Former President George H.W. Bush considered Hollywood heavyweight Clint Eastwood as a potential running mate, according to new interviews released Friday.
The University of Virginia and Bush Presidential Library Foundation released more than 350 hours of audio interviews from 50 administration officials Friday, ABC News reported. Among the revelations was that the "Dirty Harry" legend was briefly considered for the No. 2 spot.
“When we were way behind. Honestly, [Eastwood] was suggested in not an altogether unserious – Well, he was a mayor. He was a Republican mayor,” former Bush campaign chairman and Secretary of State James Baker said
Eastwood served one term as mayor of the conservative ocean side community Carmel, Calif. in the mid-1980s.
"Anyway, it was shot down pretty quick," Baker said. "But we were looking at an 18-point deficit."
Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.), Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.) were also reportedly under consideration. Bush ultimately selected Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle.
Baker said his first reaction to Quayle was that he was "maybe not the most qualified, but he brings other attributes that are extraordinarily important."
Eastwood has voiced his distaste for President Barack Obama, saying last year he's "not a fan" and "I just don't think he's governing."