Washington: A video mash-up of speakers from the Republican National Convention does not include an appearance from actor Clint Eastwood.
The two-and-a-half minute video posted on Romney campaign’s YouTube account features former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, vice president nominee Paul Ryan and, Romney himself, but leaves out Eastwood’s controversial speech.
According to ABC News, Eastwood caused a stir at the convention and on Twitter with a speech in which he interviewed an ‘invisible’ President Barack Obama on a wooden chair.
The speech prompted one supporter to tell Vice President Joe Biden, “You gotta keep the chair.”
According to the report, White House senior adviser David Plouffe called Eastwood “an American treasure”, adding: “We’re all Clint Eastwood fans here in the Obama campaign”.
A Romney adviser said the presidential candidate found Eastwood’s skit funny, but other Republicans said it disrupted the flow of the final night at the national convention, the report said.
“I personally think Clint Eastwood was a mistake before he came out,” former California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina said.
Former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich also called the performance ‘a distraction’.
First Published: Monday, September 03, 2012, 16:33