George H. W. Bush Considered Eastwood for VP

Friday, 14 Oct 2011 03:37 PM

By Marti Lotman

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Former President George H.W. Bush momentarily considered choosing Clint Eastwood as his vice presidential running-mate, reports the New York Post.

Recently discovered audio tape interviews with prominent members of Bush’s administration reveal that Eastwood’s name was thrown around as a potential vice presidential running mate in 1988.

Former Secretary of State James Baker is heard acknowledging that Eastwood was discussed for the position of vice president, in an interview discovered by ABC News.

“Did you know that Clint Eastwood’s name was thrown out at one point?” Baker said. “When we were way behind,” he said.

“It was suggested in not an altogether unserious . . . Well, he was a mayor. He was a Republican mayor,” Baker said.

“Anyway, it was shot down pretty quick. But we were looking at an 18-point deficit.”

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