August 30th, 2012
02:47 PM ET
10 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 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. Ready

    The Republicans are having a great convention, I'd be worried if I was an Obama supporter. Maybe Bruce Willis will show up!! You democrats can now go back your smear and fear game...I'm sure we'll now hear how evil Clint Eastwood is.

    August 30, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. ROBCC

    For some inexplicable reason, I read comment after comment on day after day. I've never posted. However, it's time I point out the utter lack of knowledge and/or understanding of issues by those on the left. The Republicans invite Clint Eastwood, one of the most respected actors and elders in America to make a speech at their convention, and the left compares that to the "Hollywood Elite" that moan and cry and threaten to move out of the country ast they donate millions upon millions of dollars to Democrats who "care" more about the people.

    August 30, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. ghostriter

    Clint is just auditioning for a role in the next Expendables flick. Him and the Governator.

    August 30, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Darryl

    There could be only 2 reasons for Eastwoods apperance. 1, eighter he doesn't know about the cutting of, education, arts museums, science, forest protection, enviorment standards, water & air protection, ect, or 2 He does know and supports makeing the middle class and the poor pay for the 2 wars and the perscription bill and the future medical bills for the Military men & women who will need help. And he does NOT want to Help paying higher Taxes that he can absolutely afford. Or just mabe he getting senial and old and confused. After all he is almost 86 yrs old.

    August 30, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. MDDD

    Voting Obama Biden in November.

    Elizabeth Warren gets my vote for Senator in Massachusetts.

    Never voted for Romney for governor nor would I be interested in Eastwood's choice.

    August 30, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. simpleguy73

    It's funny to read the post that make light of Eastwood's appearance. God (or should that be a little "g" for the non-believers-I have to remember my "PC" on here.) knows if it were George Clooney or Roseanne Barr they (liberals) would be gushing from the seams.

    August 30, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    Drama idior's drama is gone lone time ago....

    August 30, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. the real ib

    Fnny how all you libs are just fine with Obama cozing up to the rich but can't stand the fact that some in Hollywood have some common sense and sees Obama for what he really is. Obama claims to be for the middle class and poor yet his cap and trade bll that he is using the epa to put in force since he can't get even his own democrats to vote will will cause everyone's home energy costs to skyrocket (skyrocket is Obama's own term by the way) and his great Obamacare has over 20 taxes that are either new or will rise that hits middle class and poor the hardest. You got it Obama is for the middle class and poor; for them to pay more taxes while he says they aren't. Don't forget his energy sec. also said they want gas prices to be the same as in Europe ($8.00 per gal. now) so here we go middle class and poor again.

    August 30, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Go USA

    Make our day ... vote Obama out in November!

    August 30, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Michelle

    Oh how exciting. Another Repuke prune too old and wrinkled to be relevant. Guess Trump had too hot a date to give up.

    August 30, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. ghostriter

    Romney's speech:

    Right now, you gotta be asking yourself, "Did he flop 5 times or 6?" To be honest with you, I lost count myself. But what I do know is that I've got Americans for Prosperity, the most powerful conservative SuperPAC in the world. So you gotta ask yourself, do you feel luck.....Well, Punk, DO YA?

    August 30, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. pplr1

    If true that doesn't surprise me.

    Remember his superbowl ad that said people are waiting for things to change. It plays with the current GOP theme of blaming the debt on Obama while ignoring their own hand in growing and voiding a compromise on it.

    Don't forget the ad photoshopped out what the real protesters in Madison had on their signs (supporting worker's rights) in one of the scenes and photoshopped in his clock symbol to work with the theme he may be trying to portray.

    August 30, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. firecoachk

    So now the GOP loves Hollywood elites?

    August 30, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Jim in PA

    This is where you will all see how much classier liberals are than conservatives. Conservatives trash classy, good actors like George Clooney, simply because he is liberal. You will NOT see that level of partisanship against Clint Eastwood, who is a classy, good director, and incidentally conservative.

    August 30, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Woman In California

    Rudy NYC


    No one had a problem with Oprah and her support of OBama back in 2008.
    Are you kidding me? It was a major "problem" with Sarah Palin. Sen. Obama had appeared on Oprah in 2007 and Sarah had the gall to demand that she be allowed to appear. Oprah said, "No." Obama had appeared as an author during on her Book of the Month shows, not as a politician. The right wing went nuts. They said, "Boycott the Oprah Winfrey Show."

    Thanks Rudy you beat me to that point. Now, here's another point: Oprah HAS THE MIDAS TOUCH and people know that and republicans were in FEAR. She endorsed Barack Obama and he is NOW the president. Clint Eastwood or Oprah Winfrey?

    August 30, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. TomVIO

    the real ib... It's not that they are rich or friends with the rich. Obama, even though is rich and has many rich friends, still trying to make the rich pay more taxes so that we, the middle class, wouldn't have to pay as much out of the little $$$ that we have.

    Romney and Repubs, on the other hand, want to make policies that will help the rich get even richer.

    Now, I don't mind anyone getting richer, I praise them and respect them, but I do care when they are getting richer by almost enslaving us, the middle class.

    If a company is making billions of $$ in profit, why is it that the worker is only getting $50k/yr.? Why not compensate the worker who is actually the biggest reason for the profits?

    August 30, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Atheus

    Clint, I have nothing but respect for you as an actor. Truthfully you are probably my all-time favorite. But please, stick to what you know. There is no way in hell a Republican will ever put in place a fair tax system.

    August 30, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. bill dunn

    Clint, wake up! During the Super Bowl you voiced over a commercial touting Detroit, (you obviously had a good time making Grand Torino there). Now your going to endorse the guy who said that Detroit could basically go to hell over the guy who basically saved Detroit. Also if you think Romney is going to make the tax system more fair than you are going senile, or else you are just another greedy millionaire.

    August 30, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. beevee

    Another rich old man siding with low tax paying liar. I am not surprised that Mr. Eastwood is invited to speak at the RNC convention.

    August 30, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. mdanger

    Snooze. Get a real celeb, GOP.

    August 30, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. Valentina

    @MDDD – I guess my vote will cancel yours out in MA as I am voting for Romney/Ryan and Scott Brown. FYI: Lizzie's will be an embarrassing loss considering liberals spent millions of dollars on her to 'take Kennedy's seat back'. And, I must add, Obama's margin of victory in MA will be very very slim (around 5%).

    August 30, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. shawn

    boo. no more eastwood movies for me.

    August 30, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Brooke

    Who caare he alway been a let him make the GOP's day......

    August 30, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. southernwonder

    this is not a good thing for gop to invite eastwood. he hates liars, and is quick on the draw.

    August 30, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. Just WOW!

    Clint would slap the mascara off Clooney's face!

    August 30, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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