Actor Clint Eastwood endorsed Mitt Romney at a fundraiser in Sun Valley, Idaho on Friday, reports THR.
Eastwood was in an audience of 325 and Romney spotted him from the stage and invited him up.
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“There is a guy here from the world of acting,” Romney said. “Who has pursued his dreams in a very unusual way: He stood up to the industry and did things his own way.”
Eastwood said that Romney was best suited to fix the tax system.
“I was doing a picture in early 2000s called Mystic River in his home state,” said Eastwood. “At that time, Gov. Romney was running for governor. 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 continued and mentioned the recent controversy over the taxes the Olympic athletes have to pay on their medals when they return back to the country.
“Also, we don’t want anybody taking away the Olympic medals, tax-wise, from the Olympic athletes,” Eastwood said. “The government is talking about getting a couple of nickels. It’s now more important than ever that we need Gov. Romney, and I’m going to be voting for him as I know most of you will be. … We’ve got to just spread the word and get the whole country behind this.”
Eastwood is one of the few outspoken conservatives in Hollywood. He identifies himself as a libertarian and endorsed John McCain in 2008.
After Eastwood officially endorsed Romney on Friday, many of the iconic actor’s fans were somewhat upset, forcing his wife Dina to take to Twitter and explain things. However, she makes him sound more like an independent than a libertarian. But that’s just our personal observation.