Take that, Rocky!
RALEIGH – Rocky Balboa is getting a workout on the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Endorsing Clinton on Tuesday, North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley evoked the fictional fighter, played in the popular “Rocky” movies by Sylvester Stallone, to describe the former first lady as a tireless fighter.
“I’ve been accused of being persistent and downright aggravating,” the governor said, with Clinton at his side, “but this lady right here makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy.”
Clinton has compared herself to the fighter on the campaign trail, saying like him, “I never quit. I never give up.”
Theme songs from the “Rocky” movies, in which Rocky Balboa fought as an underdog, as a champion and as a comeback boxer, have been used at Clinton campaign events.
In Raleigh on Tuesday, the North Carolina governor talked about how much he admired Clinton and also his wife Mary, who was on hand.
“There’s nothing I love more than a strong, powerful woman, so I’m in hog heaven today,” Easley said. “Sitting back in that conference room with Mary and Hillary Clinton, I just watched. You kind of got to know when to be quiet. You kind of got to know when the people in the room are way beyond you.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Chris Keane (North Carolina governor endorsing Clinton)