Herman Cain could use a friend right about now, especially one has gone by the name of ”Dirty Harry.”
It seems Hollywood legend, director and famous fiscal conservative Clint Eastwood is a fan of Cain’s rags-to-riches saga.
“I love Cain’s story,” Eastwood, 81, told the Los Angeles Times in an interview promoting his latest film, “J. Edgar,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
“He’s a guy who came from nowhere and did well, obviously against heavy odds,” Eastwood said of Cain. “He’s a doer and a straight-talker, which I don’t see enough of from either party.”
He has seen plenty of Mitt Romney, though, who was running for governor in Massachusetts in 2002 when Eastwood filmed “Mystic River” there. Eastwood is no fan.
“I saw a lot of him and you have to admit, he looks like a president,” Eastwood said of Romney with sarcasm. “I mean, if you were casting a movie where you needed someone to play president, you’d definitely pick him.”
Although it might seem that Eastwood would have more in common with gun-toting Texan Rick Perry, the “Unforgiven” star said with a shrug, “If he wanted to meet me, he might be a little disappointed.”
While Eastwood has been voting for GOP presidential candidates since 1952, he’s probably best described as a libertarian.
“I’ve always been very liberal when it comes to people thinking for themselves,” said Eastwood, who supports gay marriage, abortion rights and environmental protection. “But I’m a big hawk on cutting the deficit. I was against the stimulus thing, too. We shouldn’t be bailing out the banks and car companies. If a CEO can’t figure out how to make his company profitable, then he shouldn’t be the CEO.”