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He has gone from secret weapon speaker to a thorn in the Republican Party’s side.
Clint Eastwood is out in force, making the rounds to promote his upcoming new film, The Trouble With the Curve, but it has proven impossible for reporters not to ask him about his unconventional, chair-admonishing speech at the Republican National Convention last month.
Speaking with Extra, he said, “If somebody’s dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention and say something, they’re gonna have to take what they get,” while he was a bit more forthcoming with Good Morning America.
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“They are the employees, the people we elect,” he said, describing his intended message that night. “If they don’t do it successfully, we have to analyze it accordingly. I was just trying to give a practical statement towards anybody out there who gets overly idealistic about things.”
The politician for whom he was urging re-evaluation, President Obama, later said that he still was a fan of Eastwood’s work, to which Eastwood responded by laughing, “Well that’s his [Obama’s] bad judgment. Actually, he seems very charming to me.”
On the policy front, Eastwood pitched his libertarian leanings on Ellen, when he discussed his social liberalism and fiscal conservativism.
“The condition of society right now, with the high unemployment rates and the tremendous debt we’re increasing and the government spending,” he said, “we’d think there’d be [many more worthy issues] to think about [rather] that worrying about gay marriage.”
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