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US Election Updates - September 15, 2012

Don't kiss up to politicians, urges Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood revealed on Friday that the aim of his speech at the Republican National Convention was to urge Americans to stop idolizing politicians.

The Oscar-winning actor and director made the comments at a news conference while promoting his upcoming movie Trouble with the Curve.

"My only message was that I just want people to take the idolizing factor out of every contestant out there and just look at the work, look at the background and make a judgment on that," he told reporters who asked him about his lengthy 'empty chair' speech last month.

"I was just trying to say that, and I did it in kind of a roundabout way which took up a lot more time I suppose than they would have liked," said Eastwood.

"People don't have to kiss it up with politicians, no matter what party they're in," he added. "You should evaluate their work and make your judgments accordingly. That's the way you do in life in every other subject. But sometimes in America we get gaga, you know, we look at the wrong values."

Last week, Eastwood told a local paper in California that he decided just minutes before going on stage to cast an empty chair as an invisible President Barack Obama.

Eastwood delivered his unorthodox speech to a television audience of millions before Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a keynote address.