After a Chrysler Super Bowl ad starring Clint Eastwood became something of a political football, the Oscar-winning star decided to weigh in on its significance. Eastwood, a Republican, insisted that he is not “politically affiliated with Mr. Obama” but also added, “If Obama or any other politician wants to run with the spirit of that ad, go for it.” Huffington Post reports:
After a day filled with chatter about the political implications of his “Halftime in America” Super Bowl commercial for Chrysler, acting legend Clint Eastwood moved to quell any speculation that he was making a pitch for President Obama’s economic policy.
“l am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message about job growth and the spirit of America,” Eastwood, a libertarian and longtime Republican voter, said Monday evening on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” about the ad, which features him extolling the virtues of a revitalized Detroit. Chrysler was one of the companies saved in President Obama’s 2009 auto bailout, which Eastwood has publicly opposed. “I think all politicians will agree with it,” he continued. “I thought the spirit was OK.”
Eastwood, who said he was “not supporting any politician at this time,” also gave his blessing for either party to reference the spot, or at least its message.
“If Obama or any other politician wants to run with the spirit of that ad, go for it,” he said.
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