- The Washington Times - Monday, December 28, 2015

Actor and director Clint Eastwood weighed in on the 2016 GOP presidential candidates, saying “any one of them” would be a better leader than President Obama.

Sitting down with “Extra’s” Mario Lopez, the outspoken Republican said he hasn’t yet decided on whom to support for the GOP nomination.

“I haven’t made any selection ‘cause there’s quite a few of them and I think there’s quite a few of them that are really good people,” said Mr. Eastwood, 85.

Asked if he thinks front-runner Donald Trump can win the nomination, Mr. Eastwood seemed unsure.

“I don’t know. It’s an unusual thing he’s done so far,” he said of the business magnate. “I mean he’s done quite well, so we’ll see where he goes. I think people are looking for somebody who’s outspoken and who isn’t afraid, and he seems to have kind of a fearless attitude, he’s great.”

He went on, “I like Ben Carson ‘cause he’s kind of a common sense guy and he also doesn’t seem to be afraid. And Rubio, who I’ve met and I like very much, and Ted Cruz. Any one of them would be better than we got.”

Mr. Eastwood, who gave a memorable performance involving an empty chair at the last GOP convention, said he doesn’t know if he will attend the next.

“I was invited last time at the very last minute. I suppose they might not want me this year because I’ll be talking to chairs or doing something stupid,” he told Extra.

Mr. Eastwood, who is now directing “Sully” with Tom Hanks, said he’s enjoying making films and doesn’t have plans to return to acting any time soon.

“Someday maybe somebody will come up with a really good role that fits my curmudgeon personality,” he said.

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