August 4th, 2012
12:13 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney lands Clint Eastwood endorsement

Sun Valley, Idaho (CNN) - It could have been a scene from one of his films, but fortunately for Mitt Romney, it was no act when Clint Eastwood endorsed him Friday night.

At a fundraiser in the Idaho resort town of Sun Valley, where Eastwood owns a home, Romney said the legendary actor and director "just made my day."

But Eastwood showed up at the Sun Valley resort as a citizen concerned about the direction of the country, telling reporters beforehand he was backing the Republican presidential candidate "because I think the country needs a boost somewhere."

He later told hundreds at the outdoor reception that Romney was "going to restore, hopefully, a decent tax system that we need badly...so that there's a fairness and people are not pitted against one another as to who's paying taxes and who isn't."

The 82-year-old also weighed in on the controversy involving U.S. Olympians, depending on their income bracket, getting taxed on their medals.

"[W]e don't want anybody taking away the Olympic medals tax-wise from the Olympic athletes. I mean it's kind of embarrassing," Eastwood said. "Here we are, trillions of dollars in debt, and here the government's talking about getting a couple nickels, in their language."

Romney introduced Eastwood to more than 200 people, "There's a guy here from the world of acting who has pursued his dreams in a very unusual way. He stood up to the industry and sort of did it his own way."

Eastwood learned about Romney when he was filming Mystic River in Massachusetts.

"And at that time Gov. Romney was running for governor and I kept seeing him appear on television all the time and I said 'God this guy, he's too handsome to be governor, but he does look like he could be president," he said as the audience laughed. "And as the years have gone by, I begin to think even more so about that."

Eastwood managed to keep his endorsement private until he showed up at the fundraiser, which helped raise more than $2 million for the Victory Fund, a joint effort between the Romney campaign and the RNC.

He arrived in sunglasses, gray sneakers, tie and blazer along with his signature dry sense of humor, joking with reporters when asked why he decided to endorse Romney. "I haven't endorsed the governor...Oh yeah, no I just did."

Before this TV producer started to record our brief exchange, Eastwood warned that filming him would steal his soul.

Reuters reporter Sam Youngman made a reference to a Super Bowl ad about Detroit starring Eastwood, which at the time stirred speculation he might be supporting President Barack Obama.

"Is this your second act of half time in America endorsing Romney," asked Youngman, to which Eastwood replied, "Maybe."


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soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. Bob Franks

    "Legacy of Success!" by Beasley really covers this in detail! (Amazon)

    August 4, 2012 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  2. Common Sense

    Sweet! anyone else?

    August 4, 2012 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  3. carl bird

    Clint Eastwood has clearly lost it. Tax fairness from a billionaire tax-evading corporate shark? And I have to disagree with you, Clint: Mitt the Twit is not even handsome. Get your eyes checked. You are getting old.

    August 4, 2012 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  4. nathan

    He use to be one of my favorite actors!

    August 4, 2012 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  5. Fortinbras

    i dont think hes sure about Romney. He even mocked Romney with a little flip flop of his own.

    August 4, 2012 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  6. 2020

    The script didn't sound right, Client. where did you borrow the script? Leno or Letterman?

    Romney changes to a fair tax? Are you kidding. How come he paid less than 15% tax while everyone else paid minimum of 30%. is that Fair? ABSOLUTELY NOT.

    Superficial appearance has a qualification for president, it is the brian, smartness, analystical thinking, and not to say anything to anyone just to please audience. That is a used car salesman job description.

    You know better, at least on screen.

    August 4, 2012 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  7. Correction

    Clint Eastwood supported John McCain in 2008.

    August 4, 2012 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  8. maz

    The two parity should work together the sake of unemployment people.

    August 4, 2012 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  9. Milton K. Wiah

    Mr. Clint, the man who you endorsed, Mitt himself has not or paid less taxes. So we asking how is he going to
    reform the tax code.

    August 4, 2012 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  10. deltapa

    Look how quickly the Rush Limbaugh and Fox news zombies forgot about Clint supposedly making a liberal Pro Obama statement in that Superbowl commercial. LOL

    August 4, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  11. T'sah From Virginia

    An old legend for a lone ranger – eh!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 4, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  12. Stephen

    This isn't a surprise to me! Eastwood is the replacement for Charlton Heston! No bid deal!

    August 4, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  13. Johnny DC

    It's halftime America. And Clint Eastwood loves his country.

    August 4, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  14. Wake up people

    Whoopty doo. Another old white man supporting the party of old white men. Clint may be a good actor, but he's a white man first.

    Willard Mitt Robmey, a worse choice than shrub.

    August 4, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  15. NativeUSA

    Romney is what Obama is not a moderate............and honest.

    August 4, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  16. Reggie from LA

    OH MY GOD!! Robme got Eastwood's endorsement?!! A natural fit of course so there's no surprise... JESUS.

    August 4, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  17. joyce

    I guess money likes momey

    August 4, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  18. sargesgiftshop.com

    God Bless you Mr. Eastwood for your reccomendation... you are my all time favorite actor.

    August 4, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  19. Andy Smith

    So where's all the hoopla about the Superbow ad with Clint Eastwood and Chrysler? The collective GOP heads almost exploded about that ad. What do they have to say now that Clint Eastwood has endorsed Romney? Was the ad still a plot by President Obama to divide this country?

    August 4, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  20. NativeUSA

    MAKE MY DAY PUNK LIBERAL! Moderates are running for Romney.........the koolaid drinkers remain unchanged.

    August 4, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  21. Canulman

    I have admired the acting and directing skills of Mr.Eastwood for years. Through media appearances and reports, I have decided that he is a man of good sense and decency.
    However, I cannot agree with his endorsement of Romney. I have watched, with sadness, the slow decline of the USA.

    August 4, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  22. n

    Sorry but Clint Eastwood is not a political heavy weight . . . can you say actor, director and producer? That is all. Romney whole selfish life and political career is recorded for all to see and yet, people, like Clint Eastwood, turn a blind eye to. Says a lot about their character and judgement, wouldn't you say???????

    August 4, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  23. Penobscot

    Another reason to love Clint Eastwood...

    August 4, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  24. Canukman

    I have admired the acting and directing skills of Mr.Eastwood for years. Through media appearances and reports, I have decided that he is a man of good sense and decency.
    However, I cannot agree with his endorsement of Romney. I have watched, with sadness, the slow decline of the USA. And I do not think a hard turn to the Right is the way to repair the internal conflicts so obvious now in your country. I think it is time for American leaders to be inclusive of all citizens and stop the divisions of politics, race and economic station before your country starts to implode on itself. I believe Obama is by far the better man to accomplish that for your nation.

    August 4, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  25. n

    Wow! A republican endorsing another republican, That's something you don't normally see . . . Not!

    August 4, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
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