Ryan says Eastwood was being himself during RNC speech
LAKELAND - Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Friday that Clint Eastwood was just being himself during an unorthodox speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday. "Clint Eastwood is Clint Eastwood and we're just really happy to have his support," Ryan said during an interview with News Channel 8. "One of the things he pointed out that I thought really touched a lot of people is it's unacceptable that 23 million people are struggling to find work." Eastwood, 82, has been criticized for delivering what has been called a bizarre and rambling endorsement of Mitt Romney, the GOP's presidential nominee. During the address, Eastwood, an actor and Oscar-winning director, carried on a strange conversation with an empty chair, which was intended to represent Barack Obama.Ryan said he and Romney didn't discuss the speech afterward. "I grew up watching spaghetti westerns, Clint Eastwood movies," Ryan said. "It was just nice to see and have his support."