Clint Eastwood endorses Mitt Romney in surprise fundraiser visit
'The country needs a boost somewhere,' actor says
A surprise endorsement from Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood - to
paraphrase one of his most iconic lines - made Mitt Romney's day. The "Dirty
Harry" star appeared at a Romney fundraiser in Idaho's Sun Valley last
week. The Academy Award winning actor and director says he endorses
Romney because "the country needs a boost somewhere."
A surprise endorsement from Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood - to paraphrase one of his most iconic lines - made Mitt Romney's day.
Eastwood was mistakenly aligned with Democratic President Barack Obama when he appeared in an ad by Chrysler, entitled "Halftime in America." Aired during the halftime of the Super Bowl, the clip was narrated by Eastwood and could have been interpreted as an endorsement of Obama.
Eastwood said flatly that he was not endorsing either candidate, telling Fox News Channel he is "certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama.
"It was meant to be a message about just about job growth and the spirit of America," Eastwood said. "I think all politicians will agree with it. I thought the spirit was O.K. I am not supporting any candidate at this time."
Eastwood walked unaccompanied across the bridge to the resort where about 325 people turned out to contribute to Romney's campaign.
Taking the stage after an impromptu introduction from Romney, he told the crowd that he first saw Romney when the candidate was running for governor of Massachusetts while he was directing "Mystic River" in Boston.
"God, this guy, he's too handsome to be governor. But it does look like he could be president," Eastwood remarked.
Tax fairness was the primary reason Eastwood cited in his remarks for endorsing Romney, saying Romney will "restore a decent tax system... so there's fairness and people are not pitted against each other."
When asked why he was endorsing Romney, Eastwood sporting Ray-Ban sunglasses, said plainly "I haven't endorsed the Governor."
As the press stood confused, Eastwood let everyone in on the joke, which he was in fact there to endorse Romney.
Eastwood chortled when asked if this was his second act of "Halftime in America." "That's pretty good," Eastwood said.
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