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Political candidates get help from actors


Clint Eastwood was Governor Mitt Romney's opening act before his acceptance speech Thursday night.

The actor & Oscar-award-winning director was greeted with a standing ovation from the crowd, but it was his speech that had some mixed reviews.

"What? What do you want me to tell Romney? I can't tell him to do that. He can't do that to himself, you're crazy," said Eastwood in his speech at the RNC.

"I'm sure many people when Romney started talking were still thinking about what was Clint Eastwood saying up there," said Fred Waldstein, political science professor at Wartburg College.

Waldstein has been watching the Republican National Convention from the beginning.

"There was almost the crescendo affect and then all of the sudden plopped down in the middle of that night before the nominee goes on and give his major address is this speech from Clint Eastwood which simply didn't work well in my opinion," said Waldstein.

President Obama's campaign seems to be following suit with the celebrity endorsements.

Friday, actors Ashley Judd and Ben McKenzie made stops throughout Iowa including a stop in Waterloo.

"It's about the grassroots and households and building communities from the bottom up and that's why we are here to meet people one on one and share from that heartland level because that's the way the president believes in change," said Ashley Judd.

So who exactly are these celebrities' target audience?

"I think there is a sense that we don't really know the candidates well as we know some of these celebrities and some people identify with celebrities and if they can get some kind of connection to the celebrity appeal of those individuals I think they are hoping will transfer over to the candidates," said Waldstein.

Actors & musicians both get involved in the presidential politics. Remember Chuck Norris endorsed Mike Huckabee early in the 2008 race and Iowa native Hollywood Ron Livingston has appeared on the campaign trail in past election years as well.


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