A Chrysler Super Bowl ad in which actor Clint Eastwood champions a rebounding U.S. economy and resurgent auto industry is being interpreted as a tacit endorsement of the Obama 2012 campaign. Politico reported Monday that Obama adviser David Axelrod called the commercial, which aired during the Super Bowl, a “powerful spot.” The automaker denied any political agenda behind the ad:

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“It’s halftime. Both teams are in their locker rooms discussing what they can do to win this game in the second half. It’s halftime in America, too.” Eastwood says. “People are out of work and they’re hurting. And they’re all wondering what they’re gonna do to make a comeback.”

Pointing to improvement in the auto industry as a positive sign, the “Dirty Harry” star goes on, “Detroit’s showing us it can be done. …This country can’t be knocked out with one punch. We get right back up again and when we do, the world is going to hear the roar of our engines.”

Though the commercial didn’t mention any politicians by name, Twitter quickly lit up with speculation: Was Eastwood giving props to President Obama for bailing out the auto industry? And was the ad a veiled endorsement of his re-election?

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