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. Amazed

    A fairness Clint? The rich get more under the trickle down theory that economist know doesn't work and that is fair/ do actual facts mean anything to these people? I think the Irish President said it best.....

    August 30, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Megan

    @Former...you mean act intellectual. Thats what actors do, pretend to be something they arent.

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

    TAX RETURNS willard, you are catering to those with the intellect of a grape...........

    August 30, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. DrakeIsRaw

    I can't stop thinking of Grand Tarino when he's holding a rifle and telling everyone to get off his yard, lol

    August 30, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. JDinHouston

    So Mitt had to go to Hollywood to create some excitement. Don't the Republicans accuse the Democrats of doing that all the time? I like Dirty Harry, no issues there, I'm sure I'll enjoy his speech, but it sure does make the Republicans sound like bunch of hypocrites.

    August 30, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Peik

    Isn't it ironic that Democrats know who Clint Eastwood is? Eastwood never appeared in a Michael Moore production.

    August 30, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. New Yorkers against Trump

    i will never watch another Clint Eastwood film for the rest of my life. actually, i 've never watched them in th east. i don't like that tough guy persona, and anyway, anyone who votes for Romney is a wimp.

    August 30, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. mario

    he got paid $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    August 30, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. JDinHouston

    Clint Eastwood talking to Mitt Romney, "Mitt, you've gotta ask yourself a question: "Do I act like a robot?" Well, do ya, punk?"

    August 30, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. CT

    Harry Reid said Clint hasn't paid taxes in 10years!

    Jim Beam told him.

    August 30, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Debbie

    Good director, good actor, ex Mayor of uber wealthy Carmel. He'll say make my day and the crowd will go crazy. Other than that I think Clints getting a little old and I don't take voting advice from actors.

    August 30, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Mike

    How funny that Clint expects Mitt to install a fair tax system, when Mitt himself doesn't play fair. Oh well, I still like his movies even if his politics are mis-guided.

    August 30, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. dowdotica

    ??? huh wha? i'm still not going to throw out my dirty harry dvds...

    August 30, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. BlkPwr817

    Didn't the GOP blast this gut in Feb. after he stared in a Automobile commercial during the Super Bowl. An ad that said the auto industry has definitely come back strong. An ad that seemed to give president Obama credit when in fact ALL of Americans should feel proud that the world is once again buying products made in the USA...Classic flip floppery GOP...

    August 30, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. Mr Atlanta GA

    Are all of the people against Mitt Romney who are posting here "Pro Obama" or do you not like either? I am not a fan of either candidate, but I do know that at least Romney has a proven track record in business and government. People that argue against his previous career at Bain Capital or his lower personal tax bill clearly have a misunderstanding about both. As for Obama, I believe he has had his chance and he certainly did not fail, the man did a lot of great things, but creating a balanced tax system and opening the US as a tax haven for business to thrive are not among them. We need this to balance our books and begin to grow. Mr Eastwood recognizes this. Clint Eastwood is a registered Libertarian so he is going outside of his party to support. I also give him credit for being an active/successful business owner and a successful politician which says a lot more than most of the WIND coming out of Hollyweird!

    August 30, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. chuck

    ..not impressed. Robin Williams would be better choice. Better yet .. S. Palin LOL.

    August 30, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. virginia

    I am so proud to be a Republican after hearing Ryan, and Rice & having Romney as our candidate. It will be nice
    to have an administration that we can be proud of and know that they are true patriots. Eastwood is a welcome
    addition.

    August 30, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. clem kadiddle

    Quote, I think Mitt Romney is the most handsome man I have ever seen, and hes got my vote. Clint Eastwood.
    Sounds like the many Republicans who backed Sara Palin because they thought she was attractive.

    August 30, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. ohreally

    LOL, and how often do we hear from the GOP about Hollywood staying out of politics. Except of course when they support the GOP. Too funny.

    August 30, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. DesertDwlr

    And here I was certain it was going to be Rafalca.

    August 30, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Lisa P

    Well that's just sad. I used to have some respect for Clint Eastwood; now I find out that he's out of touch and easily fooled. I guess it will happen to us all, in the end, when we start getting old and taking the world for granted.

    August 30, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. rs

    Movie actors rarely make good endorsements, and worse politicians.

    August 30, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. mike

    I'm a liberal who sits at home in mommie's basement and posts troll comments on GOP articles all day. I'm a real winner! Obama 2012!

    August 30, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    Let's not forget Jon Voight, Victoria Jackson, Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton, etc...the list of righties in Hollywood has always been pretty extensive. What I've never undestood is that a party that has always been so willing to embrace sensorship and ridicule artistic expression is still so eager to have their tokens grace their convention. This is about as meaningful as having Shannon Dougherty lead the 1988 GOP convention in the Pledge of Allegience.

    August 30, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. yawkeyway

    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."

    If that isn't 'punch you in the face' irony, I do not know what is...does clint own a TV...computer...or at least read A newspaper...even Sarah Palin has read 'all of them'...seriously...

    August 30, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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