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. rs

    The GOP IS dumb enough....

    September 18, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. myviewis

    Don't worry Mr. Eastwood we'd rather talk about those Russian ships used to honor our U.S. Veterans at the Democratic National Convention. Russian ships!!!!!! who would have thought of using them to honor our vets???

    September 18, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    You hear that Team Romney. Your comedic act called you DUMB! Willard, you still have time to fire some of those losers providing bad services to you. He did this act based off of a routine he did for a friends funeral. How ironic because Willard's campaign is on it's death bed.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    ELIZABETH WAREEN 2012 & BEYOND

    September 18, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Pete

    See even Clint Eastwood said if you're dumb enough to ask me then expect anything right!!Hey republicans you wanted truthfullness,now ya got it,right Clint, republicans got what ya paid for!!

    September 18, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Meka

    I agree with you Clint!!!

    September 18, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Yep

    Yep! They ARE dumb enough Clint!

    September 18, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Facts don't Lie

    if Clint is defending the GOP this is a very strange way of showing it.

    September 18, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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
    -------------------------------------------------
    It can conversely be said that if you were hard-up enough to accept, or dumb enough to accept you should've taken into consideration your reputation as an actor, as a person which was shot to smithereens after that ridiculous exhibition of senility-gone-bad.
    Lastly, chump, that line would've gone over better if you'd said it directly after the convention versus making that ridiculous comment about President Obama being the biggest American hoax. Has the onset of alzheimer's given you a terminal case of Bush Amnesia?
    Mission Accomplished. Good job there Brownie.

    September 18, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. John

    Your right Clint, the GOP is very very dumb. Even Mr. Rick Santorum has admitted that the GOP does not attract the educated voter. The GOP campaign is better than the keystone cops.

    September 18, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. zp

    Love our man, Clint! Try and twist his words all you want – he was awesome at the convention !

    September 18, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Canuck

    The Democrats were able to , proudly and effectively, use a former President to address their convention. The Republicans just hope people have short memories.....

    September 18, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Boy is this a fun "news" week.

    September 18, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. truth hurts

    the chair was OK but a coat rack with an empty suit hanging from it would have been a far more accurate portrayall of Obama.

    September 18, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ditto, Mr. Eastwood, ditto.

    September 18, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. w l jones

    Act three, .Bless.

    September 18, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. bb

    Im with u 100% clint our pres is an empty chair,, no insult ment to the chair !!!!!

    September 18, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. BLKMANinAmerica

    LMBAO.................well repuks are and were 'DUMB ENOUGH"...........................as the saying goes STUPID is as STUPID DOES and Monday night stupid committ by robo-Robney says it all for each repuk. STUPID!

    September 18, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. whay

    Seriously, my fellow Americans, a vote for Mitt Romney will guarantee starvation and depression in America and the world.

    September 18, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. 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.

    September 18, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. vtu

    Using a funeral bit at the RNC–what a beautiful metaphor.

    September 18, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Kef14

    Just take his opinion for what it's worth. He's obvious completely ignorant of the issues facing America right now. He's an ultra rich, very very old guy focusing on making movies and writing stories which likely uses up 95% of his awake time. Can't expect the guy to give any useful opinions about big issues that have zero effect on his life.

    September 18, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Mtheumer

    Now I am convinced that Clint was a mole for the Dems.

    September 18, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Sooner or later, we knew that Fox foreign owned media daily republican party talking points would sink their, the Kochs, and Rove's hand chosen, candidate, Mittens. The truth is, Americans are now aware that tax cuts for the wealthy does not create jobs, anti abortion legislation in congress does not create jobs, out sourcing jobs to China does not create jobs in America, tax evasion does not create jobs, and money laundering does not create jobs. That is the entire republican platform.

    September 18, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. truth hurts

    whay - Seriously, my fellow Americans, a vote for Mitt Romney will guarantee starvation and depression in America and the world.
    ==============================================================================================

    but we have this now with Obama!

    September 18, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. FedUp

    I loved what you gave us, Clint. It was great!

    September 18, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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