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Eastwood endorses Romney's US election bid
Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood says he is backing Republican's presidential bid because 'country needs a boost'.
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2012 07:42
Eastwood said that he hoped Romney would be able to put a new tax system based on fairness into place [Reuters]

Clint Eastwood, the Oscar-winning actor and director, has endorsed Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, during a Sun Valley fundraiser.

"I think the country needs a boost," Eastwood told The Associated Press as he joined other Romney supporters for the private campaign event on Friday.

In February, Eastwood told Fox News that he was not supporting any politician at that time. Some saw the "halftime in America" ad he made for the Super Bowl as a nod toward President Barack Obama.

Eastwood responded then by saying he was not "politically affiliated" with the president.

"Now more than ever do we need Governor Romney. I'm going to be voting for him," Eastwood told Romney supporters on Friday night.

"He just made my day," Romney said. "What a guy."

Tax reform

Standing at Romney's side, Eastwood said he was filming "Mystic River" in Massachusetts almost a decade ago when he first saw political advertisements featuring Romney, who was running for governor at the time.

"I said, 'God, this guy, he's too handsome to be governor, but he does look like he could be president'," Eastwood joked. "As the years have gone by, I began to think even more ... about that."

Eastwood, 82, said he hoped Romney would restore "a decent tax system that we need badly ... so that there's a fairness and people are not pitted against one another as who's paying taxes and who isn't."

The actor and director instantly became Romney's highest-profile celebrity supporter. Romney has also earned the endorsement of Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight and rock star Kid Rock.

A campaign spokesman could not immediately say whether Eastwood would play an active role in the campaign.

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