August 30th, 2012
02:47 PM ET
2 years ago

Solved: Eastwood is RNC 'mystery guest'

(CNN) - Clint Eastwood will be the "mystery guest" at the Republican National Convention's final night, a GOP source confirmed Thursday.

Eastwood, a longtime Republican, is expected to walk through the convention floor in the afternoon for a brief rundown of the night's events.

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The actor endorsed Romney at an Idaho fund-raiser at the beginning of August, where he told 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."

Convention organizers had been teasing a surprise "mystery guest" all week at the convention in Tampa but would not give details or hints about the surprise speaker.

Romney will accept his party's nomination for president Thursday night.

– CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

soundoff (288 Responses)
  1. Hahahahhahahahaha

    "Tax cuts for the rich to create Clint Eastwood!!!!!!!!!" Hahahahahahahah

    August 30, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Mann jersey guy

    Great choice! Solid classy well~respected plainspoken patriotic independant filmaker who makes wise choices without checking the wind direction among the go with the flow hollywood crowd depending where their next meal or paycheck is being decided to be greenlighted or not by the powerbrokers in ny or la la land!?!

    August 30, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Michael

    I love it when some folks can't simply accept that someone disagrees with their Presidential candidate choice. So they resort to insults, name calling and other childishness. Clint Eastwood is one of the great talents in film. He is a celebrity and he is now elderly, but remains vital and involved. And yes, he supports Mitt Romney. Get over it, people.

    August 30, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Djingo

    I can understand Mr. Eastwood's feeling about our country's fiscal challenges. However, based on his past statements and position, I don't see how he can support the GOP 2012 position on social issues. Clint is pretty far to the left of any current GOP leadership in that regard. I'm a bit confused as to why he's picking this far-right GOP ticket to back publicly.

    August 30, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Expat American

    The characters played by Eastwood in his movies were usually ones who went into a dusty town and cleaned up the trash and took down the criminals…but never actually sided with them.

    August 30, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. dj

    This is the injection of energy the GOP needs – A multicultural, youthful figure to rival around!

    August 30, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. AnnsTheMan!

    Well, I guess you everybody above the age of 50 will now be joining the Mittens camp :/

    August 30, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Carla

    TheTraveler says, "I don't begrudge Clint Eastwood his opinion or his political affiliation. I simply hope he doesn't come off as yet another "hack" for the Republicans." Can you also possibly admit that the people like George Clooney are "hacks" for the Democrats...?????

    August 30, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Max

    Isn't he about 80? Seems about the right age for GOP supporter.

    August 30, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. anthony76

    Reagan was a Hollywood actor too. Why do Republicans bash Obama for having Hollywood friends, yet use the likes of Reagan, Clinton, Kid Rock, Nudgent etc.. to support their platforms.

    Is Clint gonna tell Paul Ryan to GET OFF HIS LAWN...?

    August 30, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Phillco

    They are better off getting Steve McQueen.

    August 30, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. jr lee

    That's it? So after all those times everyone was getting excited for this "mystery visitor' and it turned out to be only Mr. Eastwood. The GOP must be in real trouble now.

    August 30, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. think before you speak

    @emma
    Misrepresented facts are spoken on both sides, unfortunately. You need to take a look at what your side is misrepresenting as well.

    August 30, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    @Jeff, I agree with you 100%.
    for the rest of you trolls I don't want to hear anymore of the celebrity witching about the Obama campaign. You have haters like nugent and hank Williams jr and now this old geezer who o vinously doesn't have to worry about his money in his old age or medical care.
    What kind of surprise is this anyway? Is he going to bring his guns with him? Good thing he lives in CA and not MA because his hunting fees would have been raised four times while the bully bishop was governor.

    August 30, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. ghostriter

    Hey, don't forget Dennis Miller. Though he'd lose one on one with BIll Maher.

    Democrats get all the cool celebrities. Not that Clint wasn't cool.....in the 60's. Waitaminute, this all makes sense. They want to attract the 100 and older crowd to stir up the base.

    August 30, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. HEHE

    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."

    HAHAHAHAH

    August 30, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. imvotingforobama

    So the decent tax system he wants is one where I pay more and he pays less on his millions?

    August 30, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. Franco

    Clint Eastwood is a long time Republican. So what is all the fuss about?

    August 30, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. GaryB

    Well, fairness in the tax system would be nice. I'm a Schedule C small business owner. Like most small business owners, my net net earnings are only in the five-figure range. Yet somehow, my tax burden, as a percentage of my income, is considerably larger than Romney's. This, of course, is because most of Romney's income is earned passively (ie by sitting on one's posterior) from family investments while I actually have to work for a living. (For some reason, Republicans value people who earn passive income more than they value people who actually work). And, of course, Romney has the lawyers and accountants necessary to avoid paying tax on as much of his income as possible. One could certainly make the argument that the power of the U.S. market and economy has benifitted and protected Romney to much greater extent than I. So why shouldn't he pay at least the same percentage in taxes that I do? Why should he get off easy just because he was born rich?

    August 30, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Sue

    My only comment is that I've seen my last Clint Eastwood movie! Never liked him much before and like him a whole lot less now.

    August 30, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Franco

    help me I am falling

    August 30, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Rosemary Peppercorn

    Excellent choice. It shows he Republicans care only about the rich. When Eastwood says "fair" tax system, of course he means the rich will pay less. Typical.

    August 30, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Gail

    "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."

    Clint – Clint – Clint, why oh why did those words come out of your mouth? I always thought that you were such an intelligent man. Mr. Romney is well known for "hiding" his income and refuses to show his tax returns prior to the last 2 years. How can YOU and anyone as rich as HE IS, even come close to enforcing a "fair" tax system. That just is not in the cards for Americans as long as there are people like Mitt Romney and George Bush.

    August 30, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. rockysfan

    Really? Mr 1%, paying 15% taxes is gonig to restore a decent tax? Yeah, right. I do have swamp land for sale if you buy that load of ...

    August 30, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. the Situation

    Didn't McSenile have Robert Duvall in 2008. Al Gore had Tommy Lee Jones in 2000, now Romney has Dirty Harry in 2012. Do you see a trend here. The other 2 have movie icons, how did that one trick pony work? Neither McSenile or Gore won. Eastwood won't help him a lick.

    Once Obama gets him one on one in the debate, the president will expose all the lies that Mitts and Ryan have been trying to fool the American people. Once that happens, they will become another footnote in history.

    August 30, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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