There have been rumors and various speculations all week that there would be a special guest at the Republican National Convention.
Tonight is the final night of the abbreviated Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida shortened by one day due to safety concerns caused by Tropical Storm Issac. There is a big line-up tonight including Florida Senator Marco Rubio and the acceptance speech from Mitt Romney himself plus now confirmed America’s beloved tough guy and former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood, who generally does not get involved in political campaigns.
Republicans managed to inject some drama into their convention this week, in addition to Isaac, with the speculation about who might share the stage with Mitt Romney in addition to Marco Rubio. Possible names have ranged from Sarah Palin to Rush Limbaugh, while others tabbed Tim Tebow, the evangelistic New York Jets quarterback, or perhaps real estate mogul Donald Trump who was cut after Monday’s program deleted. Even former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush were mulled as possibilities as well as Nancy Reagan by video and Clint Eastwood, and then Fox News reported Wednesday that a Republican source said it would be the "Million Dollar Baby" (Blu-ray) director and former Mayor of Carmel, California.
It has now been fully confirmed that Mitt Romney will have a familiar gravelly voiced act to follow tonight. Academy Award-winning actor and director Clint Eastwood will be the mystery speaker expected to address the RNC crowd before the Republican presidential hopeful takes the podium, tonight, on the last night of the GOP convention in Tampa.
The GOP has typically kept a wary distance from Hollywood and in-turn many conservative Hollywood types from politics. All the same, given Jon Voight’s vocal presence at the Tampa summit, as well as the public backing provided by other conservative celebrities like Chuck Norris, Kelsey Grammer, Ted Nugent and Janine Turner (a speaker at the convention), a bit of strategically placed celebrity advocacy during election season tends to draw media attention, at the very least. Some think Jon Voight might have been instrumental in getting Clint to appear at the convention. Mitt is also liked, respected and supported by most of the athletes who participated in the Utah Olympics; several appeared at the convention.
Earlier this year, Eastwood came under criticism from conservatives for a Super Bowl ad that some interpreted as a tacit endorsement of President Obama. But Eastwood officially endorsed Romney at a fundraiser in Sun Valley, Idaho, earlier this month.
Eastwood, best known for his on-screen roles as "Dirty Harry" will be a great addition to the final night of the convention. When asked by Fox’s Neil Cavuto, from the Fox Business Channel, House Minority Leader Eric Cantor said, “All Clint needs to do is walk on stage… stop for a pregnant pause and say, “Make My Day” and Americans of all stripes would get the message! Let us hope they will!!
h/t to Fox News, Yahoo and AllVoices
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