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. A Voter

    I'm with Hillary all the way.

    She is the next President.

    The people who believe in her have a feeling about it.

    It's just undeniable.

    No matter how bleak the horizon looks, we can feel in our guts that she is going to make it.

    It's her time.

    The television pundits haven't been able to stop her.

    Obama's money machine hasn't been able to stop her.

    The print media hasn't been able to stop her.

    Her supporters keep pluggin along, quietly, and not so quietly.

    We will overcome.

    We will prevail.

    She hears us and she fights for us.

    We will fight for her.

    Love you Hillary (and thank you, Bill, for 8 yrs. of peace and prosperity)

    HILLARY CLINTON, Madame President, POTUS #44 !!!!

    April 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Ryan kr

    Obama 08..................Obama 2012......... Yes...Yes...Yes.

    Obama 08.................Obama 2012..........................Obama2012......

    Obama 08....................Obama 2012......................Obama 2012....

    April 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Tone

    I voted for Easley, i still like Easley because i understand he's bucking for Att. Gen. in a Clinton Admin. Good move for yourself easly

    Obama 08

    April 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Ditch the Rocky references. They're trite and meaningless.

    The only real part of that comparison is that Rocky is a fictional character, just like Clinton's public persona.

    Don't fall for it.

    April 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Gregg

    Hillary Clinton is the toughest and most resilient democrat we have had for years.
    She wins when she has to against incredible odds. As for the Obama supporters and those who are crying for her to get out of the race. Obama has had many chances to finish Clinton off, BUT he cannot. That says something incredibly loud about Obama.
    President Clinton on January 20, 2009!

    April 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. shirley

    On Jan. 10, 2008 the North Carolina Republic printed this quote from Hillary's speech, "I will not withdraw troops from Iraq".

    Why hasn't the media picked this up? It should be front page news because Hillary voted Yes to war with Iraq and she has based most of her campaign on bringing the troops home.

    April 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. Jack

    Understands? Big deal! She also understands that she is lying.

    This woman is the enemy of the people, clearly put.

    April 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. meggy

    NC will be white soon....

    April 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Lilarose in Oregon

    Obama is going to win the Democratic primary because he has the most votes, delegates, whatever.

    McCain is going to be our next president.

    I will vote for Hillary in Oregon's primary May 20 (ballot will be in my mailbox in a few days, I will fill it out, then mail it back–so easy).

    I will NOT vote for Obama. I think he would make a great preacher or Boy Scout leader, but has no clue how to be a president.

    He needs to be tough, and he hasn't a tough bone in his body.

    April 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. the kid

    why is it that nobody has said anything about the Clinton's preacher that is in prison for "child abuse"? I believe people need to know about this also... don't you guys think so?

    April 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Rodney Ellis

    Big deal. Just yesterday, Obama played b-ball with UNC players and Roy Williams told his players, "THE FUTURE PRESIDENT of the United States is wide open!" Seriously, in this state (yes, I am in NC), who has more clout, the basketball coach at UNC or the Gov? When the Heels play, people pay attention. When Easley speaks, does anybody listen?

    April 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. mickey

    I have only ever heard "pansy" used in this context to insult gay men...and she looks happy being endorsed by this man?? I guess she takes what she can get!

    April 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. real news

    Who cares about Clinton, I want to hear more about Reverend Wright. He's Awesome! What a hoot! If he were at a church near me I'd go listen!

    April 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. PJB

    Takes a lot of nerve to not only vote against the will of your constituents, but to mock them at the same time by saying things like "There's been a lot of 'Yes we can!' out there, but...' is just shameful. I wish he could run again so the voters in NC could mock him right back.

    April 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Doug

    Rocky was only a movie and how can a multimillionaire US Senator who has a household budget of over a million dollars a month and is still subsidized by the tax[payers be a fighter for anybody else? This has to be impossible to deliver.

    April 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. AMS

    Congratulations Hillary!

    Hillary 2008!!!

    April 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. chris from va (we already voted for someone)

    she makes stalin look like a "nice guy"

    April 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Chris from San Antonio

    How many republicans and independents that are currently leaning toward Obama will storm to the McCain campaign if Hillary wins the dem nom? The same people that will stay home rather than vote McCain will come out of the woodwork to vote AGAINST HIllary.

    April 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Candi Lace, Atlanta GA

    It's no secret though not touted in the press that Sen. Hillary Clinton has been endorsed by the most governors, mayors, generals and admirals because she is the only candidate who will stand on her own in the White House and actually work for us. She's built on action, not charming speeches. Speeches will not beat McCain in the General Election and speeches aren't part of the decision-making process. Sen. Obama staggers weakly when he has to answer basic questions alone about what he would actually DO, not say, in the White House. His supporters nor endorsements would be in the Oval Office and he would fail this country miserably. He has no real record to stand on and no real measure of success as a politician. As for the "We Can" sermon, what part would the "we" actually play in foreign policy, the environment, the economy, homelessness, poverty, the list goes on? Absolutely nothing. The apathetic, lazy voters wowed by the concept of hope have probably never even written or called their own local representatives let alone demanded something better from Pres. Bush. It's a facade. The real victory will be when Sen. Hillary Clinton soars above McCain and takes the seat. That is when you can expect this country to shine again. GO HILLARY!

    April 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Debra, MO

    Hillary will not win without the African American vote and nothing will change that. LMAO

    April 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. California Voter

    It will take someone both experienced and tough to lead this country through the economic crisis we are in. It's nice to see that Hillary has support from NC governor - and that CNN is mentioning it for a change!
    This is not a time to change leadership for the sake of change, this is a time to select a leader that knows the ropes.


    April 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Jon

    a lot of you don't know about this, but Easley is extremely unpopular in North Carolina... this endorsement might backfire on her. its not too different from Cheney endorsing McCain

    April 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. norma

    I'm so happy to see this support for Hillary. I've never given up on her, and I think she has the fortitude, determination, knowledge and ability to get some things done. No one can do everything they promise, especially about bringing the troops home tomorrow, but where there's a will, there's a way, and little by little, I believe she'll chip away at everything she can, to get us back on track. She's a most eloquent speaker, spontaneous and confident speaker, and I believe she really does have the potention to work for our best interests.

    Thanks to the governor, to all superdelegates and delegates, and keep supporting Hillary.

    April 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Cheryl

    Clinton standing trial in the Peter Paul case in California

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

    When will CNN begin to cover the Clinton trial in California which alledges that she broke campaign finance laws? After she scolded CNN during the debate, CNN has returned to be the Clinton News Network. What a joke!

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