Patt Morrison for August 6, 2012

Clint Eastwood endorses Mitt Romney, could more in Hollywood follow?


Actor Clint Eastwood appears in a Chrysler television advertisement that was shown during the Superbowl on February 5, 2012.

Many of Hollywood’s elite are known for their long standing support of left leaning candidates and causes. President and Democrat Barack Obama has snarled traffic and drummed up sizable donations at L.A. fundraising events where the guest lists have included names like Clooney, Spielberg, Damon and Parker that have been long associated with liberal ideals. But some big names in Hollywood lean the other way - most notably legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood, who has long been associated with a California-tinged version of conservatism.

Eastwood’s famous ‘Halftime in America’ 2012 Super Bowl commercial got people talking about which candidate Oscar winning director and star of the Dirty Harry movies would endorse in 2012 after supporting and campaigning for Republican John McCain in 2008. Last week Eastwood threw his well worn hat into the ring for Mitt Romney, but how much company does he have in Tinseltown? Could Clint Eastwood’s recent endorsement of Mitt Romney be an indication of the traditionally-liberal Hollywood scene supporting the Republican party in the future?


How can celebrity endorsements help or hurt Presidential candidates? Can Romney expect to see a bump in the polls?


Ted Johnson, writes the “Wilshire and Washington” blog for Variety

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