only Democrat that can win. The more people find out about Obama the more they are concerned. The country does not know this man but the republicans do – if he becomes the candidate they will rip him to shreds.
    HE can't take it – he is weak

    April 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Lydia

    Why anyone would want to board a sinking ship is beyond me. I can only guess she has promised him some political favors.

    April 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Dylan

    You people are delusional if you think John Edwards is going to support a politician as dirty, ruthless, deceitful and in the pocket of special interests as Hillary Clinton. She represents just about everything he aimed to change about Washington. If he was going to support her he would have done it well before now. 48 prominent staffers and supporters of John Edwards campaign have already endorsed Obama. it's only a matter of time before the Senator does too...

    April 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Steve

    The politicals of yesterday will never overcome our move for change in Washington. I believe that people will see the truth through the slim of Clinton.

    Go! OBAMA






    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. Ed Snook

    It is so sad. I am a yellow dog Democrat and will fight hard for anyone who wins but this is tearing apart our part. Yes, I prefer Obama over Clinton but if you would have asked me two months ago whether I had a negative impression of Hillary I would have said no. But that has changed. She is tearing apart our party. Her only chance of winning is if she gets super-delegates to overthrow the regular delegate count which will most certainly tear apart our party. I don't care if Obama is another Mondale, if we have a divided party it will affect all of our races all the way down the ticket everywhere. Clinton is killing us.

    April 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. rj

    i don't understand how she could be the comeback kid when she blew such enormous leads she has had and she has the ex-president stumping for her as well.

    i was hoping the superdelegates would use some sense in making their choice. i guess their choice is more negativity, more vileness, more conniving, more deceipt. The writing's on the wall.

    please remaining superdelegates look at her conniving and see through the b/c.

    April 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Jared Bradford

    WAKE UP PEOPLE. Obama is smoke and mirrors. Ohhhh, I'm all about change, of course I haven't actually done any HARD stuff. Loook at me, I'm all about change.

    QUIT DREAMING PEOPLE. They're all corrupt. She's probably our only hope for someone who can deal with corruptness, but still pull us out of the hell we're in now.

    April 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Scott

    You idiots who think that Hillary is going to win over John McCain are clearly delusional and borderline psychotic. I am one of the growing numbers of people who think that John McCain has something over Billary,.....character. I do not agree with all of his policies, and his recent truce with the religious right, but I will take him over the lying, manipulative, calculating, meglomaniac that is Hillary Clinton. As far as the NC Governor goes, a putz and who cares, he is leaving office soon and knows his state is going for Obama, so he looses nothing. Wake up simpletons.

    April 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Alisa, GA

    Why is anyone surprised by this endorsement? He is not going to support a Black candidate. He is just one vote. Obama will win this state easily.

    OBAMA 2008!!!

    April 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. trudy

    this clinton former pastor information should leak to the press because the politics is now brought down to pastor level. it is not obama that said those things but somebody else a human being even though pastor. why should he carry the burden as though he committed an offence. America wake up!!

    April 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. Debbie

    When did mudslinging make an individual tough? To me the one that does the mudslinging is the so called "pansy". Good for her that she got the NC Governor's endorsement. That is not a guarantee she will win that state. There are individuals who have minds and make thier own informed decisions. Clinton's so called toughness is divisive unless you are in her camp. What will happen if she does become President, how does her divisiveness get things done for the American people? I guess she'll just aniliate whoever gets in her way. That will solve many a true problem we currently have in this country,

    April 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. Lee WV

    Won't see the effect that it made in PA.

    April 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. Ken Austin, TX


    He is the second superdelegate from North Carolina to back Clinton. Six North Carolina superdelegates have endorsed Obama.

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. Eric

    And she makes Dracula look like a day care worker. Yet, is this what we want – a "killer" In office? I'll take smart, deliberate, tough, and less divisive any day of the week. Bush is tough as nails and b/c of that we are knee deep in troubles. Hillary will split this country so far apart we won't be able to scream to the otherside.

    April 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Lisa

    toni, who said anything racist? Only the Clinton's bring up race not Obama.

    McCain is going to win and man are we going to lose!

    April 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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