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Clint Eastwood discusses RNC appearance on “Ellen DeGeneres Show”

Photo Credit: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

Photo Credit: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

Clint Eastwood appears on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show today to discuss, among other things, his Republican National Convention address involving an empty chair.

“It was an interesting reaction, actually,” Eastwood says during his visit with DeGeneres, according to an advance transcript provided by the show. “The Democrats who were watching thought I was going senile and the Republicans knew I was. It was actually, just trying to enjoy myself along the way.”

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” airs at 4 p.m. weekdays on WXIA.

Eastwood stars in “Trouble With the Curve,” which was filmed in and around Atlanta and which comes out Friday. The movie’s director Robert Lorenz was in Atlanta recently discussing the film and said of Eastwood’s RNC appearance, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity, right?” Here’s a link to our interview with Lorenz.

While he was in town Eastwood visited the East Lake Golf Club and checked out jazzman Joe Gransden’s big band performance at Cafe 290 in Sandy Springs.

Although he spoke at the Republican National Convention, Eastwood identifies as a Libertarian, he told DeGeneres.

“Libertarian values: that’s what Republicans used to be when they were saving money and everything,” Eastwood says during today’s show. “Libertarian means you sort of socially leave everybody alone but you believe in fiscal responsibility and you believe ingovernment in staying out of your life.”

27 comments Add your comment

Mr. Ed

September 18th, 2012
8:33 am

Yeah, Eastwood rambled a little, but overall I thought his speech at RNC was spot on target.


September 18th, 2012
9:10 am

huh? he is a what? He’s straddling the fence, that’s what he is doing. Pick a side and stick with it!

Bill the Tool

September 18th, 2012
9:18 am

I vote for “senile.”


September 18th, 2012
9:25 am

If he’s a Libertarian he should be supporting Gary Johnson, not Mitt Romney. Clint is being less than honest. Could it be he’d rather support the guy with more money?


September 18th, 2012
9:31 am

What an outright national embarrassment. The smartest thing he could ever do is stay out of the public eye after that mammothly feeble joke he tried to play, and the subsequent upstaging of the mindless, cardboard NitMitt and his giggly country clubber wife. Then again, no one ever accuses TeaPublicans of having a wealth of intelligence. Given the Rmoney campaign’s recent track record on everything (snicker), maybe they’ll elect to hire Clint to act in a new campaign ad… chortle!


September 18th, 2012
9:41 am

Oh Toredown. Aren’t you so smart and clever. Picking on someone’s wife, making fun of everyone else, being a bully instead of talking about your candidate’s platform.
Please leave your perch in Alpharetta and come down to MLK and spout off and see how smart you appear then.

Dr. Phil

September 18th, 2012
9:47 am

Ann Romney’ solution to financing college: “Cash in some of your stocks.” “Borrow money from your parents.”


September 18th, 2012
10:22 am

I agree with Bill the Tool.


September 18th, 2012
10:54 am

Here’s where the compassionate, tolerant liberals start posting their gentle comments.

Clint won’t be bullied by anyone and doesn’t care what you think. That’s what’s so great about him.

uncle ruckus

September 18th, 2012
10:57 am

Hmm…if he was indeed ‘libertarian,’ then why hasn’t he voiced support for Gary Johnson, or speak out about the way Dr. Paul’s delegates were disenfranchised by the RNC, by way of a rule change by voice vote (which sounded 50-50, by the way, followed by Boehner saying it was an overwhelming majority in favor..), along with the dirty tricks employed during the primaries? He is the only candidate for the republicans who has voted to uphold the Constitution his entire career, yet they lie, cheat, and steal their way to nominate a serial flip-flopper who is bought and paid for by the usual suspects on wall street…and Clint carries their water.
As a parting gift to Paul and his supporters, they had the TSA hassle Paul and his family at a private airport in Tampa, justifying their lawless overreach by claiming he was somehow a threat to Romney.

Clint’s RNC appearance netted him a fat sum of money, no doubt. Hope you don’t choke on it, you spineless old charlatan!

uncle ruckus

September 18th, 2012
11:03 am

*spoken* out


September 18th, 2012
12:08 pm

The reason Libertarians usually support the Republican candidate is because Libertarians have yet to produce an adequate candidate which could compete with the Democrats by winning the majority of the Independent and Republican vote. All Liberals vote Democrat regardless of whether the candidate is an idiot or not. Conservatives will vote for Independents and Libertarians over Republicans if they feel one of those candidates more lines up with their views. By doing this, it divides the vote and will allow Democrats to win elections which as a far from Libertarian/Republican views as politics can be. Libertarians do not wrap themselves in the social crap Republicans jump into, but they do agree with the fiscal conservative view Republicans are “supposed” to run by. Clint said what I wish more would and that was for government to stay out of a person’s persnal life and get back to being fiscally responsible. That is the COMPLETE opposite direction it is heading right now. Funny you ridicule Eastwood for his opinion, yet you praised Clinton for backing a man he called a joke 4 years ago. Clinton says Obama’s plan is the one which will work. Which one is this? Is it the one which has been failing for 4 years or is this a new “stimilus” plan with more claims of success?


September 18th, 2012
12:09 pm

Obamanation needs to be purged from office! That is why Oruckus. You vote for Paul or Johnson that is a vote for Obama.
Everyone talks about Mitt and Ann having millions of $$$ but no one mentions the millions that Obummer has and how he made it. Good ole Freddie and Fannie!!
I would much rather have the Romney millionaires than the Obama millionaires. At least we can choose what to do with our own money and not have someone like Obama choose for us. I am tired of leaches!!!


September 18th, 2012
12:28 pm

I thought Clint was funny and refreshingly candid. And no I am not necessarily Republican!


September 18th, 2012
12:39 pm

I guess Obummer paid his way through college! Yeah right! Somebody please tell me how he came up with a half million to go to college! The liberal media won’t ask the question!


September 18th, 2012
1:51 pm

How come when Pres. Obama talks about the very rich (Romney) he never mentions his dear Oprah she worth million or billions lets ask her how she feels about giving more money to the IRS. You don’t hear much out of her these days. By the way Obama’s worth is now 12 million. I wonder how long people are going to believe the media on the middle income and how we pay for everything. Please think about it. Every one should take a economics class, that way every one understands by education not the media.


September 18th, 2012
2:18 pm

Trixei is spot on correct!


September 18th, 2012
3:50 pm

Clint is right about the libertarian remark and he also happens to live in the US of A and has freedom of speech. But don’t take my word for it look it up. You folks really show what you are by your comments, it’s the old ” if I don’t like what they said you’ll destroy their character” type of politics that shouldn’t have a place in this country.

Joe 12-Pack

September 18th, 2012
6:48 pm

“Pick a side”? That sounds like someone who believes in a two-party system.
I guess you think someone should either be a Republican or Democrat and you are not allowed to think any differently.

Brian Smyrna

September 18th, 2012
9:58 pm

Libertarians and Tea Partiers are jokes. None of you were anywhere to be seen when George W. took us from a budget surplus to a deficit. I have a major issue with these people. If they truly were for America they would have protested on the streets when this mess started not when it was convenient for them to rally against a President that they just don’t like. Consistency goes along way.

If they had protested against George W. and his poor policies I could at the least respect them for their positions. They were very quiet then when the problem started.


September 18th, 2012
10:55 pm

Brian. Dude. You weren’t listening. Why do you think tea partiers came in existence in the first place? If you can’t listen to anyone else, at least listen to yourself – maybe you can hear how little sense you’re making.


September 19th, 2012
1:56 am

GBuck: We all know where the tea partiers came from… at least the vast majority of the movement as it is currently known: They voted for W in 2000 and 2004. They happily stood by him to the end as he drove the country off a cliff. They then tried their best to get McCain and NoBrain elected. Then it took about a year for it to sink in just how badly the Bush Administration had screwed up things (those of us able to think for ourselves knew several years prior). After all these embarrassing adventures and discoveries, these diehard Repubs had to come up with a way to avoid something they love to preach about, personal accountability and responsibility. So… they repackaged themselves as “The Tea Party” in an attempt to avoid the blame and ridicule they so desperately deserve.


September 19th, 2012
1:56 am

Well said Chance @ 3:50pm! The best post here so far…

Brian Smyrna… Please remember 2 things…. 1. Bush warned of the housing collapse and wanted to tighten regulations on Banks (basically reversing some of the Glass Steagall Act that Clinton deregulated)back as early as 2002, but got no support because of 9/11 focus and Chris Dodd/Barney Frank tandem…….

2. The Democrats controled both houses of Congress for the last 2 years of Bush’s Presidency and they were uncooperative at best…. So when you say Bush’s policies, well some of that blame (not all…some…) has to be layed at the doorsteps of the Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid…Both are obstacles to forward progress in this country and need to go home with President Obama……All Three have no idea how to work in a bipartisan fashion….. They held the power… They could have set the example as Obama had promised he would…… He failed, they did not care because they were too busy gloating….. Its time for responsible citizens to care now. Elect a man who is not perfect, but is right for the situation our country is in. He has the right expertise/experience, where the current POTUS is severly lacking (never held a private sector job? Really?….Sorry but I would not vote for a candidate from any party with that resume…)

Romney/Ryan 2012


September 19th, 2012
7:43 am

Totally agree with btull13.


September 19th, 2012
7:59 am

I think both sides are quite ignorant. Someone up there says choose a side and stick to it…bad news is that going all the way to one side or the other NEVER works for anyone. Look at the socialist bs we have now. As much as I dislike Clinton, he straddled that fence very well, and as much as many of you dislike Bush…so did he. Truth is that we have to stop relying on Gov’t to take from others to support what we want and go out and earn it ourselves. I say this as someone who is educated and was out of full time employment for almost 6 years. My family and I struggle to make ends meet on two full time incomes, not because we do not make good money, because we PAY TAXES…and make less thank $100k a year, oh and will say we paid $5k last year to the IRS in one failed swoop. Just to help you all with the math that is 5% of our income on top of what we paid in. Not to mention that $6k, so yes I want lower taxes, less gov’t involvement in my life, and to be left the hell alone by politicians so that I can do the best for my family. Clint you are absolutely correct! I do not need you all that are radicals on the left and the right making decisions for me, I can handle it myself. Those blind democrats supporting more gov’t involvement…the economy did not grow because of social programs and bailouts, it grew because of almost non-existent unemployment and monetary growth. The only way to get that is to allow EVERY citizen to KEEP more of the money they make. Republicans, while I like a strong military and want us protected, my wallet is not the place to pay for that. Work within a reasonable budget, balance it every year, and get rid of the programs that are sucking the life out of the economy. Entitlement programs spawn another level of dependency on gov’t and a class of people who refuse to take RESPONSIBILITY for themselves, back in the day we all did that, now everyone blames everyone else for their problems. The whole lot needs to get a grip.


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