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Barack Obama tweets Clint Eastwood speech response: This seat's taken

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Barack Obama has offered a short response to Clint Eastwood's headline-grabbing appearance at the Republican National Convention.

Hollywood veteran Eastwood, an outspoken conservative, gave a speech on Thursday evening (August 30) in which he "debated" with an empty chair representing Obama.

US president Barack Obama in his chair

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The incumbent US president's campaign team posted a photograph on his official Twitter page with the caption: "This seat's taken."

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign team distanced themselves from the content of Eastwood's speech on Thursday night (August 30), saying: "Judging an American icon like Clint Eastwood through a typical political lens doesn't work.

Clint Eastwood addresses an empty chair as though it were President Obama, Republican National Convention (RNC) - August 30, 2012

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"His ad-libbing was a break from the political speech-making, and the crowd enjoyed it."

The US presidential election takes place on Tuesday, November 6.

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