"I heard that
During Thursday’s telecast of the Republican National Convention, legendary comedian
His account was going through the roof during Eastwood’s rambling “stand-up” routine, during in which he pretended to have a conversation with an imaginary
The routine called to mind Newhart’s classic
"She said [twitter followers] are saying, 'He's doing you,'" Newhart said by phone Friday afternoon. "We need a quote of some kind."
Newhart had the RNC on the television waiting to catch Republican presidential candidate
"I just caught the tail end of Clint," said Newhart, who has met Eastwood and found him to be a "very nice man."
"I don't know how long he had been on, but the chair was there," he said. "I kept watching it and watching it. I want to say to Clint -- it's not as easy as it looks, is it?"
Newhart quipped that he thought Eastwood’s unique speech, which lighted up social media sites as soon as
"Both of the conventions are like four-day infomercials. The only thing missing is [someone saying] 'wait, we'll give you two Romneys for the price of one.'"
The comic is apolitical these days. "I was very political when JFK ran," the 82-year-old Newhart said. "I campaigned for JFK because he's Catholic and I'm Catholic and they never said it, but you knew you were going to hell if you didn't campaign for him."
But he doesn't feel it is his place to publicly support any candidate. "I just felt people shouldn't vote because I like somebody. I would hate to influence someone."
Since his tweet Thursday evening, Newhart said he's gotten 4,000 new followers and is inching toward 27,000.
"This was a bolt out of the blue," Newhart said. "It was totally unexpected. It shows you today how this social media is so immediate."