Clint Eastwood is the latest celebrity to endorse Mitt Romney’s presidential bid. According to the Washington Post, Eastwood was spotted at a fundraiser for Romney in Sun Valley, Idaho Friday night.
At the fundraiser, the veteran actor told the crowd that when he was filming “Mystic River” in Romney’s home state of Massachusetts, the GOP nominee was running for governor. Eastwood said,
“I said, ‘God, this guy is too handsome to be governor, but he does look like he could be president.’ As the years have gone by, I’m beginning to think even more so that. He’s going to restore a decent tax system that we need badly so that there is a fairness and people are not pitted against one another of whose paying taxes and who isn’t.”
Eastwood also told the crowd that he was going to vote for Romney, whose leadership he said is “now more important than ever.”
Republicans previously blasted Eastwood for his Chrysler “Halftime in America” ad that aired during the Super Bowl in February. They said it echoed President Obama’s change campaign, although the actor said the ad was not an endorsement of the president. Eastwood said,
“I am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message about job growth and the spirit of America.” Eastwood also said at that time that he was not supporting any politician.
Earlier Friday, Mitt Romney gained an unlikely celebrity endorsement from retired porn star Jenna Jameson. So far, Romney hasn’t responded to Jameson’s support. Romney also, kind of, picked up an endorsement from Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi late last month.
After Eastwood spoke at the fundraiser, Mitt Romney took the microphone from him and said,
“He just made my day. What a guy.”
The 82-year-old actor has changed political affiliations several times throughout his life. He registered as a Republican to vote for Eisenhower in 1952, and supported Nixon in 1968 and 1972. However, he has also supported California Democrats, including former governor Gray Davis and liberal representative Sam Farr. Eastwood has described himself as “a political nothing,” a libertarian and a moderate. He has also said he doesn’t see himself as a conservative, but that he isn’t “ultra-leftist” either.
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