Clinton: Easley's endorsement 'politically very meaningful'
Gov. Mike Easley endorsed Hillary Clinton for president Tuesday, lending his support to her underdog effort to beat Sen. Barack Obama in the state's May 6 primary.Posted — Updated
Easley decided to endorse Clinton, lending his support to her underdog effort to beat Sen. Barack Obama in the state's May 6 primary.
"Hillary Clinton gets it. She gets it. It’s time for somebody to be in the White House who knows what challenges we face in this country," Easley said.
Before the announcement, Easley and Clinton walked around North Carolina State University.
"I think it's a tremendous boost to the campaign and its a reaffirmation of the momentum that we have in the state and a reaffirmation of Sen. Clinton's message and its importance ... to the people of North Carolina," Tom Hendrickson, an adviser to Clinton in North Carolina, told The Associated Press.
Two week ago, Easley wrote a note to Obama imploring the Illinois senator to take part in a debate that would have taken place Sunday in Raleigh. Obama declined, saying he wasn't sure it would fit with his schedule, and the state Democratic Party later abandoned the debate plans.
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