Governor Mike Easley has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.
He praised Clinton's tenacity, saying she "makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy."
At a joint appearance in Raleigh Tuesday morning, the two-term Democrat said Clinton "gets it."
"It's time for somebody to be in the White House who understands the challenges we face in this country," Easley said.
Easley's endorsement comes a week before the state's May 6 primary. It's a boost for the former first lady, who is trailing Barack Obama in most state polls.
Easley is the second North Carolina superdelegate to endorse Clinton. Obama has the backing of six superdelegates in the state.
Easley and Clinton began the day touring a biotechnology lab at North Carolina State University.
This video is from CNN.com, broadcast April 29, 2008.