Eastwood: If they were 'dumb enough to ask me…'
September 18th, 2012
02:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Eastwood: If they were 'dumb enough to ask me…'

(CNN) – Clint Eastwood isn't taking much time to reflect on his unique endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at last month's Republican National Convention, after all he says if they're "dumb enough" to ask him, they'll take what they get.

"If somebody is dumb enough to ask me to go to political convention and say something, they're gonna have to take what they get," said Eastwood in an interview Tuesday with the television show "Extra" about the convention speech that won rave reviews, puzzled looks and slacked jaws.

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In ad-libbed remarks that sent the Twitterverse and political commentators questioning the sanity of both the famed actor/director and the Romney campaign, Eastwood appeared on stage as Tampa's "mystery" guest with an empty chair and proceeded to chide an invisible President Barack Obama for what the Hollywood legend billed as a disappointing four years.

"People loved it or hated it and that's fine," said Eastwood of the speech. "That's what it was supposed to be... I was just having fun."

But would he do it again?

"I don't know. I never look backwards. It's done and it's done," said Eastwood though he "probably would."

As for the origins of the act, Eastwood said he stole the idea from himself adding that he previously did a similar skit while speaking at a funeral for a friend.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Me IN HOUSTON

    OMG! I knew it. The GOtP was setup by Eastwood from the word go.

    September 18, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Donkey Party

    In typical fashion, "truth hurts" and "bb" leave comments laced with severe grammatical errors, proudly displaying their illiteracy and ignorance that the GOP covets so dearly. Then there's "Myviewis", who is just plain ignorant, but retains just enough brain power to use spell check.

    September 18, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. myviewis

    cali girl

    Wonder why Robmeys team is completely running away from Clint's remarks. Try finding Clint's speech on the Robmey web stie. Or anything they posted about the RNC, the official site for Robmey.
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    And why are you running away from mocking Democrats for using Russian ships to honor our U.S. Veterans??? you couldn't tell either that they were Russian ships. Who's dumb now???

    September 18, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Game Over

    Willard lost. He might have won but he keeps......talking.

    September 18, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. myviewis

    Donkey Party

    In typical fashion, "truth hurts" and "bb" leave comments laced with severe grammatical errors, proudly displaying their illiteracy and ignorance that the GOP covets so dearly. Then there's "Myviewis", who is just plain ignorant, but retains just enough brain power to use spell check.
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    And Democrats used Russian ships as U.S. ships to honor our U.S. Veterans. How DUMB!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Truth – Thanks to Obama we avoided a Bush republican near depression, and as soon as we can send the congressional tea baggers packing, we will have a lower unemployment rate.

    September 18, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Elle

    the problem with his skit was that it made no sense. If you don't like President Obama, you can complain about what he has done. But to imply he'd tell someone to ___ themselves... He is a man of measured words and caution. You can even complain toom much caution. But he is presidential and respectful.

    September 18, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Donkey – myview acknowledge he is from Europe, so he (or she ) is a socialist by nature. Myview probably landed a minimum wage job posting for Fox foreign owned media, but will have to self deport is Mittens is elected.

    September 18, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Today, 5 million birthers are wishing that Mittens was not an idiot.

    September 18, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. truth hurts

    Donkey Party
    In typical fashion, "truth hurts" and "bb" leave comments laced with severe grammatical errors
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    don't have time to re-read and correct all typos... i'll leave that tpo anal retentive clowns like you.

    September 18, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. The Blind leading the Deaf

    Finally he's admitting they're dumb.

    September 18, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    He was certainly no Charlton Heston.

    September 18, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. truth hurts

    Wire Palladin, S. F. - Truth – Thanks to Obama we avoided a Bush republican near depression
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    oh really???

    Job loses had peaked and were declining when Obama took office.

    The economic recession officially ended in June 2009, six months after Obama took office and before anything he did took affect. The recession lasted exactly as long as just about every other recession, 18 months.

    Obama did NOTHING to help ANYTHING. He has done EVERYTHING to make it worse and longer.

    September 18, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. myviewis

    Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Donkey – myview acknowledge he is from Europe, so he (or she ) is a socialist by nature. Myview probably landed a minimum wage job posting for Fox foreign owned media, but will have to self deport is Mittens is elected.
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    You remembered that I am from Europe. Isn't Obama the one going around wanting the U.S to be more like Europe???? In your words, Socialist, which means Obama wants the U.S. to be Socialist????? The reason I am in the U.S. is because I am not a Socialist, why I do not live in Europe. You said it Socialist, think about it. Obama wants the U.S. to be like Europe.

    September 18, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. judy

    even eastwood finds the repos dumb. also witness the comments posted here. Dumb and dumber running for office will not win. No idea whats going on . mitt is a twitt just as brithish press labeled him. forward

    September 18, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. Bill from GA

    to truth hurts:

    The turnaround had already started, because of TARP.

    How many repugs want to claim that, or even supported it with their vote??

    And then Obama's Stimulus continued the PROGRESS, until repugs began to block his agenda with the filibuster and later their control of the House.

    September 18, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, Well,
    Clint only gave us a Microcosom of what is really going on in the Liberal Democrat Party. Now the Liberal's do it much better, after all how do you follow a 16 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt, 47 Million on Food Stamps, millions out of work and millions of morgages under water. The Liberal's do it much better!!

    September 18, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    -myviewis

    Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Donkey – myview acknowledge he is from Europe, so he (or she ) is a socialist by nature. Myview probably landed a minimum wage job posting for Fox foreign owned media, but will have to self deport is Mittens is elected.
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    You remembered that I am from Europe. Isn't Obama the one going around wanting the U.S to be more like Europe???? In your words, Socialist, which means Obama wants the U.S. to be Socialist????? The reason I am in the U.S. is because I am not a Socialist, why I do not live in Europe. You said it Socialist, think about it. Obama wants the U.S. to be like Europe.
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    Listen, jackwagon: Obama is not a socialist by European standards or by anyone who actually understands the term. He has more in common with David Cameron or Angela Merkel than Mitterand, so please, do yourself a favor and drop the pretense. Were you a member of the National Front, or some other neo-Nazi group?

    September 18, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Lisa P

    As for the origins of the act, Eastwood said he stole the idea from himself adding that he previously did a similar skit while speaking at a funeral for a friend.
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    Remind me never to ask Clint Eastwood to speak at my funeral.

    September 18, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Canuck

    @Obama's America
    "Just more proof democrats can't handle the truth"

    So , you're OK with your man writing off almost half the country then???
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    It has apparently escaped the attention of a few right wing bloggers here on CNN that these were the same people Mr. Reagan and Mr. Bush II spent so much time courting for their votes. Mr. Romney ... not so much.

    September 18, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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