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The Mitt Romney campaign got a surprise Hollywood touch when the veteran actor Clint Eastwood turned up at the Republican Convention.

But the rambling off-the-cuff diatribe left many wishing he had not bothered.

Throughout, he addressed an empty chair, as if an imaginary President Obama were there.

“I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to be president anyway,” he said, forgetting that Mitt Romney has a law degree. “I think attorneys are so busy. You know, they are always taught to argue everything and weigh both sides. And you know they are always devil’s advocating this and bifurcating this and bifurcating that, you know, all that stuff. But I think it’s maybe time, what do you think, for maybe a businessman. How about that!”

He might have got a good reaction in the hall, but even one former Romney adviser tweeted “Note to file: Actors need a script.”

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