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Clint Eastwood has a little bit more to say about this year’s presidential election.
The Oscar-winning actor and director made waves with his largely unscripted speech at August’s Republican convention, speaking to a chair meant to be President Obama. In a new ad he has cut for the Republican Super PAC American Crossroads, Eastwood instead speaks directly into the camera.
Harnessing his salt of the earth, working-class image, Eastwood cites the nation’s unemployment numbers and trade imbalance with China, telling voters in swing states — it will air as part of a massive ad buy in seven battleground territories — that “if someone doesn’t get the job done, you gotta hold ’em accountable. Obama’s second term would be a rerun of the first and our country couldn’t survive that.”
Following his speech at the RNC, Eastwood hit the press trail to promote his baseball family drama, The Trouble With the Curve, but did not shy away from talking politics. He told reporters that he had told the Romney campaign that they could not vet or review his speech, and that his chat with the chair was a last-minute decision.
“There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down,” he told his hometown paper. “When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea: I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody.”
Romney, for his part, said that he was laughing at the speech backstage.
“You don’t expect to have a guy like Clint Eastwood get up and, you know, read some speech off a teleprompter like a politician,” he said on Meet the Press. “You expect him to speak from the heart and that’s exactly what he did.”
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