In a recent interview with the LA Times, Clint Eastwood appears to back Herman Cain for president. But to be fair, the interview could have been conducted before Cain’s crazy train went off the rails. If you ask us, he sounds like a Ron Paul man.
The Los Angeles Times ran an interview with Clint Eastwood a few days ago to promote his new movie “J. Edgar.”
In the interview he discusses his political views, voting history and who he likes for the 2012 election. Eastwood admits that he’s never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate—his unbroken string of Republican votes starts at Dwight Eisenhower in 1952 and continues right up through McCain in 2008. When it comes to 2012, he likes Herman Cain.
“I love Cain’s story,” he says. “He’s a guy who came from nowhere and did well, obviously against heavy odds. He’s a doer and a straight-talker, which I don’t see enough of from either party.” He’s tepid at best on Mitt Romney, of whom he says, “If you were casting a movie where you needed someone to play president, you’d definitely pick him,” and even less enthusiastic about Rick Perry: “If he wanted to meet me, he might be a little disappointed.”
But in Eastwood’s defense, press junkets for movies are orchestrated well in advance and this interview could have been conducted before the Herman Cain crazy train went irrevocably off the rails. For instance, it was just three weeks ago that Cain flipped his positions on abortion and gay marriage from being staunchly laissez faire to anti on both counts. Eastwood, a libertarian, is an outspoken advocate for both abortion and gay marriage rights. In a recent issue of GQ he railed against Defense of Marriage Act: “Don’t give me that sanctity crap! Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.”
And then of course there are the sexual harassment accusations that have haunted Cain for the past two weeks. Regardless of what becomes of the allegations, it’s hard to look back on Cain’s story, which now by his own admission includes one settlement fee of $35,000 for sexual harassment and one for $45,000 and say, “I love Cain’s story.”
For a guy who hasn’t voted Democrat in his life, with the exception of one gubernatorial race in California, the question becomes, who’s left to support? Especially in light of Cain’s sexual harassment problems and Rick Perry’s catastrophic “oops” last night, who’s left to endorse other than Mitt Romney? For Eastwood, the answer seems obvious: Ron Paul.
Eastwood admits that the only time he ever considered breaking his streak of Republican votes was for independent Ross Perot in 1992. “I liked him,” Eastwood says, “I guess because I like rebels.” Perot shares his status as a Texas rebel outside the normative mores of the Republican party with Ron Paul.
Plus, Eastwood shares Paul’s Libertarian passion for keeping government out of the bedroom and cutting the deficit. He told LA Times, “I’m a big hawk on cutting the deficit. I was against the stimulus thing too. We shouldn’t be bailing out the banks and car companies. If a CEO can’t figure out how to make his company profitable, then he shouldn’t be the CEO.” It could have easily been spoken by Paul himself.
Of course, one area they’d part ways is on Ron Paul’s one hypocrisy: abortion. A true Libertarian keeps government out of that decision as well and leaves it in each woman’s hands. Paul, citing religion, would ban abortion and overturn ‘Roe v. Wade.’
Eastwood may not find his perfect candidate this time around. Still, if you ask us, he looks like a Ron Paul 2012 man.