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Ann Romney: Clint Eastwood's Speech Was 'Unique'

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Ann Romney said she appreciates the support Clint Eastwood gave her husband's presidential bid, even if the actor's bizarre monologue at the GOP convention isn't earning rave reviews.

Romney told "CBS This Morning" she didn't know what to expect when Eastwood came on stage Thursday as a warm up act. Eastwood's rambling conversation with an empty chair representing an imaginary President Barack Obama drew laughs in the convention hall, but has been widely mocked by critics.

She said she wished more people had seen the biographical videos of her husband.

Ann Romney was peppered with questions on morning news shows about whether Eastwood's appearance was a distraction. She said Eastwood is "a unique guy and he did a unique thing last night."

She quickly pivoted into a case for her husband. "Again, you can never take away from the fact that this country's in trouble and people are looking for real leadership, and I know Mitt's the man for this moment."

“I don’t think anyone can go the way Clint Eastwood wants it to go. We were just thrilled, frankly. I was thrilled, for his support," she told NBC's "Today."

On ABC's "Good Morning America," she said of his speech, "I frankly hadn’t given it much thought. I didn’t know he was coming on stage."

Eastwood's routine went on twice as long as planners expected, cutting into the hour of prime time coverage for Republicans.

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