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August 31, 2012

Romney campaign tries to explain Eastwood

The Romney campaign is saying Clilnt Eastwood's controversial performance at Thursday night's Republican convention was unscripted, but well-received.

If the crowd hadn't like it, they would have booed or otherwise expressed their displeasure with the actor-director, said top Romney strategist Stuart Stevens.

"It was an improv. He had done this at two fundraisers," he explained.

Including the empty chair Eastwood debated? "That was an improv," Stevens said.

The chair was not discussed with campaign officials, and it was unclear how it wound up on stage. Certainly the prop people knew, said one Romney aide who did not want to be quoted.

The candidate himself? "He was laughing," Stevens said.


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