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Romney Defies Peter Berg, Continues 'Friday Night Light' Theme Use (Photo)

Mitt Romney Friday Night Lights Slogan - P 2012
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The football drama's creator slammed the GOP candidate, saying "Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series."

Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Continuing to use.

While Mitt Romney concentrated his attacks Tuesday night on President Obama, his personal assistant -- or as he calls himself, a "body man" -- took what seemed to be a subtle shot at Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg. Last week, Berg fired off a letter ripping the GOP nominee for using in speeches and campaign signs the motto of the high school football team in the show, "Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can't Lose."

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And so, David Jackson, who uses his Twitter account to provide candid shots behind the scenes of the campaign, posted a photo of Romney touching a sign with the phrase in question as he exited a dressing room, a nod to the ritual football players perform when they leave the locker room and head to the field.

Whether the photo was from Tuesday night or not is uncertain; a photo posted just before the dressing room shot showed Romney behind the curtains of the stage, waiting to be called to the verbal arena.

Still, that he posted it at all may not sit well with Berg, who said in his letter to Romney, "The only relevant comparison that I see between your campaign and Friday Night Lights is in the character of Buddy Garrity -- who turned his back on American car manufacturers selling imported cars from Japan."

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Then again, Buzz Bissinger, who wrote the book on which the show is based and is Berg's cousin, told THR, "I love Pete but he is being childish and petulant. He should be flattered that Romney is honoring his show. Obama tried to use the slogan as well but unsurprisingly was ineffective in getting the message across."

Bissinger has come out in support of Romney, after ripping him earlier in the campaign cycle.