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. Expat American

    I was hoping to see Ted Nugent.

    August 30, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Sabine

    No one had a problem with Oprah and her support of OBama back in 2008.

    August 30, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. lynn

    can't say anything bad about mr. eastwood , except he's just another rich guy protecting his own intrest .

    August 30, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Malory Archer

    Mr Atlanta GA

    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.

    How could you possibly know that considering he bought and destroyed the computer hard drives from his time as governor of MA. He also bought and destroyed the computer hard drives from his time at the SLC Olympics so nobody could see what he did with the $1.5 billion taxpayer dollars he got. All his track record proves is that he doesn't want taxpayers to know where their $$$ and jobs went.

    August 30, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. mario

    He will be in the average of age of the crowd

    August 30, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. clem

    I know some one that met Eastwood, said "he's not as nice as everyone thinks" Now I know why, repubs are BULLIES, RUDE, and hateful....period "Voter ID law, done, that will ensure Romney's win"......um, how ILLEGAL is that. Repubs are bullies, plain and simple

    August 30, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Cynic

    When I heard this my first thought was that he must be releasing a new movie. As it turns out, he is.

    August 30, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. gmenfan54

    Clint's first words will be...."Go ahead...Show us you tax returns".

    August 30, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. PoBoy

    Man, I was waiting with bated breath for this annoucement and this is who they bring out? Damn, I voting for Obama now!

    August 30, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -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...

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    Yeah, I guess no one ever bothered to tell him that it was the Blessed St Ronnie Reagan who had the idea of not taxing the poor because it released more money into the real economy. Its interesting that slipped his memory, but its convenient, given his audience.

    August 30, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Larry L

    How about President George W. Bush for a guest? How about Mitt Romney's tax accountant?

    This actor wants a President who will make the very wealthy pay even less in taxes. Why is that a surprise?

    August 30, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. matt

    Yes I am sure the Dirty Harry references will bring in lots of fresh blood.

    August 30, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. CBinSantaFe

    There once was a people who thought their economy was THE most important consideration when electing their official.
    The country was Germany and they elected a man named Hitler!

    August 30, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. demsrule

    Well, well, well Clint Eastwood! Who? They were excited about Ted Nugents endorsement until they found out that he is an extremist and that he was under federal investigation. It's befitting that the "good ole boys" club would have more "good ole boy" hollywood types backing them up. It's unimpressive needless to say. The hollywood GOPers are usually the out of work yesteryear actors anyway.

    August 30, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. commonsense

    Damn, I was hoping it was going to be Sarah Palin. Just another clown for the show!!

    August 30, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Larry L

    @Sabine

    No one had a problem with Oprah and her support of OBama back in 2008.
    ----------------------------------------------------
    Good point! Oprah was concerned about the poor, the homeless, and those too disadvantaged to speak for themselves. Eastwood is concerned about the wealthy paying less taxes. Each has their cause... You can decide which is most noble.

    August 30, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. kayla

    imagine, accusing the president that he hangs around hollywood crowd. i knew the repugs are sooo jealous of the president, that they had to go and get one. that still will not help. you need more that clint to make you not look like pinnochio.

    August 30, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. rosie

    Clint Eastwood??? I was hoping for Barnie. Oh pooh.

    August 30, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. SPF

    I assume He is just like the character he played in Gran turino, minus the change to a decent human being in the end. Perfect way to sum up the republican party.

    August 30, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. CBinSantaFe

    Once upon a time there was a people who voted strictly because of their economic conditions, thinking this man could lead them out of a severe depression. The country was 1930's Germany, and their vote lead to World War II.

    August 30, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Bessy

    I always liked Eastwood and find myself disappointed with him now. After all, a lot of women are going to see and are buying his movies and I would hope that he would want the best for them and not what Romney, Ryan and the other republicans are preaching. Too bad ! Guess I will not be seeing his new movie.

    August 30, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. thanks GW

    Romney isn't perfect, but he and Ryan will work to stop ever-increasing government debt. Americans are worried about this more than anything right now–and they should be. Obama seems more concerned that "local and state governments aren't growing fast enough." Why would a President ever worry about that??? Seriously. That should never be one of those things that keeps a President up at night–but apparently it does Obama.

    August 30, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. Cut me a break

    "Cut my taxes, punk..."

    August 30, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. David

    Not suprise and don't care... I know he's a republican and he's against bill clintion too.

    August 30, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. CanadaONE

    Clint is a Catholic that turned Mormon

    August 30, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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