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Clint Eastwood speech not vetted by RNC or Romney

Clint Eastwood said he reassured RNC aides "everything I would say would be nice about Mitt Romney.โ€

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The Internet responded with a flood of jokes and memes after Clint Eastwood gave a rambling speech to an 'invisible Obama' at the Republican National Convention Thursday. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Director Clint Eastwood has finally broken his silence on last week's baffling speech at the Republican National Convention.

So did he or didn't he get the okay from Mitt Romney and other Republicans for the 12 minute rambling monologue directed at an empty chair with an 'invisible Obama'?

Eastwood, the former Mayor of Carmel, California told The Carmel Pine Cone the speech was not vetted.

“They vet most of the people, but I told them, ‘You can’t do that with me, because I don’t know what I’m going to say,’” Eastwood explained to the local newspaper.

Hours before the speech, Eastwood said he reassured Romney’s campaign manager, Matt Rhoades merely "that everything I would say would be nice about Mitt Romney."

Eastwood told The Carmel Pine Cone, as he was walking on stage "inspiration struck."

"There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down,” Eastwood said. “When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn't’ keep all of the promises he made to everybody.”

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“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Eastwood told the paper. “Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.”