Nightly News   |  October 14, 2011

Vice President Clint Eastwood?

According to an oral history recording, the George H.W. Bush team at least briefly considered Clint Eastwood for vice president before choosing Dan Quayle. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: Well, we knew President George H.W. Bush 41 was a Clint Eastwood fan. He's as well remembered for that read my lips quote as Eastwood himself, but what we didn't know until today was the Bush team, at least briefly, considered Clint Eastwood for VP before choosing Dan Quayle instead. This info has been found in an oral history recording of James Baker . In it Baker says Eastwood 's name was thrown out at a meeting when Bush was 18 points down. Eastwood , remember, was a Republican mayor of Carmel , California . Baker says the idea, as he put it, was "shot down pretty quick."