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. wjchucklebutt

    Too bad Clint would be a better nominee than Willard.

    August 30, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Reality Check

    I thought the GOP hated Hollywood. What next, a claim that Eastwood is persecuted for his political beliefs? Or maybe, just maybe, it is the GOP that is the party of division seeking to paint with a broad brush whenever convenient?

    August 30, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. SJAJR

    A celebrity at a political rally. Why do celebrities have to show off there politics, Does anyone realy care? I like Clint Eastwood, he is a gifted actor and an awsome director. I also like the music of Ted Nugent, but that doesn't mean I have to agree with these peoples politics. And who really watches these conventions. most the people that watch these already support the party. You know all your going to hear is that they will be the best for the country, and the other guys a dirt bag. You never learn anything new. Anymore, politics are as predictable as the sun rising.

    August 30, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Dan

    Another 1% lying for the mighty Dollar.

    August 30, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Larry

    Whoa....now just a minute there! Isn't Eastwood one of those "Hollywood types" that when Obama has similar support the GOP screams, "elitist?" Oh, we get it, Eastwood is a conservative, so that makes it okay. The hypocrisy of the far right lives on. Is there anything at all original with Romney? He is definitely not leadership material. Is Eastwood going to deliver Romney's full tax records....is that the surprise?

    August 30, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Pander Bear

    How will they rectify their love for Clint with their excoriation of him for the Super Bowl ad? Oh that's right. It's Flip Flopney's party now. Another etch-a-sketch moment for the GOP.

    2/6/12 – Fox News contributor Karl Rove criticized the ad for being "a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics, and the President of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising."

    August 30, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. disgustedvet

    Liberals dissing Clint Eastwood because he is a "star " and "stars " have no credibility. That is a priceless example of liberal hypocrisy.

    August 30, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Reasonably

    Sure we need to fix the economy, but why does the GOP insist on adding all the Christian Sharia Law baggage?

    August 30, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. AgrippaMT

    The only myster about Clint Eastwood is why he is still alive. Romney no doubt would have preferred Charleton "Moses" Heston, but he's already dead. There are already too many political zombies in Tampa.

    August 30, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. ValarMorghulis

    I will never pay to see another Eastwood again. He's old, rich and probably doesn't care that he has just lost half of his audience.

    August 30, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. AJD13

    What a shame....I used to respect the man. Not sure I can now.

    August 30, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. gopless

    That's all this country needs, another make believe hero from Hollywood like Heston, Swartzanegger, Reagan, John Wayne and all the other draft dodging fruit cakes that suck up to any wannbe Republican that comes along. Reagan made propoganda movies for the war department during world war two as his part in fighting for his country. PS– He also got rich doing so while the other real heros slogged through the mud of Europe and the jungles of the pacific and many of them died while fighting for this country. Where was Romney when the fighting in Vietnam was going on? Where was Eastwood?

    August 30, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. SM

    Very disappointed with Clint.. very...

    August 30, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. TY

    UDidntBuildThat

    This is the story of a blonde flying in a two-seater airplane sitting next to the pilot. He has a heart attack and dies. She, frantic, calls out a May Day. "May Day! May Day! Help me! Help me! My pilot had a heart attack and is dead. And I don't know how to fly. Help me! Please help me!" She hears a voice over the radio saying: "This is Air Traffic Control and I have you loud and clear. I will talk you through this and get you back on the ground. I've had a lot of experience with this kind of problem. Now, just take a deep breath. Everything will be fine! Now give me your height and position." She says, "I'm 5'4" and I support Obama."
    "O.K." says the voice on the radio.... "Repeat after me: Our Father. . Who art in Heaven. . . .."

    August 30, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
    HeHe you need a job, to much time on your hands......and don't blame it on Obama that you don't have one, just look in the mirror...............

    August 30, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Cedar Rapids

    "disgustedvet – Liberals dissing Clint Eastwood because he is a "star " and "stars " have no credibility. That is a priceless example of liberal hypocrisy."

    no the liberals are pointing the hypocrisy of people, such as yourself, that moan about how hollywood is liberal and that 'stars' that campaign should be ignored......except apparently in this case.

    August 30, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Cedar Rapids

    "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."

    sorry? romney? you think romney is going to introduce a 'fair' tax system so people are not pitted against one another? okaaay......clint, what have you been smoking?

    August 30, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Former Moderate Liberal

    To correct many in here, the GOP never hated larger Hollywood. Larger Hollywood hates the GOP. To call having Eastood speak hypocrisy is ludicrous at best. One icon of a classic actor voices his endorsement for the GOP, and suddenly the GOP are name called and labeled hypocritical? Lol and countless, countless A-listers bash, baselessly, anything conservative. And once here, the GOP gets an A-lister to show his support (and you know Eastwood will not say things like Samuel Jackson, Morgan Freeman, Bill Maher, I know I know some of them are "B-listers")... And lets not forget Sean Penn practically waxing Hugo Chavez's carrot every opportunity he gets!!! Lol. you get my point. But really, leftist commenters, your anger at the GOP, with or WITHOUT one Mr. Eastwood's endorsement, illustrates your lack of confidence in the current Oresident's record of the past 4 years.

    August 30, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. Joshua Ludd

    Someone tell me just how low the tax rates of these rich "job creators" need to be for them to finally start creating some jobs. The Bush tax cuts have been in effect for a few years now, and the job market is still terrible.. as is the economy. So, since we have gone along with the Republican prescription to fix it for so long... where are the results??? Where are the jobs?

    August 30, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. Gezellig

    Is Sondra Locke going to give the rebuttal?

    August 30, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Ken in MD

    Sadly I like Clint a little less knowing this...

    August 30, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Brad

    While I like Clint as an actor, does this really do anything to refute that the Republicans are party of old white guys? Bring on Cuba Gooding Jr. Will Smith, somebody with a tan for goodness sakes.

    August 30, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. BSmith

    Who cares? He's a washed up, old actor.

    August 30, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. kebo72

    Neat! Not really. This was one of the worst kept secrets.

    August 30, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. nvmature

    Hmm...I thought Republicans hated Hollywood types. Now we know it's just the Democratic Hollywood types they hate.

    August 30, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. Bob

    Clint could preserve his reputation here if he called out the GOP to stop destroying America's middle class, but I fear instead he is going to clarify his position as an out of touch 1%er who thinks everything is just hunky dory and that the problem is that 90% of the country is lazy.

    August 30, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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