Ann Romney: Clint Eastwood ‘did a unique thing’

By David Edwards
Friday, August 31, 2012 10:24 EDT
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Ann Romney speaks to CBS News
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Ann Romney says she appreciates the support of actor Clint Eastwood and the “unique thing” he did during his Thursday speech at the Republican National Convention, but she would have rather seen a video praising her husband, Mitt Romney.

During surprise, rambling speech in which Eastwood interviewed an invisible Barack Obama, the actor shocked observers and set social media on fire.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called the performance “the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen at a political convention in my entire life, and it will be the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen if I live to be 100.”

The following morning, CBS host Norah O’Donnell asked Ann Romney if she would have preferred that a biographical video about her husband’s childhood had taken Eastwood’s primetime spot.

“We appreciated Clint’s support, of course,” the candidate’s wife laughed. “But, yes, I do wish more people had seen those touching moments [in the video].”

“The Clint Eastwood thing, was it a distraction, was it a mistake?” O’Donnell wondered.

“Well, again, we appreciated Clint’s support,” Ann Romney repeated. “He’s a unique guy and he did a unique thing last night.”

“I didn’t know it was coming,” she added. “Again, I can tell you, we’re grateful for everyone’s support.”

Watch this video from CBS’ This Morning, broadcast Aug. 31, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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