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Clint Eastwood makes party faithful's day at Republican National Convention

Clint Eastwood whipped up the audience at the Republican National Convention today, before US presidential nominee Mitt Romney's acceptance speech.

The 82-year-old Dirty Harry star and Oscar-winning director of Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby criticised President Barack Obama for failing to turn the economy around and for wanting to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects.

Eastwood said Mr Obama had failed to deliver on his promises and it was time for Mr Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan to take over.

He entertained the audience with a mock interview with Mr Obama, posing questions and pretending the president had told Eastwood to shut up.

Eastwood endorsed Mr Romney earlier this month at a campaign event in Sun Valley, Idaho.

The crowd roared at its first glimpse of Eastwood, the night's surprise guest. "Save some for Mitt," he told them.

In free-wheeling, joke-filled remarks, Eastwood remembered the enthusiasm around Mr Obama's nomination four years ago.

"Everybody's crying. Oprah was crying. I was even crying," he said.

Then he quickly pivoted to the serious. "I haven't cried that hard since I found out there's 23 million unemployed people in this country. That is something to cry for. That is a disgrace, a national disgrace," he said.

"This administration hasn't done enough to cure that" and it was "time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem", he said.

Eastwood got an adoring standing ovation by telling the delegates: "When somebody does not do the job, we've got to let him go."

At their insistence, he ended with his Dirty Harry catchphrase, joined by the crowd: "Go ahead, make my day."

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