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TIME's Joel Stein on Clint Eastwood's RNC speech: 'The best moment I've ever been to at a convention'

The Republican National Convention has officially concluded with Mitt Romney accepting the GOP nomination for president. Many tuned in to view Romney’s moving speech which focused on various aspects of his personal life and also targeted President Obama’s promises over the last four years. It was however a surprise speech by actor Clint Eastwood that stole everyone’s attention.

Time Magazine Humor Columnist Joel Stein weighs in on the unscripted address from Eastwood with the “Starting Point” panelists. “I’ve been to eight conventions, that is the best moment I’ve ever been to at a convention,” Stein says. Directed at an empty chair, Stein wonders how the Romney Campaign allowed the speech to happen saying, “they’re such a scripted group.” “I’d love to hear the pitch that he made where everyone said, ‘Yes, let’s do that,’” Stein says.

 “You only have a few opportunities in these campaigns to get your message out,” The New Yorker Washington Correspondent Ryan Lizza adds. “And we’re all sitting here talking about a somewhat crazy moment by Clint Eastwood rather than what was in Mitt Romney’s speech.”

 “I’m not sure it really spoke to the critical issues,” Democratic Florida Congresswoman Kathy Castor adds. “It was a light moment.”

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