A new ad supporting Mitt Romney from an independent conservative group features actor and director Clint Eastwood, this time in a more somber tone and minus any stage props.
The 30-second spot, from super PAC American Crossroads and entitled “At Stake,” is a departure from Eastwood’s high-profile appearance at the Republican National Convention, and carries some ominous words from the Oscar-winning Hollywood icon.
“In the last few years, America’s been knocked down,” Eastwood intones, over images of workers, factories and shipping containers.
“Obama’s second term would be a rerun of the first, and our country just couldn't survive that,” Eastwood says. “We need someone who could turn it around fast, and that man is Mitt Romney. There’s not much time left, and the future of our country is at stake.”
Eastwood’s performance at the Republican convention in August, a rambling discourse with an empty chair meant to represent President Obama, was one of the most talked about events in this year’s campaign. Steven Law, president of American Crossroads, told The New York Times that he was impressed with what Eastwood said at the convention.
“I think what struck us in Tampa was not so much what the media talked about,” Mr. Law told The Times. “But in his remarks, he delivered some really powerful lines about democracy, things like: ‘You own this country. The politicians work for you.’”
The ad will start running Wednesday in seven states, according to The Times: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia.