(NEW YORK) — A video mash-up of speakers from last week’s Republican National Convention does not include an appearance from the “mystery RNC speaker,” Clint Eastwood.
The two-and-a-half minute video posted Sunday to the Romney campaign’s YouTube account features former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, VP nominee Paul Ryan and of course, Romney himself, but it leaves out Eastwood’s controversial speech.
Eastwood caused a stir at the convention and on Twitter with a rambling speech Thursday night, in which he interviewed an invisible President Obama in a wooden prop chair.
The speech launched a trend called “Eastwooding,” and prompted one supporter to tell Vice President Joe Biden, “You gotta keep the chair.”
“You got that? The invisible chair,” Bev Kalmer of Poland, Ohio said.
White House senior adviser David Plouffe called Eastwood “an American treasure,” on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.
“We’re all Clint Eastwood fans here in the Obama campaign,” Plouffe said.
A Romney adviser said the presidential nominee found Eastwood’s routine funny, but other Republicans worried it disrupted the flow of the final night at the national convention.
“I personally think Clint Eastwood was a mistake before he came out,” former California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina said Sunday on Meet the Press.
Speaking on the same show, former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich called the performance “a distraction.”
“I think in the long run it’s almost irrelevant. But it’s the sort of bump that gives everything something to tweet about, and it provides lots of fodder,” Gingrich said. ”On the other hand, if you’re Mitt Romney and your choice is to have Saturday Night Live decide to pick on Clint Eastwood or pick on you, I think– I think I’d give them Clint Eastwood for every night for the rest of the campaign.”
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