August 4th, 2012
12:13 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney lands Clint Eastwood endorsement

Sun Valley, Idaho (CNN) - It could have been a scene from one of his films, but fortunately for Mitt Romney, it was no act when Clint Eastwood endorsed him Friday night.

At a fundraiser in the Idaho resort town of Sun Valley, where Eastwood owns a home, Romney said the legendary actor and director "just made my day."

But Eastwood showed up at the Sun Valley resort as a citizen concerned about the direction of the country, telling 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 that there's a fairness and people are not pitted against one another as to who's paying taxes and who isn't."

The 82-year-old also weighed in on the controversy involving U.S. Olympians, depending on their income bracket, getting taxed on their medals.

"[W]e don't want anybody taking away the Olympic medals tax-wise from the Olympic athletes. I mean it's kind of embarrassing," Eastwood said. "Here we are, trillions of dollars in debt, and here the government's talking about getting a couple nickels, in their language."

Romney introduced Eastwood to more than 200 people, "There's a guy here from the world of acting who has pursued his dreams in a very unusual way. He stood up to the industry and sort of did it his own way."

Eastwood learned about Romney when he was filming Mystic River in Massachusetts.

"And at that time Gov. Romney was running for governor and I kept seeing him appear on television all the time and I said 'God this guy, he's too handsome to be governor, but he does look like he could be president," he said as the audience laughed. "And as the years have gone by, I begin to think even more so about that."

Eastwood managed to keep his endorsement private until he showed up at the fundraiser, which helped raise more than $2 million for the Victory Fund, a joint effort between the Romney campaign and the RNC.

He arrived in sunglasses, gray sneakers, tie and blazer along with his signature dry sense of humor, joking with reporters when asked why he decided to endorse Romney. "I haven't endorsed the governor...Oh yeah, no I just did."

Before this TV producer started to record our brief exchange, Eastwood warned that filming him would steal his soul.

Reuters reporter Sam Youngman made a reference to a Super Bowl ad about Detroit starring Eastwood, which at the time stirred speculation he might be supporting President Barack Obama.

"Is this your second act of half time in America endorsing Romney," asked Youngman, to which Eastwood replied, "Maybe."

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soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. Bootlegger

    One rich joker backing another.

    August 5, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. DanRyanMan

    A Fistful of Dollars is the first European cowboy film that made Clinton a well-know name in US.

    Now, he is endorsing a politician who has more than a Fistful of Dollars in his Offshore, Blind-trust account.

    Vote with your Blind Trust. Vote for Mitt.

    August 5, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. silly old man

    so sad, Clint was my hero....
    willard Mitt Robmy, what a looser employing old, brain loosing men
    this is real, not Hollywood.....

    August 5, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. FlotsamJetsam

    It is a bit ironic that Romney got the Clint Eastwood endorsement considering how upset most Republicans got at the half time commercial Clint did for Chrysler. There were so many comments back then about how that was a veiled endorsement of Obama, blah blah blah.

    I think the average American could care less which actor endorses whom.

    August 5, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Najie

    Voting for Willard Romney is like BUYING CAT IN BAG! He is not an honest, sincere and likable person. And he is a bully. He is promising things he has no intentions of delivering. BESIDES... HE NEEDS TO SHOW MORE THAN ONE YEAR TAX RETURNS.

    August 5, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. James Ashley

    Clint lost me when he fought against putting handicap parking in his hotel

    August 5, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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