A source close to Mitt Romney and his wife Ann confirmed that actor and director Clint Eastwood will make a surprise appearance at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night. Well, it was to have been a surprise, at least.
Eastwood is a well-known Republican and has been for many years. He endorsed Romney for president at a fund-raiser earlier this year and has gone on record as saying that he believes Romney will “restore a decent tax system” in America.
Of course, Eastwood has also spoken highly of Ron Paul, whose libertarian views probably fit Eastwood’s self-described political leanings better than Romney. Eastwood has also gotten behind Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich.
Unlike Romney, Eastwood has been vocal about his support for issues like addressing global warming and giving marriage rights to gay couples. “These people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage?,” Eastwood said in an interview last year. “I don’t give a f*ck about who wants to get married to anybody else!
Eastwood’s personal life doesn’t really line up with the family values often touted by the Republican party, either. Eastwood has fathered seven children with five different women.
Of course, if and when Eastwood speaks to the RNC delegates tonight, he will surely tow the party line and avoid any issues where he and Romney may not see eye to eye. Will his words give Romney a boost in the polls, particularly in the key demographics Romney is targeting? That remains to be seen.