By Erin Strecker
Updated September 18, 2012 at 06:08 PM EDT
Clint Eastwood
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Clint Eastwood is still talking…although this time, it’s not to an empty chair.

The 82-year-old Oscar winner was on Ellen today, and the host — after asking him about his “quiet summer” — wondered if he wanted to clear anything up regarding his controversial statements at the Republican National Convention a few weeks ago.

“The Democrats who were watching thought I was going senile,” Eastwood told Degeneres. “And the Republicans knew I was!”

He also had some tough words for members of both parties’ behavior over the last couple of years, referring to the whole lot as “drunken sailors.”

Eastwood also clarified exactly where he stands on certain issues. He stated that he was a Libertarian moreso than a Republican, and, after some prompting by Ellen about what that meant for his stance on gay marriage, said, ” [It’s] a part of the libertarian idea: Leave everybody alone!”

Check out Eastwood talk about his beliefs — as well as his thoughts on his family’s reality show, Mrs. Eastwood and Company, below:

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