Clint Eastwood on the Cain train, but still ‘a Chris Christie fan’

J. Arthur Bloom Deputy Editor
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In “A Few Dollars More,” famed Hollywood gunslinger-turned-director Clint Eastwood once asked, “Isn’t the sheriff supposed to be courageous, loyal, and above all, honest?”

In interviews promoting his new movie “J. Edgar,” Eastwood has opined about which of the GOP candidates best meets the man with no name’s litmus test.

“I love Cain’s story,” Eastwood told the Los Angeles Times, despite allegations of sexual harassment from four women. “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.”

At the Washington, D.C. premiere of “J. Edgar,” the director told Politico, “I think Newt Gingrich is still the smartest guy in the room. I’m a Chris Christie fan, but that didn’t work out.”

With the exception of a 1998 vote for Gray Davis, Eastwood has never voted for a Democrat.

On former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, he told the LA Times, with a hint of sarcasm, “You have to admit — he looks like a president.” Romney and Eastwood crossed paths while the Hollywood star was filming Mystic River in Massachusetts. “I mean, if you were casting a movie where you needed someone to play president, you’d definitely pick him.”

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